This is a brief writeup of what was said to the parents present last week.
The leaders speaking to the parents were Matt (Unit Leader), Carole (Acting Assistant County Commissioner International) and Jack (UK Contingent Management Team)
Matt had a sample kit list – the children need to start thinking about what they need. There was some discussion over walking sandals and lightweight trainers. Max bag weight is 20KG and all kit has to fit in it! Please remember things can get damaged/lost etc so designer probably isn’t best.
Going there on Friday evening, participants can use their own Oyster cards if they wish (cost of camp adjusted). We’ll be ‘getting lost’, visiting a temple and going to a Japanese supermarket! Staying in Barnet Borough Scout District (NW7 1P)
Spending money of between £150 and £400 in yen and on a card of some sort would be appropriate. There are cash machines on site, and Yen is available in the UK. Tokyo is expensive, so expect to spend a lot early on. Passports to be carried 24/7
We still don’t know. There are issues getting us buses from Japanese airports inwards. We’ll be meeting the night before in the UK so that we can check participants have all the necessary! (Woodhouse Park, Avon)
Contact in Japan:
Every YP will have a wristband of emergency numbers permanently. There was some concern raised by leaders that the abundance of Wifi might bypass the official communication methods (via our Home Contact), but apparently most of the participants don’t contact their parents while away from home!
There is no unit wide plan to visit Mount Fuji while on HoHo, but its likely the families may go on a visit. We’re still waiting for our contact in Japan.
Temperature at night does dip towards 20. Day passes to the site can be bought for day visitors.