Two teenagers from Holbeach are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime after being chosen to represent the county at next year’s World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
George Belokon-Tyrrell (13) and Harry Cowper Johnson (13) – both members of the 3rd Holbeach Town Scout Group – were selected at a camp at Spilsby’s Tom Thumb Holt Scout Campsite in November last year.
The theme of the jamboree is ‘Wa’, meaning harmony, unity, friendship and peace. It aims to allow scouts to take part in adventurous activities, share others’ cultures and faiths, and grow as global citizens to tackle world issues.
At the camp, they had to use their knowledge and skills to work together as teams, plan and cook meals and show enthusiasm in all that they did as well as many other things.
Four scouts from the South Holland district went along and George and Harry were among 27 selected from more than 90 children from Lincolnshire.
Natasha Belokon, George’s mother and assistant scout leader, said: “We are very proud that two of them are from our group.
“It is a huge achievement and we are very proud that they are going, and I am particularly proud as George has ADHD and autism and has had to overcome a lot of challenges in his life. This will help him in so many ways become more confident.”
In order to take part they are working hard to raise the huge amount of £2,800 each required to cover transport, equipment and event fees. This weekend they took part in bag packs and a table top sale at Holbeach Community Centre, with lots more events planned to take place.
Anyone who would like to donate funds can do so by calling Lorraine Derrick, Scout leader, on 01775 768397 or 07526793547.