Scouts con­tinue to blaze a trail with Spirit Flame

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Clare Mul­grew

Olympic-style torch to be car­ried across the county as cen­te­nary is marked

SCOUTS in Ash­ford and Shep­way are set to take part in the big­gest Scout­ing event in his­tory this sum­mer to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the move­ment.

A flame is be­ing car­ried 7000km from the rest­ing place of Lord Robert Baden-Pow­ell, the founder of the Scout­ing move­ment, at Ny­eri in Kenya to the place of the very first Scout camp at Brownsea Is­land in Dorset.

The Olympic-style torch, known as the Scout and Guide Spirit Flame, will be car­ried by Scout and Guide groups from across the world through Kenya, Su­dan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Italy, France and Bel­gium, ar­riv­ing in Dover on Satur­day, July 28.

Scout groups from across Kent will carry the flame through the county to Bo­diam Cas­tle in Sus­sex, where it will con­tinue its jour­ney to Brownsea Is­land for a cer­e­mony on July 31.

Willes­bor­ough Scouts are car­ry­ing the flame from Dover to Folkestone. It will then be car­ried through Hythe, Newchurch, Bils­ing­ton, Ruckinge, Ham­street and Wood­church to Ten­ter­den be­fore mov­ing on to Sus­sex by train.


Ken­ning­ton, Wood­church, Rom­ney Marsh and Hythe Scout groups will also help out with the jour­ney.

The flame will even­tu­ally end up at the World Scout Jam­boree at Hy­lands Park in Es­sex, where 40,000 Scouts from across the world will gather from July 27 to Au­gust 8, to take part in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

As part of the Spirit Flame project, run­ners will be spon­sored to raise money for projects in the nine coun­tries through which the torch will be car­ried.

Lord Baden-Pow­ell

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