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”