Scouts continue to blaze a trail with Spirit Flame
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.