Princess Royal praises scout camp

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

PRINCESS Anne paid a visit to a Chal­font St Peter scout camp to learn more about volunteering there.

The Princess Royal, who is the pa­tron of Lattitude Global Volunteering vis­ited the PAC­CAR Scout Camp on Tues­day, July 14 where she was met by the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s CEO Joanne Smith­son, chair­man Dr Pat Up­son, mayor of Amer­sham Amanda Lamont and Chal­font St Peter parish coun­cil chair­man Linda Smith.

Her Royal High­ness also met vol­un­teers from Aus­tralia and New Zealand who are tak­ing a year out through Lattitude Global Volunteering and are work­ing at PAC­CAR Scout Camp.

The vol­un­teers have been work­ing at the camp since Fe­bru­ary this year, help­ing out with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties at he site

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the scout camp gave the Princess Royal a tour of the camp, where she had the op­por­tu­nity to meet visi­tors and watch as they en­joyed a range of ac­tiv­i­ties such as ab­seil­ing, high ropes and crate stack­ing.

Dur­ing her speech, she high­lighted the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able volunteering, and said: “I hope that this ex­pe­ri­ence has cre­ated a de­sire to con­tinue volunteering and would en­cour­age vol­un­teers to do so af­ter their place­ment.

“I feel that volunteering al­lows in­di­vid­u­als to con­cen­trate on dif­fer­ent coun­tries sim­i­lar­i­ties and not our dif­fer­ences. Volunteering over­seas is a great way to ex­pose your­self to this.”

She also pre­sented some awards on be­half of Global Lattitude Volunteering, giv­ing the Recog­ni­tion Awards to Su­san Stathers, Mick Whi­tacker and Lesley Wright for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work as vol­un­teer pro­gramme man­agers for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

ROYAL AP­PROVAL: Princess Anne on her visit to the PAC­CAR Scout Camp in Chal­font St Peter

MEET AND GREET: Princess Anne is in­tro­duced to vol­un­teers and lo­cal dig­ni­taries

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