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Cheshire Scouting Newsletter – July 2019

Date: 19th Jul 2019 Author: Dave Hopley

It’s the World Scout Jamboree!

After over two years of preparations the Cheshire contingents leave the UK for the World Scout Jamboree in North America for the adventure of a lifetime.
Cheshire has nine patrols with each made up of nine Explorer Scouts and one Leader organised into two Cheshire Units and a patrol in a combined Unit with Merseyside Scouts and GirlGuides from the North West Region.

Cheshire Scouts Newsletter – WSJ Special, Jul’19

WSJ send off

At the Cheshire send off event last week there was growing excitement amongst participants matched with trepidation from parents! In addition to the WSJ they are also visiting New York, Washington and going into Canada for a few days – and its all crammed into three weeks.

This amazing adventure would never have been possible without the active support of parents, the determination of DC’s to simply “make it happen”, everybody who has supported the fundraising and the Explorer Scouts who risen to the challenge of working as teams, being organised and focused.

Across Cheshire £350,000 has been raised. Thank you to everybody who has made this possible.

Follow their progress

Unit 49, the combined unit is first to depart on Saturday with a Burtonwood meeting time of 5am ready for their fight at 9:30 into New York. They will be one of the first three UK units to arrive in USA and the UK media team based in America already have them lined up for coverage. Next to go will be Cheshire Unit 40 who are meeting in Lymm at 5.45am ready for their flight at 9:45. The final Cheshire unit 39 are meeting in Lymm at 9:30 for their flight at 2pm.

You can follow their progress @CheshireWSJ | Facebook #UK24WSJ

Here are some of the highlights they will experience on the actually Jamboree site

  • the longest combined zip lines in the world at 5.4 miles long
  • largest man-made outdoor climbing facility in America with 218 stations
  • a purpose-built mountain bike facility
  • a large outdoor skate park covering 4.6 acres
  • a BMX facility covering 14 acres
  • the 3 rd largest archery range in America with 116 stations
  • a large, natural outdoor arena with a capacity for 80,000 people
  • a top rated kayaking and fishing river in America

And finally…

Lewis gains #SkillsForLife

One Cheshire Unit member Lewis Gale used his Scouting experience to get his dream work placement at Porsche.

Now this really is Scouting delivering #SkillsforLife Well done Lewis!

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls