Japanese trip is their in-tent

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 09:46

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A SCOUTING pair from Alcester are hoping to raise thousands of pounds to attend a Jamboree in Japan.

Siblings James and Elanor Fordham have both been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in July 2015 on behalf of their unit in Warwickshire and Coventry. But they must raise £3,045 each to cover the costs of travel, equipment and activities as well as a contribution to the UK Solidarity Fund to help Scouts from developing countries to attend the event too.

Both James, aged 16, and Elanor, 14, have been involved in Scouting since they were both eight and are now Explorers and young leaders at their old Cub pack.

The event - which is themed around ‘Wa’, a Japanese word meaning harmony, unity and friendship - will take place over ten days in Yamaguchi City with 30,000 Scouts and Guides representing 216 countries and territories.

Activities will include a trip into the countryside, projects which will help making lasting improvements for the community, a trip to Peace Park in Hiroshima and a trip up the 634m high Sky Tower in Tokyo as well as staying with a Japanese Scouting family.

Elanor said: “I wanted to apply to attend the Jamboree because of the opportunity to travel abroad and meet Scouts from around the world. It is a wonderful chance to experience a different culture, to try new things, and challenge myself.

“I am sure I will come back with memories that will last a lifetime. Only at a Scout Jamboree could you get this sort of global community gathering with one common interest.”

Fund-raising events will include a table top sale at Alcester Scout and Guide Centre on April 26 at 10am and a summer fair and raffle at the same location on June 28. E-mail eandjfundraising@gmail.com to find out more or donate.

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