Canadian wilderness trip

READY FOR ADVENTURE: Natasha Hill and Ben Goodyear.
READY FOR ADVENTURE: Natasha Hill and Ben Goodyear.

Halstead and Colne Valley Scouts are working together to raise money for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Canada.

The 20 Scouts, all aged between 14 and 18, have each paid £1,200 to take part in the adventure, which will include snorkelling and whale watching, but need to raise a further £10,000 in sponsorship money.

Much of the funding for the incredible trip was secured through grants.

On top of this, the intrepid youngsters have so far raised £5,000 through a variety of fundraising events.

These have included race nights, bag packing and holding an It’s a Knockout-style competition.

Nevertheless, the Scouts know they have a long way to go before they can start dreaming of Canadian coastline.

Scout leader Vernon Smith said: “We raised £1,000 in one go at one of our race nights. We will do some more bag packing and we have a table top sale lined up.”

Many of the Scouts have been to a jamboree – a meeting of Scouts from around the world – before.

The event in Canada, however, is set to be different from the giant spectacles that have gone before.

“It’s going to be a very stripped-back jamboree,” said Mr Smith. “Apart from the Canadian groups, there will only be us and one Russian group going. We’ve been told it’s going to be a very back-to-basics camp.”

After the jamboree has finished, the youngsters will remain in Canada for another week, staying in St John’s, the oldest English-founded city in North America.

Mr Smith said: “We have seen a few photos – the scenery looks amazing.

“We will be whale watching, snorkelling and diving. We will be going on nature hikes and canoeing in the wilderness.”

If the group can reach their fundraising target, they will jet out to Canada at the start of August.

For more information, contact Emily Evason on 07741 142986.