Fundraising update

Well done to everyone – we’re getting there!

A couple of key points.

1) Remember you don’t have to stop at £3000. The camps in February and April will cost up to £150 which can be fundraised.

2) As people are getting close to targets, if anyone does organise a fundraising event please let everyone know – likewise if you had a good idea that worked well please let the leaders know so we can pass it on both for this Jamboree and the next one.

3) The details for the revised firewalk will be out soon, currently looking at late April or early May.

January Unit Meeting

It was great to see so many of you on Monday, but for the few who were unable to make it and the rest of you who may have forgotten, here’s what we did and what we need you to do!


In Japan everyone will have a peg, much like this one

Clothes peg


which is to allow us to see if you are ‘in’ or ‘out’ on our peg board. Those of you at the meeting were all given a peg, if you weren’t please let me know if you need me to get you one or if you can find one yourself. Each peg has to remain roughly that size( you have to bring it to Japan!) but we want you to personalise it – we just need to be able to quick know its yours (so name or initials please!) Matt has a prize for the best decorated peg at the next meeting, and we expect you to bring it with you to all future events.


Silly games:

There were some silly team building games – congratulations to the teams who resisted being poked while supporting each other and to team 2, the overall winners!


In Japan we’re expected to have a Unit performance (think camp fire song). As a unit you have until Saturday lunchtime of the February camp to chose and practice what you want to do, with ‘Heads, shoulders knees and toes’ being the back up if you can’t….


The gift giving culture in Japan is huge. We would like you to think of a small gift you could have as an individual to give to someone – up to around 50. As an example, Matt has found disposable cutlery sets with the union flag on, and Rish is taking paracord to make woggles in the UK colours. We’d also like any ideas you have for full unit gifts, either to give to someone like a tour guide or to share with a visiting unit.

Business cards:

The Japanese love business cards – even the Cubs have them! Design one to take with you. Think carefully about what information you want to put on it – do you want to set up a special Jamboree email to keep any contacts separate from your main email address?


We opened the first of the two letters we wrote at our first Unit meeting in Prestbury, and some people who weren’t there wrote their 8th day letter. If you have not written a letter to yourself, come and see one of us at the next meeting.

Anonymous Q+A:

Something we’ll do again, an anonymous forum to ask questions, verbalise worries or just share something inspiring.

Those who are upset are living in the past, those who are anxious are living in the future. Those who are at peace are living in the present


See the next post


We’re looking forward to seeing those Chopstick photos – send them to me and also Twitter and Facebook!

Wishing you and your families a very merry Christmas :)

Matt, Rish and Geoff

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