Laurence Martin

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Laurence is on the right, back row

In November, I attended a selection camp for the World Scout Jamboree to be held in Japan in 2015. Along with 170 other applicants we were asked to complete team building activities, pioneering challenges and Japanese cultural activities such as calligraphy and origami. I was one of the lucky 45 who was chosen!

I will travel with 3500 Scouts from the UK to Japan and join 30,000 Scouts from around the world for a ten night camp. We will take part in the peace programme, including a trip to Hiroshima to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Japan. There will be activities to raise awareness of global issues, including the environment, poverty, nature, health, natural disasters and human rights. Whilst there, we will take part in charity events, water sports and cultural events. The UK contingent will also have the opportunity to visit Tokyo as well as staying with a Japanese family for five days.

I will be going with five other people from my district and together we will be fundraising to cover the costs of this amazing trip. We have a number of events being planned to raise money for our fees so please support us if you can. Part of the fee paid by UK Scouts goes towards funding the cost for Scouts from less fortunate countries allowing them to attend.

Laurence Martin, aged 14 years

NB Rotherfield Peppard Educational Trust have been able to help Laurence with the funding for this venture.