Scouts aim to be big in Japan

FIVE local scouts have been selected as ambassadors of the East Sussex Scout Contingent to attend the Worldwide Scout Jamboree in Japan 2015.

Harrison Piper, Ross Jones, Connor Langham, Alex Wilde and Jake Goodsell, who are aged 14 and 15 years old and members of various local scout groups, have been awarded the opportunity to attend the jamboree in Japan after a tough selection process.

The boys will be among 3,000 scouts from the United Kingdom travelling to Japan to attend the 2015 Worldwide Scout Jamboree in Kirara-Hama.

More than 36,000 scouts from around the world will be representing their countries at the international event.

During the three-week trip, the scouts will stay with Japanese host families, experience the culture of Tokyo and spend a week in the Scout Camp.

As ambassadors, they will represent the United Kingdom at the Peace Memorial Ceremony event in Hiroshima, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.

Each boy needs to raise more than £1,700 and are hoping that charities and local businesses, particularly those with an affiliation to Japan, will support their fundraising efforts.

The boys will be hosting a variety of individual and groups events and will be participating in a mini marathon.

Scouts are the UK’s biggest youth organisation, offering boys and young men fun and challenging activities and the chance to make a positive impact on their communities.

If anyone wants to offer sponsorship or contributions, email Harry Piper at