25th Oct, 2016

Scout volunteer enjoys jamboree

Aaron Wise 11th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A LEADING Pershore scouts volunteer has embarked on his own adventure to explore Japan, for the World Scout Jamboree 2015.

Robyn Jackson of the Hereford and Worcester Scout County was chose to join a team of 7,000 volunteers, to educate 30,000 scouts from across the globe at the 23rd Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, from Tuesday, July 28 to Saturday (August 8).

Ms Jackson was picked from seven aspiring leaders by a panel of five selectors at Evesham’s Selby Campsite two years ago, along with friend Chris Ruffe.

The pair have travelled to camps in the coastal city to share their knowledge and experiences, whilst working towards a greater international understanding of the scouts community.

“I’m volunteering to provide young people in scouting the excellent opportunities I had a few years ago,” said Mr Jackson

“Being a part of international scouting is a fantastic experience and an opportunity to meet life long friends,” he added.

Mr Ruffe said: “Jamboree’s are a family tradition I’m now getting to join in with.

“My Dad, Chris ‘Nunc’ Ruffe, attended the third Jamboree in 1929 at the age of 14 in Arrowe Park in the UK and my brother Stuart Ruffe attended the 15th Jamboree in 1983 hosted in Canada.

“Now I’m finally here in Japan, having my own adventure of a lifetime to complete our family story!”

The theme for this year’s event is ‘A Spirit of Unity’, which aims to teach the youngsters about harmony, cooperation, friendship, unity and peace.

Chief scout, Bear Grylls said: “While lots of people know scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement.

“The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this and that’s why I love Scouting so much!”

Visit www.23wsj.jp for more information about the event and for further details on the activities Mr Jackson and Mr Ruffe have been involved in.