Leaders selected for 24th WSJ

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Leaders selected for 24th WSJ

16 October 2017

David Hodgkiss, Robin Ford and Gareth Hodgson selected for an international adventure to West Virginia, USA

16 October 2017: Cub Scout Leaders David Hodgkiss and Gareth Hodgson, and Explorer Scout Leader Robin Ford, have been selected from Scouting’s 150,000 adult volunteers to represent the UK at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA in 2019. David will be the Unit Leader, and Robin and Gareth will be Assistant Leaders, taking a unit of 36 Scouts from Cumbria and the Isle of Mann to the Jamboree.

David, Robin and Gareth are part of the volunteer leadership team who make the Jamboree a reality for the 36 young people aged 14 to 18 from Cumbria and the Isle of Mann. They are just a few of the 400 successful adult candidates chosen for the trip like no other after impressing at a special selection event in Cumbria. The leaders had to complete a variety of team activities and creativity tests to demonstrate why they should be part of a team to lead 36 young people from Cumbria and the Isle of Mann to attend Jamboree.

Attending the Jamboree is an opportunity like no other for David, Robin and Gareth, and the other UK adult volunteers selected. Not only will they get to meet 45,000 people from nearly every country in the world – and share their knowledge and experiences whilst working towards greater international understanding – the Jamboree offers them the chance to learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.

Between now and the summer of 2019 David, Robin and Gareth will support 36 young people from Cumbria and the Isle of Mann, learning how to live and work together for this amazing adventure. Activities will include:

  • Helping each young person raising the participation fee,
  • Building a sense of teamwork and togetherness,
  • Prepare the participants for a period of three weeks away from home,
  • Helping participants understand and value different cultural norms and practices,
  • Preparing the young people to be part of a global village with residents from every county in the world,
  • Providing opportunities for the young people to get to know each other, to develop the skills needed and prepare them for the life-changing experience,

Tom Higgs, Assistant County Commissioner (International) from Cumbria Scouts said: “Congratulations to David, Gareth and Robin for making the leader team.  Can I remind all Scouts and Explorer Scouts who are eligible to go to the Jamboree to get their applications in?  The closing date for applications is 23rd October 2017, so if you want to put your name forward for selection, or would like more details, please email wsj@cumbriascouts.org.uk”.

Eddie Ward, County Commissioner for Cumbria Scouts said: “This is a great opportunity for David, Robin and Gareth to help our young people to enjoy these amazing opportunities that only Scouting can provide”.

David Hodgkiss – Unit Leader

Robin Ford – Assistant Unit Leader

Gareth Hodgson – Assistant Unit Leader