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Excitement builds as Scouting trio set sights on Far East

TRIP OF A LIFETIME: From left, Beth Stenson, Ethan Barrett, Scout leader Julie Penney and Angel Richardson.

TRIP OF A LIFETIME: From left, Beth Stenson, Ethan Barrett, Scout leader Julie Penney and Angel Richardson.

For Scouts and Guides, a spirit for adventure is not just a favourable personality trait, it is a way of life.

So when the chance to visit Japan for the world’s biggest Scouting get-together arose, three teenagers from Great Cornard could not believe their luck.

Beth Stenson, Ethan Barrett and Angel Richardson, from the 1st Great Cornard Mill Race Explorer Scouts, are all still pinching themselves at being given the opportunity to attend the 23rd Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama.

“It sounds amazing and when I heard about it I knew I wanted to go,” said Beth, 16, from Bakers Mill.

“It will be an experience I will remember all my life and look back on.”

As part of their stay, the trio will spend time in Tokyo, visit the site of the Hiroshima bombing, stay with a Japanese family and soak up the country’s water sports.

But first, they need to raise £3,300 each to make the trip possible.

“It is quite a daunting amount, but we have lots of fundraising ideas,” said Ethan, 15, from Head Lane.

Angel Richardson, 14, from Great Cornard, added she was looking forward to seeing a different culture and meeting new people.

As part of their fundraising, the Scouts, who all attend Thomas Gainsborough School, are planning a table sale at the Scout hut in Bures Road on February 1, from 10am to 2pm.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Scout leader Julie Penney.

“They will meet so many people and get so much out of it. It will be fantastic.”

The jamboree will be held for 10 days in July and August 2015 and the trio have until next February to raise their funds for the adventure.

 

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