Moun­tain chal­lenge is prepa­ra­tion for Ja­pan

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS -

MP David Rut­ley was lit­er­ally on a cliff edge when he joined Mac­cles­field Scouts for the day.

He took part in an ab­seil or­gan­ised by the Mac­cles­field and Con­gle­ton World Scout Jam­boree con­tin­gent, at Tegg’s Nose Coun­try Park.

The con­tin­gent, made up of lo­cal young peo­ple, held the event as part of their prepa­ra­tions for the Scout Jam­boree which will be hosted by Ja­pan later this year.

The chal­lenge for the group was to ab­seil the height of Mount Fuji, Ja­pan’s high­est moun­tain at a stag­ger­ing 3,776 me­tres.

The unit also ran a num­ber of Ja­pan re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing origami, a chop stick chal­lenge and a Ja­panese cos­tume box.

The event was su­per­vised by dis­trict moun­taineer­ing ad­vi­sor, Steve Rich­mond.

Mr Rut­ley, who is a keen moun­taineer, said: “It was great to be able to sup­port this in­no­va­tive event.

“The World Scout Jam­boree will be an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for the Mac­cles­field and Con­gle­ton con­tin­gent, and I am sure that they will be first rate am­bas­sadors for our area and for scout­ing.”

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