Five months into the Jamboree Journey, last weekend two of the Gloucestershire Unit found themselves in Manchester on a Scouts Speak Up course, and I took the opportunity to find out how the preparations for the Jamboree were going.
The Scouts Speak Up course is designed to give young people the confidence to talk about scouting and promote what they’re up to, and so Sunday morning was the perfect opportunity to put their new skills to the test .
Rachel applied for the Jamboree because she thought it would be the “ultimate adventure” and has not been disappointed! Her biggest fear was meeting so many new people and some of the training has been geared towards making this easier. At a unit training camp in June the participants were paired up with someone they didn’t know and had to spend the morning with them. This pushed people out of their comfort zone, but by the end of the morning everyone was thoroughly enjoying it. The bonding on the first day allowed them to pack the lunches on the second, and even the rain couldn’t dampen their spirits!
The unit packing lunch – 2000 to go!
The Jamboree is still a year away, but Rachel pre-empted the course and has already been using her skills to give her Jamboree experience back to the community, running Japanese evenings at Beavers and Guides. The unit has recently acquired ‘Japan in a Box’ – a box they can bring to your group to share their experiences and they look forward to hearing from you.
I also got a chance to ask Ned what he’s been doing to help raise the money needed for the Jamboree, which not only pays for himself but also goes towards subsidising the Jamboree for scouts from less fortunate countries.
In addition to helping at unit fundraisers, Ned told me he’s “changes his life quite a bit” and taken a job as a butcher’s boy every Saturday. This bold step means Ned knows exactly what he’ll raise before we go to Japan, and is a great way to not only get to Japan but also to do something that will have a lasting impact for Ned in the future.
Before letting them go to continue preparing their final presentation for the course I asked if they’d managed to use any Jamboree skills in their everyday life. Confidence was the fastest answer I got, but Ned summed it up best: “I’ve managed to use the skills at school, like for giving presentations to year sevens on how to revise”, something he thinks the Speak Out course will help even more. The Jamboree Journey already giving something back!
Ned and Rachel loving the camera!