Two Portsmouth Scouts are looking forward to a memorable trip after they were selected to represent their county at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
Bobby Kerr and Ryan Patourel, both 14, are two of 2,400 Scouts from around the UK to join in the celebrations.
They had to complete a variety of team activities and creativity tests to prove that they should be part of the group going to Japan.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the boys. As well as meeting 30,000 Scout members from all over the globe, they will also take part in a number of activities and tackle some of the biggest issues facing the world today.
Activities will include fundraising as a unit to collect the £3,400 participation fee, building a sense of togetherness and preparing for a period of three weeks away from home in a very different cultural setting.
Bobby, from the 53rd Portsmouth Scout group, says: ‘I have been in the Scouts for seven years now.
‘I decided to apply to go to Japan because it seemed like a brilliant opportunity to meet new people and experience new cultures.
‘I have been wanting to go to Japan for a long time and I love all the technology and how advanced they are as a country.
‘I can’t wait.’
Bobby adds that he is looking to raise the money needed to go through a variety of ways including bag packing.
He has also contacted the city council about possibly arranging a community fete.
Before the event, the UK contingent will travel to Tokyo before heading down to Kirara-hama where the specially built Jamboree site is located
Ryan, from the 5th Portsmouth Scout group, says: ‘I can’t wait to meet everyone from around the world. I am delighted about this.
‘We had to go through a kind of interview to prove we were adventurous enough.
‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make some friends for life and meet other Scout groups.’
Between now and the event, Bobby and Ryan will bond with the Hampshire unit, learning how to live and work together in preparation for their adventure.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls says: ‘Congratulations to Bobby and Ryan and all the other young people who have been selected to represent their communities at the Jamboree.
‘These young people will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and be challenged about global issues in a new light.’
The pair will jet off to Japan in the summer of 2015.