Gosport scout chosen for world meet in Canada

GET-TOGETHER Fiona Durrant, 24, who is assistant county commissioner in Hampshire, pictured at the Scout Jamboree in Sweden last year with Scouts from Dorset
GET-TOGETHER Fiona Durrant, 24, who is assistant county commissioner in Hampshire, pictured at the Scout Jamboree in Sweden last year with Scouts from Dorset

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LUCKY Fiona Durrant is one of the chosen few to represent the UK at world meeting of Scouts.

Fiona, 24, of Rydal Road in Gosport is on the board of trustees for the Scouts Association and is assistant county commissioner for Hampshire after she joined the 12th Gosport Scouts aged 10.

And she will now travel to Canada for the 14th World Scout Moot in August after she was selected from 215 volunteers.

The Moot will bring together 5,000 18 to 25-year-old Scouts from around the world, so they can learn about different cultures.

Fiona said her time in the Gosport Scouts led her to make friends and stay in the scouting movement.

And when in Canada, she will meet new people, choosing from activity subjects including life, culture, adventure and community.

She has already volunteered at the World Scout Jamboree, for scouts aged 14 to 17, last year in Sweden.

‘Being in the scouts you get to do these international opportunities and it develops your confidence in a way that’s a bit different,’ she said.

‘I’m going to do the community route where you get to work with people in the community.

‘They haven’t told us exactly what we’ll be doing yet but you get to go in a patrol, which is a small team, and it will be international people I’m with.

‘I’ll be with people I don’t know from all over the world and I’ll get to work with them to do projects.

‘I’ll get to cook with them, live with them and learn about their culture.’

Fiona will travel to the Awacamenj Mino outdoor base in Low in Quebec, for the opening and closing ceremonies, on August 8 and 13, along with conferences and outdoor activities also held there.

She will also travel to Gatineau, 75km north of Ottawa and Montréal, Quebec City and Toronto for an expedition challenge.