Christmas Meeting – December 13th

5PM, Kibou Sushi
( 18 Regent Street, GL51 1HE)

The cost will be £15 – please either bring a cheque, cash, or tell us
to subtract it from your banked money as trying to food is very much
part of the training for the trip.

Cheltenham will be VERY busy – if possible I suggest using public
transport to get to the restaurant, with the 51, 61, 94 and 10 buses
(Cirencester, Stroud and Gloucester x2) stopping just around the
corner, and the 41 (Tewkesbury) a 5 minute walk.

We’ll finish by 7.30pm and can be met at the Rodney Road car park
here. Please bear in mind that any time between the meal and the pick
up will be scavenger hunt around the town, so please plan accordingly
with regards to wet weather gear and jumpers etc (Unit polo shirts for
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If there are any last minute queries please email us and text Matt to ensure it gets seen.

If you did NOT say you were coming on the original poll but now are,
please email back so we can make sure enough seats are there!

Matt,  Rish and Geoff

Q & A – December 1st

I’ve attempted to group these into themes – if there’s something missing, please get in touch!


  • There are no machine washing facilities we can use onsite, but we can do hand washing
  • Uniform will not be work all the time (Neckers will be however). Full uniform will be worn at key points, and we’ll wear ‘own clothes’ / ‘unit clothing’ at other (like wicking tops etc)

Money and security:

  • It has been suggested that £200-£300 might be reasonable, however people have gone to Jamborees for as little as 50p! (All necessary food and activities are paid for)
  • There is NO central secure site on camp – we have to look after everything ourselves
  • You can acquire Yen in the UK, but needs to be ordered
  • Prepaid cash cards have been suggested as a good way forward as they can be administered remotely
  • Participants are not allowed to leave the site except on activities


  • There are Wifi hotspots on site
  • There will be Wifi in Tokyo
  • Leaders will be contactable at all times either from the UK via the Home Contact process or from participants/UK contingent in Japan (Skype/Phone during HoHo)

Home Hospitality

  • We will get a contact in Japan around February
  • Anything a participant would like to do during HoHo will need to be organised individually with the host families
  • Leaders will be available 24/7 and will be in a leadership capacity for the duration of HoHo
  • The HoHo pairings are chosen by the Unit

Japan in a Box

  • Please continue to email us to book the box
  • The box runs until December 2015, with new activities released monthly

Unit changes

  • Sadly we’ve had to say goodbye to Toby and Ciara
  • But hello to Harry and Juliet!


Home Hospitality (and more)

For those who couldn’t make this evening, this is the presentation we gave*.:Dec1st meeting presentation

The most exciting bit of news:
We fly on the 24th of July
Mimasu Tokyo first
HoHo in Shizuoka prefecture
Home on the 10th or 11th of August

We’ll also be releasing the Q+A bits as soon as we get it typed up.The invite

*Parts of this presentation will not make sense out of context, but we didn’t want people not knowing the exciting bits. Once we have the Q+A bits, we’ll repost the important information from the presentation in a new format.

We also watched our Plymouth camp video and this video, which we were shown at the weekend. Itls a nice video to remember over the next 8 months!

December – deadlines and dinner

In addition to the fundraising going on in December we have a couple of other events:

1) December 1st – Paying in session and Q+A forum. Following the All Leader weekend, we hope to have lots of information for you. We’ll be meeting at Cranham at 8pm (Parents definitely welcome) for a 30 minute question and answer session (we’ll also have photos/videos from what we’ve got up to so far!) followed by a chance to ask individual questions, pay money in or get your passport scanned*

2) December 13th – Unit Christmas social. Afternoon of activities in Cheltenham followed by dinner at a Sushi restaurant. You’ve got an email about this!

* Again this is in the email. We need images of all your passports. Preferably scan them yourself, but if you can’t we’ll have a scanner.

Fire walking – Postponed

This event has been postponed – we’ll get a new date out

Firewalking is one of those strange things that lots of us wonder about – people seem to be able to do it without getting burnt. If you have ever watched a firewalking event on TV you know that you always see a large, glowing bed of burning coals. The bed is around 10 feet long and the glowing coals are real. People actually do walk across the red coals in bare feet! How is this possible, and can anyone do it just as easily? Well you are about to find out!

First some assurances: This event is being run by the us as a unit, however the actual firewalk is being organised, managed and run by ‘Blaze firewalking’ who are professional, expert, well practiced and insured! They will give you full training before the event (on the day). It is worth having a look at their website.

On the 22nd of November we are offering you the chance to walk on fire!

We don’t want this event to just be for our Jamboree Scouts – we want everyone to get involved! If you’ve ever thought about supporting Scouting then perhaps this is the event for you. It’s fun, challenging and a great talking point in the office! We’re also keen to get other Scouts involved, so anything raised over £100 can be given to another Scouting cause, such as the Harlem trip.

The big challenge is to walk on fire; the smaller one is to raise some funds! We need you to raise at least £100 of which your nominated participant (or the unit) will receive at least £50. We would advise you to ask your sponsors to pay immediately else you will be face with an even bigger challenge of finding them all again! 20 people need to give you a fiver! Easy.

Please aim to have completed your fundraising as soon as possible, and then send a cheque to Cranham Scouts Council at the address below along with a photocopy of your sponsorship form, or hand it to one of the leaders. You can also use the MyDonate system for online sponsorship – email if you need more information.

The evening itself will be loads of fun, including a hog roast; we will be sending you 5 free entry tickets for you to give to your friends and family. Extras are available.

If you have any questions or would like to put your name down to walk, please email

Thank you in advance for your help

Below is a sample sponsorship form:
Firewalking – Sponsorship


This weekend (18th and 19th of October) is the annual JOTI/JOTA event. This is an international event for Scouts all over the world which takes place on the air waves (Jamboree On The Air) and on the internet (Jamboree On The Internet). While the ‘air’ part requires some specialist kit, the internet part can be done by anyone reading this post! There’s an ‘IRC’ (Internet Relay Chat) section which is text based communication that only requires a web browser.

Loads more information can be found here:
Main site

But if you want to get connected quickly and know a bit about what you’re doing, go here:

This is a simple browser based chat client where you type messages to other people from around the world, in small ‘rooms’. There’s a few simple rules, which are nothing you wouldn’t expect and the rooms are monitored by operators (who have an ‘@’ sign in front of their nick names) who will remove people if needed. (For 1st P/BS – including Matt D!)

You’ll be asked for a JID code periodically – it’s a way to track how many people you’re talking to and where they’re based. I’ve registered on behalf of the unit, and our JID code is:

(If you’re here from 1st Prestbury, the JID code is: 5GB67C)
(If you’re here from Black Sheep, the JID code is: 5GB34F)

Channels you may be interested in, which you can join with the command “/join #channelname”
#English – for chatting in English
#youth – for younger participants generally (1st P Cubs)
#japan2015 – for Jamboree people

Other useful commands:
“/nick NEWNICKNAME” – change how people see your name
“/me DOES AN ACTION” – appears to other users as “1stPrestburyAkela DOES AN ACTION”

If you get any JIDs off people, please make a note and send them in to me! (1st Prestbury – please send to the email address for your section, Black Sheep use FB)

Parents – if you’re helping your cub/scout/explorer with this I’d encourage you to read the website a bit to get a good understanding of the nature of the event – while it should be entirely scouts, it is an internet based event and safety precautions should be taken.

Scouts – Read this and talk to your parents if you have any concerns.

Have fun!