Scouts’ world challenge

Scouts with Lord Mayor Frank Jonas and MP Penny Mordaunt
Scouts with Lord Mayor Frank Jonas and MP Penny Mordaunt
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Scouts from the city have been taking part in a challenge to communicate with other Scouts across the world.

The Scouts, aged between 14 and 18, from the Endurance Explorer Scout Unit in Cosham, wanted to take part in a global challenge to contact as many Scouts from around the world as possible through video and instant messaging technology.

The young people, who took part in the challenge at Action Stations, also got to use the day to take part in teambuilding activities in the Historic Dockyard.

Lauren Wood, 16, says: ‘We managed to speak with Scouts from around 30 different places. Some even invited us over to camp with them and we did the same.

‘Scouting is really good for meeting new people and making friends.’

Connor Smith, 17, adds: ‘By coincidence some Scouts from Canada were visiting Action Stations and bumped into us.

‘It was really nice to share stories and swap our Scout neckerchiefs with them.’

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Frank Jonas, says: ‘This was a very successful challenge. While I was at Action Stations the Explorer Scouts spoke with Scouts from America, who expressed their hope to take part in an exchange visit with Portsmouth Scouts in the near future.

‘Portsmouth would welcome these and any other international Scouts wishing to visit.’

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, adds: ‘This was a great idea and during my visit the Scouts were chatting to Scouts in Virginia in the USA and a group in Queensland.

‘I was very impressed with their mastery of social media.’