Weʼre raising £900 to help me volunteer as a member of the International Service Team at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA.
- Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV, USA
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As a Guide Leader of nearly 4 years I have had the most amazing time watching young people grow and develop through Guiding and Scouting. I have seen how young people flourish when on unit camps or participating in International Camps in the UK. When the opportunity arose to perhaps become part of a team helping to make the 24th World Scout Jamboree a success I knew that I had skills that I wanted to share.
I filled out an online form and submitted it, and was invited to a selection event . Unfortunately the nearest events were postponed or cancelled due to snow and so I had a telephone interview instead. Imagine my surprise when a few weeks later I received the news that I had been selected as one of the 750 UK members of the International Service Team. We will join with members of Scout Associations from across the world to form an international team who will be responsible for a multitude of activities at the Jamboree, everything from administration to running adventurous activities such as climbing, BMX, & water sports to food store management and merchandise stores. In short everything required to make the Jamboree a special and memorable event for all 40,000 participants!!!
It seems only fair that if I'm asking for your help to raise funds then I should be doing something to earn that money. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is very large and to help me achieve one of my Personal Development Goals of getting fitter before I get there I will be walking 2 miles a day every day in August. Now that might not sound like much to many of my friends but I was recently diagnosed with an auto-immune condition called Dermatomyositis which causes a skin rash and muscle weakness. At one point in February 2018 I could scarcely get out of bed and shower without help, getting dressed was incredibly difficult and painful and again couldn't be done without help. I am now vastly improved (thanks to the wonders of modern medicine) but walking 2 miles every day will pose a significant challenge to my current physical abilities as my legs are no longer as strong as they were and I get out of breath easily.
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Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV, USA
Scouting and Guiding offer opportunities to girls and boys aged 10 - 14. As Scouts and Guides children learn to be independent, gain skills for life and have the chance to meet new friends and travel. World Jamborees bring all these things together!