Steve Brine MP is backing a group of Chandler's Ford Scouts as they look to join the largest Scouting event in history.
In 1920, 8,000 Scouts from 34 nations gathered at Olympia, London. Lord Baden-Powell was sworn in as the World Chief Scout and the World Scout Jamboree was born. Taking place approximately every four years since, with only a brief hiatus for World War II, the event swiftly became the pinnacle of the Scouting calendar, and has been referred to as the Olympics of Scouting.
In 2019, 50,000 young people from over 160 nations will gather at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, in West Virginia, to celebrate the 24th World Scout Jamboree. It will be the largest such event ever staged, and eleven of their number are set to come from Chandler's Ford if they reach their fundraising targets.
Sandy Dror, of Chandler's Ford Scouts said: "Co-hosted for the first time by three nations - USA, Canada and Mexico - and under the banner of Unlock a New World, these young people will unlock new adventures, new cultures and new friendships.
"This is the largest fundraising task ever undertaken by the district, needing to raise an eye-watering £62,490 for everyone to be able to take up the places, which they have earned.
"This not only covers each participant's expenses, but also contributes to the costs of the UK Scout Team and subsidises the poorer nations, who otherwise would not be in a position to attend. Individuals are working hard on smaller projects and a Committee has been formed to organise a range of fundraising events over the coming eighteen months."
Steve Brine MP, himself a former Scout, said: "The World Scout Jamboree is above all an educational event that brings together the world's young people to promote peace and mutual understanding, to develop leadership and life skills and to embrace the notion of global citizenship.
"I am delighted to support their fundraising endeavours, and I know that the jamboree experience extends beyond homes - and beyond the boundaries of countries, of course - to create a global adventure that will last a lifetime."
Sandy Dror added: "Next year will also see Chandler's Ford sending five Scouts to participate in Project 19, an educational event promoting Scouting, leadership and life skills across America, with a further two boys from Chandler's Ford travelling to Uganda to carry out charitable projects.
"Their aims are to protect two water wells, to paint and renovate a local school, to provide essential school supplies and to run Scouting activities for the local Scouts.
"This is the highest number of participants ever selected from Chandler's Ford and it is testimony to the quality, drive and dedication of both the leadership and the young people themselves."
"We have set up a charitable bank account to pool the funds raised by the Committee for distribution among the eighteen young people involved. Any contribution you are able to make, however small, will be put to good use and gratefully received."
Want to help?
You can help these worthwhile expeditions come to fruition by making a donation to Chandler's Ford International Scouts, Lloyds Bank sort code 30-92-94, account number 44661460.
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