The Scouts is a fantastic organisation, promoting adventure, the ability to learn new skills and teamwork, it provides a wonderful opportunity for young people.
This year, Scouts from Walney and Ulverston have headed to Japan for what will be the experience of a lifetime.
Japan is the host for The World Scout Jamboree, and this year 4000 scouts from across the UK will meet up with 30000 others from just about every other country in the world for the 2 week international event. It will be a fortnight that they will never forget.
Over the next 2 weeks the Scouts will be involved in traditional cultural activities, and getting to know fellow Scouts from different countries, a great way to meet new people and gain new skills. The Jamboree will also include 7 days of activities that are centred around global development, a peace programme (which is based at Hiroshima), exploring nature and the Crossroads of Culture and the City of Science.
During their stay, they will also experience home hospitality. Staying in traditional Japanese homes with local families gives them a chance to really experience life in a different country.
Not only is this something that these young people will benefit from, it also gives the adult volunteers valuable skills that they can use in other aspects of their lives when they return home too.
It’s nice to know that a little bit of Barrow will stay in Japan long after two Furness children leave for home. Before brother and sister James and Katherine Atkinson left for Japan; Deputy Mayor, Councillor Anita Husband gave them a shield of the Barrow Coat of Arms to present to their home hospitality hosts.
If you’d like to know more about the Scouts, or would like to know where your nearest Scout Troop is, please visit http://cumbriascouts.org.uk/