FIVE members of the 1st Charmouth Scout Group have been selected to represent Dorset at the world’s largest Scout Jamboree.
The event will be held in South Korea in August 2023, where up to 50,000 young people from almost every nation on earth will be taking part.
The five local Scouts from Charmouth Scout and Explorer Groups – Minnie Harding, Verity Brown, Annabel Mackenney, Ned Cadwell and Flo Taylor – will be part of a group of 3,240 young people that have been selected from the UK to join the World Scout Jamboree.
Also selected was the Charmouth Explorer Group Leader, who be joining the young people and helping to plan and organise training in the lead up.
The announcement comes following news that two Explorer Scouts from the 1st Lyme Valley group in Uplyme have also been selected to attend.
The Jamboree is a skills, cultural and adventure festival happening in sensational and scenic South Korea. In the summer of 2023, they will be meeting thousands of Scouts from nearly every country in the world.
The World Scout Jamboree offers young people the chance to learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life, as well as campaign for change on key world issues that matter to them.
The young people were selected because they demonstrated team work and leadership abilities as well as plenty of enthusiasm. They will have the opportunity to discover new cultures and take part in activities focusing on the environment, skills development and global development issues.
Between now and July 2023 the Scouts will attend training camps and team building events, also preparing them for travelling to and living on the hot and humid site in SaeManGeum, Korea.
Explorer leader Clare Mackenney said: “I was selected to be a leader for this amazing event which I am thrilled about, but this is all about the young people. Finding out that five of our local Scouts also made it through selection makes it even more special and is unprecedented for our group.”
Fundraising is a key part of the experience. Each person has the challenge of raising £3,750 to cover the cost of the training weekends and Jamboree itself.
The World Scout Jamboree will be the culmination of 18 months’ work for the young people and their volunteer leaders, who together are called the UK Contingent.
The young people and parents have started planning group fundraising events. Look out for and Easter Trail in Charmouth, a quiz night, a family fun summer fete style event as well as a Halloween Party at The Hub in Lyme Regis.
UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls, said: “Congratulations to all those who have been selected to go on this amazing adventure!
“World Scout Jamborees only happen every four years and tens of thousands of Scouts from across the world attend each one.
“Young people will experience different cultures, languages and cuisine while learning new skills. After two very difficult years, it is so important that these young people have this opportunity.
“The 2023 Jamboree, hosted by Korea, is set to be one of the biggest and most exciting yet. The theme is ‘Think big. Dream wild. Act together’ – focusing especially on how we can be trailblazers in creating a sustainable world together.”