Xenolith Explorer Scouts and Rotary Interact Club embers Sarah Johnston and Finley Bryers both 14yr old students from Ulverston Victoria High School have been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this summer. They are part of the UK Unit 41 –WSJ19 Cumbria and Isle of Man contingent of 40 scouts and leaders who will be flying off to New York on 20th July.
Sarah said “When I found out I’d been selected I was excited yet scared, I knew it was a big opportunity but I also realised it was going to be hard work raising the funds to go!”
Finley said “When I found out I’d been accepted I thought Brilliant! Wow. Now I can’t wait to get to over there to meet people and experience different cultures.”
Sarah and Finley will be spending 2 days in New York then travelling to West Virginia to attend the World Scout Jamboree along with 45,000 people from across 96 countries. Sarah said, “We are both really looking forward to meeting new people from different cultures.” While Finley said “We are going to take part in activities like kayaking, white water rafting, axe throwing and all kinds of outdoor activities which we will experience with people from all over the globe.” Following the Jamboree they will be off to Washington for a couple of days then up to Canada, for a home hospitality experience, before flying back home.
Sarah and Finley have already started to share their experience by running ‘Jamboree in a Bag’ meetings, they held one for the Xenolith explorer scouts the other week which was an American style evening of fun and games.
Both Sarah and Finley are members of the Rotary Xenolith Interact Club which is an integral part of the Xenolith Unit, so Rotarians Ann Allan and Glynn Spalding from the Rotary Club of Ulverston attended the meeting and presented the two explorers with a donation towards the trip. Their part of the deal will be to give a presentation to the club on their return.