One hundred Scouts from across Hampshire have embarked on a life-changing adventure to Tanzania. The intrepid teenagers have raised more than half a million pounds in a bid to make a positive impact to the international community.
Between a safari and outdoor pursuits, the Scouts, aged 14-18, challenged themselves to a range of charitable projects, including helping to build a new medical centre, providing skill workshops and renovating a primary school.
The thrill-seeking youngsters also planned to mark Scouting’s centenary in Tanzania by creating a new activity centre, which the local Movement can enjoy for many years to come. This adventure headquarters will feature a mini-Jamboree, where the Scouts from Hampshire and Tanzania will come together for an unforgettable celebration.
Felicity Wright, Adult Volunteer Volunteer:
‘Creating a real difference to people’s lives in Tanzania has been huge personal challenge, and one life-altering experience I will never forget. From life skills, sharing cultures and empowering active citizens, Scouting rocks; we don’t just climb mountains, we move them!”‘
Lead Volunteer, Julian Sore, added:
‘Tanzania will be the adventure of a lifetime for both the young people and adult volunteers. Not only will they have the opportunity to change the lives of local villagers, the experience is offering them the chance to learn new transferable skills and make lasting memories.’
Scouting in Hampshire has a surprising expedition history, travelling 39,450 miles to 15 countries and territories alone in 2015 – even summiting Everest in the past. This equates to an impressive 1,893,157 people miles; 76 times around the world, or four trips to the moon and back!
Adventurer and Scout Ambassador, James Ketchell, said:
‘Scouting has a positive impact on so many lives around the world. Sharing adventures, making new friends, learning valuable life skills and gaining confidence is something every young person can benefit from’.
Sam Momber, Scout aged 17: ‘These school summer holidays are going to go down in history, as it’s not everyday you can say you’ve made a massive difference to communities across the globe. The recreational kayaking and snorkelling topped off the end of a eye-opening, but enjoyable, month.’
Scouting is a key part of today’s modern community, continually growing to offer fun, challenge and adventure to boys and girls aged 6 to 25, as well as adults too. Visit scouts.org.uk or call 0345 300 1818 to find out more.