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Kon’nichiwa, Nihon ni kangei (part 3)

Last, and by no means least, we have John Mabb, our District Chairman, on what he is expecting to see when he is in japan for the World Jamboree.

Tell us about your trip?

“I am one of the lucky IST members who will participate in ISTokyo that Rob has described so well.  I fly on 22nd July via Abu Dhabi arriving in Narita Tokyo at 13.15 (local time) on 23rd.  We leave Tokyo on 25th July and go to the Jamboree site.  On 9th August about 200 of us fly to Beijing for 5 days of sightseeing before arriving back at Heathrow on 14th August at 13.05.”

What made you decide to go to the Jamboree?

“I’ve been involved in sending Units to WSJs and was part of the Build and Take Down Team in 2007, but thought it would be great to attend a WSJ now as I could be deemed too old next time.”

What will you be doing whilst you are out there? 

“I will be part of a team of 4 delivering a health and nutrition base that should be both fun and informative. “

What is the best thing you are looking forward to?

“Actually visiting both Japan and China, two countries that would not have been on my immediate bucket list.”

What is the worst thing you are not looking forward to? 

“Possibly the heat and humidity combined.  We will need to be very careful about remaining hydrated.”

What is your greatest expectation of the trip? 

“To experience the sheer diversity of Scouting worldwide.”

What will make your trip a successful one? 

“Coming home with enough video footage to give my family a taste of what I experienced.”

What experiences do you think you will be able to bring back to the UK and share with Eastleigh District?

“Like Rob, I hope we can enthuse enough young people with stories of our travels to want to attend the WSJ in the US in 2019. “

And that is our three intrepid adventurers off on their way. If they get time in the middle of all this exciting adventure, they did say the would try and keep us updated – We will let you know as soon as we hear anything.

Oh, one last thing – have you worked out what the title of these stories means? “Hello, and Welcome to Japan”

Kon’nichiwa, Nihon ni kangei (part 2)

Last time we heard from Sue, now it is time to hear what Rob, our District Commissioner thinks about his trip to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

When do you leave for Japan, and how are you getting there?

“The Jamboree starts officially on the 28th July and ends on the 8th August. I fly out on 22nd July via Seoul arriving in Tokyo late on 23rd July. I, along with about 8oo others will be partaking in ISTokyo where we will get to experience an earthquake simulator, a Sumo wrestling demo and meal and visit the Sky Tree, one of the tallest buildings in the world!! We will also get some free time to look around before boarding the Bullet Train and heading south to Hiroshima early on 25th July.”

Where is the Jamboree actually being held?

Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan”

What made you decide to go to the Jamboree?

“Having been lucky enough to attend the WSJ in Chile in 1998/9 and the centenary WSJ in the UK in 2007, I thought I would apply for the WSJ in Japan and luckily I got selected!”

What will you be doing whilst you are out there?

“I will be working in the security team making sure that everyone is safe which includes on/off site security, sub camp security and crowd security during the opening and closing ceremonies”

What is the best thing you are looking forward to?

“Hard to say as there will be so many highlights but I am looking forward to the Bullet Train and visiting Hiroshima and greeting all the very excited Scouts from all over the World!”

What is the worst thing you are not looking forward to?

“Saying goodbye to all the Scouts – it is the saddest part of any Jamboree.”

What is your greatest expectation of the trip?

“To learn more about Japanese culture”

What will make your trip a successful one?

“Not losing my luggage!!”

What experiences do you think you will be able to bring back to the UK and share with Eastleigh District?

“I want to encourage and inspire the next generation of Jamboree participants. Unfortunately we do not have any young people going to Japan this year but I want to make sure we have a strong contingent going to the next World Scout Jamboree which is being held in North America in 2019.”

Kon’nichiwa, Nihon ni kangei (part 1)

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 –

Tomorrow, we’ll hear from Rob and finally John as they are travelling to the other side of the world

Mission Motorsport Charity Week

On Thursday 4th June, the 7th Eastleigh Cub Pack had a special guest come to our cub evening.  Injured serviceman Major Steve McCulley, who is a Royal Marine from Hampshire and is part of the motor sport charity Mission Motorsport.

In May 2011, an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) in Afghanistan injured Steve, this is his story from that day: “As the lads performed battlefield first aid on me to stem the bleeding I can remember thinking how proud I was of them and how professionally they were handling the situation. A Directional Fragmentation Charge IED had just hit me; these types of IEDs are located in the sides of walls and ditches in order to hit the upper body. Shrapnel hit me everywhere but my more serious injuries were the large holes in the right hand side of my chest where the shrapnel fractured six of my ribs and tore through my right lung. Everything started going dark – I thought I was going to die, never see my kids again. My men managed to keep me awake until the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) picked me up. I was flown back to the field hospital in camp Bastion and my last memory of Afghanistan was a surgeon looking over me and saying; ‘you’re going to be alright.

“I spent the next three weeks in a medically induced coma in intensive care, in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. My wife Janey was amazing; how she coped looking after our two young children while worrying about me I’ll never know. Two months after I was wounded I went home for two weeks sick leave before going to DMRC Headley Court. Initially I made good progress however a year after being injured I started coughing up blood. Due to the severe risk from the shrapnel remaining in my lung in August 2012 I underwent major surgery to remove as much of it as possible. I lost 80% of my lung but they managed to remove fifteen pieces of shrapnel from my chest cavity.  
‘A year on and I’m doing OK. I still get horrific chest pain and am having a lot of problems with my knee. I get lethargic because oxygen isn’t getting to my muscles quick enough. I can’t do any impact exercise but I can cycle.

Mission Motorsport

The Aim of Mission Motorsport is to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations, by providing opportunities through Motorsport.

Through participation in competitions, their strong team ethos helps to inspire and rebuild confidence; while the development of skills including mechanical competencies, logistics, and management all build capacity for a brighter future.

Mission Motorsport’s objectives:
Through team participation in Motorsport, engage those in need who are affected by military operations by:

  • Inspiring and rebuilding confidence
  • Helping in the development of new and existing skills to aid them in their future
  • Developing resilience and their ability to cope with a disability in different and testing environments; instilling a greater degree of independence
  • For those leaving the service, demonstrate to a wide audience the qualities of ex-service personnel that make them more employable
  • Providing training and direct vocational support and assistance

From being part of Mission Motorsport, Steve races a Caterham 7 race car at specific races, and he brought the car along with him for the cubs to have an opportunity to sit in a real racing car (and test that the horn was working).

A Massive Thank You!!

You may remember a few weeks ago  we asked for your help in voting for us to recieve funding from the Aviva Community Fund. Well, the votes have been counted, and you did it!

Eastleigh’s Scout Active Support Unit, Rock’n’Roll received enough votes to qualify for he £1000 award.

The award will be spent on Rescue and Safety Equipment to boost the growing fleet of boats to provide safe and fun water activities for Scouts of all ages.

In the last year we have gone from a standing start to having a fleet of boats and being able to provide activities to lots of young people. Rock n Roll is continuing to build on this success in all kinds of adventures and will be a visible presence in Eastleigh for many years to come.