Scouts will be prepared for their adventure to Tanzania

Scouts lead by Kieran Brackley (left) built a medical centre during the 2015 expedition to Tanzania.
Scouts lead by Kieran Brackley (left) built a medical centre during the 2015 expedition to Tanzania.
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Next year, Hampshire scouts will be going on the adventure of a lifetime to Tanzania – and they need your help to make it an experience to remember.

During the four-week expedition in 2017, the group of 150 scouts and adult volunteers will go on safari and work with the community to build a medical centre and renovate a primary school.

The scouts, aged 14 to 18, are asking shoppers to collect Active Kids sport vouchers from Sainsbury’s. The group plans to use the vouchers to get activity kits to give to remote African communities.

Since 2007, Active Kids has provided £4.3m worth of equipment and experiences to more than 4,000 scout groups.

Julian Sore, who has volunteered to lead the exhibition, said: ‘Tanzania 2017 will be the adventure of a lifetime for both the young people and adult volunteers. Not only will they have the opportunity to change the lives of local villagers, the experience offers them the chance to learn new skills they can use in other aspects of their life.’

Hampshire Scouts has a surprising expedition record. In 2015 alone, members travelled 39,450 miles to 15 countries and territories – enough to go around the world 76 times. Scouts have even climbed Everest in the past.

James Ketchell, adventurer and scout ambassador, said: ‘Scouting has a positive impact on so many lives around the world. Sharing adventures, making new friends, learning valuable life skills and gaining confidence is something every young person can benefit from.’

It’s easy to collect Active Kids vouchers. In Sainsbury’s Local stores, you will get one voucher for every £5 you spend.

In Sainsbury’s supermarkets, you’ll receive one voucher for every £10 you spend.

Once you have collected them, Hampshire Scouts are asking members of the public to post them to Tanzania 2017, c/o Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7YQ.

To keep up to date with Hampshire Scouts’ Tanzania expidition follow
@Tanz2017 on Twitter.