Honour for Darwen scout selected for prestigious global event

Christopher, with mum Katrina (right), receives the cheque from Gillian Walsh, community liaison co-ordinator at Herbert Parkinson

Christopher, with mum Katrina (right), receives the cheque from Gillian Walsh, community liaison co-ordinator at Herbert Parkinson

First published in News

A scout from Darwen has been chosen to attend the prestigious World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year.

Christopher Kay, 14, a pupil at St Bede’s School in Blackburn, is a member of St Joseph’s Scout Group and is the only Darwen member selected to attend.

To secure his place at next July’s event, which will be held at Kirara-hama in Yamaguchi City in the south of Japan, close to Hiroshima, the youngster had to attend a selection camp, fending off competition from 70 scouts for just 23 places.

He said: “I have been privileged to be chosen as the sole representative for the whole of Darwen District Scouts.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to participate in a very special event that only occurs once every four years.

“At the Jamboree, scouts from all over the world come together to take part in varied activities. It enables the worldwide scout movement to meet up and join together in this prestigious event.

“It also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb and I will be representing the UK in a special ceremony commemorating the event.”

In total, there will be 3,500 scouts going to the Jamboree from the UK and, after making it through the selection process, Christopher now needs to raise £3,225 to get himself to Japan.

With help from friends, family, the scout movement in Darwen and local businesses, he is hopeful he will meet the target. Already, local firm Herbert Parkinson has presented him with a cheque for £200.

Christopher said: “It will be a great opportunity to see how different cultures live, work and play. The main things I want out of the Jamboree is to learn the Japanese culture, experience the climate, make new friends, interact with people and other scouts from all over the world and learn new things about other countries and cultures.

“I can then share with everyone in the Darwen District scout groups my experiences.”

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5:43pm Fri 21 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

Japan. Cool. Well done, Christopher. And that's a terrific gesture from Herbert Parkinson.
Japan. Cool. Well done, Christopher. And that's a terrific gesture from Herbert Parkinson. happycyclist
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9:35am Sat 22 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Couple of points;
1. Wheres the £3,225 come from go to cheapflights.co.uk you can get them for about £500 to £700 easy. Sounds like someone wants loads of spending money, holiday of a lifetime eh.

2. Have you ever thought of paying for the trip yourself instead of expecting the rest of the community to do it for you
Couple of points; 1. Wheres the £3,225 come from go to cheapflights.co.uk you can get them for about £500 to £700 easy. Sounds like someone wants loads of spending money, holiday of a lifetime eh. 2. Have you ever thought of paying for the trip yourself instead of expecting the rest of the community to do it for you 2 for 5p ridesagain
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