Mid-Cheshire Scouts visit Redrow’s Hartford Grange before setting off for the World Scout Jamboree. From left: Eleanor Spruce, Lizzie Foster, Redrow’s Chris Edwards, Jonathan Mullett, Rory Innes, Marcus Dolman and in the tent Tom Forbes
Scouts from Hartford will be living the American dream and attending the World Scout Jamboree with help from Redrow.
Taking place from July 20 to August 8, the 24th World Scout Jamboree offers a chance to enjoy new adventures, culture and friendships with Scouts from around the world.
Each Scout is required to raise £3,850 towards the costs of attending while also subsiding attendance for those from poorer countries.
Mid-Cheshire Scouts secured 10 places at the event and successfully applied to Redrow’s Hartford Community Fund towards their fundraising appeal.
Parent and Hartford Scout fundraiser champion Lisa Forbes explained: “World Scout Jamborees take place every four years, with places limited and difficult to obtain. The Scouts all went through a competitive selection process including an application form, reference, panel interview, team building assessments and leadership tasks. A group of 10 Mid-Cheshire Scouts were very fortunate to receive places, five of which are very excited to be representing Hartford.
“The World Scout Jamboree will be a great opportunity for our Scouts to meet people from other countries, learn about their culture, and teach them about ours. Their attendance will be a real benefit for their personal development, but also to the local community. When they get back from the jamboree, they will use their experiences to inspire Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and even Leaders from Mid-Cheshire, to take advantage of the brilliant opportunities that they are being offered by Scouting.”
The jamboree is being held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, Mount Hope, West Virginia, USA. The Scouts will be away from home for three weeks; they will camp with Scouts from around the world, then have a home stay with a host family in Canada and with their Unit will go on a city break experience to New York and Washington DC.
Since 2016 Redrow has directly invested more than £20,000 into good causes in Hartford and the surrounding areas via voluntary community funds.
Caroline Thompson- Jones, area sales manager for Redrow homes (NW), said: “Scouting is an excellent way for young people to play an active role in their community. The Mid-Cheshire Scouts have done an excellent job raising money towards the cost of attending the jamboree and we were happy to be able to help via our Hartford Community Fund. We hope they enjoy lots of adventures during the jamboree.”