200 Days until the World Scout Jamboree
Tom Baston from Manor Park, Knutsford, is celebrating only 200 days until he leaves for a life changing experience at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden.
The popularity and interest of the 22nd World Scout Jamboree has been so great that the organisers have asked for an extra 250 volunteers from the UK, on top of the 500 already going. These volunteers will make up the International Service Team (IST) and Tom has been selected to join the 750 IST members being sent from the UK.
Tom, 18, has been picked from 100,000 adult volunteers currently involved in UK Scouting. The organisers in Sweden have asked for more volunteers from Britain because of the success of the 21st World Scout Jamboree held in Chelmsford, Essex four years ago and the contribution made by the IST.
The IST are the volunteers who make the Jamboree happen, and their theme is “Contribute, Develop, Inspire” which is exactly what they will do for the 30,000 Scouts at the event.
Tom, a student at the Royal Northern College of Music, decided to apply because having attended the Jamboree in 2007 held in the UK and taken an active part, he was keen to be involved once more.
“I was part of the dance cast on stage four years ago and really enjoyed it, so I wanted to be part of it again,” he said
He is one of 750 successful candidates chosen for the trip of a lifetime after impressing at a special event in Gilwell Park. At the event Tom had to complete a variety of team activities and creativity tests to demonstrate why he should gain a place at the 2011 World Scout Jamboree.
Attending the Jamboree is an opportunity of a lifetime for Tom and the other UK adult volunteers selected. Not only will they get to meet 30,000 people from nearly every country in the world – and share their knowledge and experiences whilst working towards greater international understanding – this Jamboree offers them the chance to learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.
At the event Tom, a member of the Knutsford district Network unit, will be close to nature, living in wild Scandinavian grassland surrounded by trees and woodlands for the two weeks the Jamboree runs. Nature is a key theme and The Jamboree programme will use the natural environment as a learning tool, demonstrating both its vulnerability and what individuals can do to better protect the world we live in.
Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: “Congratulations to Tom and all the other UK volunteers who have been selected to go on this trip of a lifetime. While lots of people know that Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realize that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement. The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this. Over the course of the Jamboree they will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light. I wish Tom all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time next year.”