Fundraising for Feilding based Jamboree still go, though one Scout member is looking further afield
St. Augustine Scouts are doing the last of their fundraising to get the 12 Scouts to Jamboree in Feilding, while one Scout so far has expressed his enthusiasm to attend the 23rd World Jamboree in Japan and will have to fundraise many times as much again to go – says Scout Leader Donna Seddon.
She says that the Petone community has helped them tremendously by supporting their fundraisers, like a sausage sizzles at the Petone Fair and Petone Rec, which all goes towards the $1200 cost of each Scout going to the National Jamboree in Fieldings.
One way they prepare the Scouts for the Jamboree is a ‘shake down’ where members of the St Augustine and Wainuiomata Troops interact to see how they would go in mixed patrols, when doing Jamboree activities together.
12 year old Atom whom has put his hand up for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree which opens in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, in Japan, in two years time, when he will be 14, speaks fluent Japanese which could be a real asset for the New Zealand contigent.
International Jamborees have a higher aged limit of 14 to 17, making Atom the oldest of the newly re-opened St. Augustines troop only just eligible. Donna hopes that perhaps another Scout from Lower Hutt will join him even though Japan might seem a long way away, it will be a tremendous adventure and cultural opportunity.
Part of the Japanese programme would see participants enjoy a lot of water activities, as the site is on the coast.
Another part of the programme will focus on World Peace and, with 2015 being the 70th Anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, there will be the chance to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
The National Jamboree, which will be held in Feilding from December 28 to January 6, is held every four years and sees Scouts come from all over New Zealand, and a few from other countries, camp together.