Scouts are ready to take on Ja­panese adventure

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - STU­ART GREER

EX­PE­RI­ENCED scouts Alex Rich­mond and Alex Fray are look­ing for­ward to the trip of a life­time when they fly to Ya­m­aguchi in Ja­pan to team up with 25,000 young men and women for the World Scout Jam­boree.

The pair of Ex­plorer Scouts are part of a team of seven scouts from the Macclesfield and Con­gle­ton Dis­trict se­lected for the spe­cial trip.

They have been busily rais­ing the £3,500 they each need to fi­nance it.

Alex Rich­mond, from Macclesfield, said: “There has been a lot of bag pack­ing in lo­cal su­per­mar­kets and the peo­ple of Macclesfield and Con­gle­ton have been very gen­er­ous,”

The 12-day trip starts on July 24.

In Ja­pan they will spend a week at the World Scout Jam­boree be­fore go­ing off in pairs to stay with Ja­panese fam­i­lies and learn about daily life on the other side of the planet.

The pair have been in the scouts since they could barely rub two sticks to­gether and would rec­om­mend the life­style to any young per­son.

Alex Rich­mond said: “It’s been in­cred­i­ble. All my mates are in scouts and it’s very so­cia­ble. I’ve been sky­div­ing, cav­ing, on camp and learned many skills and am now off to Ja­pan and I’m only 17.”

Alex Fray, 15, from Con­gle­ton, added: “You can do as much or as lit­tle as you want. If you’ve had a hard day, you can just go along to re­lax and have fun. Noth­ing is forced on any­one.”

The two Alexes were se­lected from 40 Macclesfield and Con­gle­ton scouts from the dis­trict’s 3,500 con­tin­gent of scouts who put them­selves for­ward for the trip.

Alex Rich­mond added: “We were as­sessed dur­ing a camp for who showed the best team-work­ing, lead­er­ship and gen­eral scout­ing skills and we were lucky enough to get through.”

Dur­ing their visit there will be a trip to Hiroshima to learn from the events of 1945. Par­tic­i­pants will visit Hiroshima Peace Me­mo­rial Park, in­clud­ing the mu­seum.

The trip also in­cludes a day look­ing at na­ture in Ya­m­aguchi City and look­ing at the ad­vances in science and tech­nol­ogy and the benefits and prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with science.

This pro­gramme in­cludes look­ing at the devel­op­ment of fuel cells and other en­ergy sources for the fu­ture, eco­log­i­cal prob­lems, and ro­bot­ics and au­to­mo­tive tech­nolo­gies.

There will also be wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties such as sail­ing, wind­surf­ing and raft­ing.

‘We were lucky enough to get through’

●● Kate De Cam­pos, Sacha Allen, Laura Em­brey and Jenna Salt, with Dar­ragh Burke and Alex Moore

●● Alex Fray with Alex Rich­mond

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