Today sees the start of a big adventure for three members of Eastleigh District – Sue Nash (13th Eastleigh), Rob Iskett (District Commissioner) and John Mabb (District Chairman) are off to Japan to take part in the 2015 World Scout Jamboree.
Before they left, we caught up with them to ask them a few questions about their trip.
First up is Sue. We started by asking here Where she is going and when she is heading to Japan?
“I fly on 22nd July (arriving in Tokyo on 23rd July) I leave Tokyo on 9th August to spent five days in Beijing before returning to the UK on 14th August. I am heading yo Tokyo for 3 days, Kirara-hama Yamaguchi (the Jamboree site) for 14 days then Beijing, China for 3 days”
What made you decide to go to the Jamboree?
“Having attended 4 Uk Jamborees, 2 as part of a group and 2 as IST I wanted to see what a World Scout Jamboree would be like. I was lucky enough to visit Brownsea Island during the Centenary celebrations and was amazed by the huge variety of Scouts from around the World, I am imagining that the World Scout Jamboree will bring back memories as well as being an opportunity to create new memories.”
What will you be doing whilst you are out there?
“I will be working in the community doing a variety of community based activities, which could include, gardening, DIY, painting, visiting schools or care homes”
What is the best thing you are looking forward to?
“The visit to Hiroshima to pay my respects to the victims of the nuclear bomb will be both emotional and awe-inspiring. “
What is the worst thing you are not looking forward to?
“I hate flying and I am slightly worried about how I will cope in the heat and humidity”
What is your greatest expectation of the trip?
“To have the opportunity to meet Scouts from around the World as well as making a difference to the community of Kirara-hama.”
What will make your trip a successful one?
“Making new friends and knowing I’ve done a good job.”
What experiences do you think you will be able to bring back to the UK and share with Eastleigh District?
“I hope to inspire the next generation of Scouts to get involved in local community projects as well as international Scouting opportunities.”
You can find out more about Sue’s adventures so far, and keep up to date with her trip on her blog – https://stumpywsj2015.wordpress.com
Tomorrow, we’ll hear from Rob and finally John as they are travelling to the other side of the world