The Land of the Rising Sun is on the horizon for one Glenrothes teenager who has been given a unique opportunity to experience a trip of a lifetime.
For 15-year-old Ranger Scout Michael Kidd is one of only 27 youngsters selected to represent Scotland at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015.
The Glenrothes High School pupil was successful at a special selection camp recently in Aberdeen and, since then, has already started to raise the £3000 necessary to get him to the other side of the world and join the other 35,000 Scouts from across the globe at the event,which takes place once every four years.
“It was quite a shock to to be selected but now that I’ve had time for it to settle in, I’m over the moon. It’s the chance of a lifetime for me,” Michael told the Gazette.
The recognition as no surprise to mum Gerrie.
She said: “We are all delighted for him but we knew he had a good chance because he loves what he does.
“This offers a fantastic platform for Michael and if he can put in the effort, he will reap the rewards.”
Michael has been in involved in Scouting from the age of six when he joined the local Beavers.
Since then, he has worked his way up through the various ranks and now even finds time to put a little back into the organisation, helping out at both the 91st Stenton and 58th South Parks Scout groups.
And if that wasn’t enough, Michael is also currently completing the first phase of his school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Glenrothes Scout leader Andrew Donald was keen to praise the youngster’s dedication.
He said: “For Michael to be selected shows what a great ambassador for Scotland and Scouting he is.
“Michael has scouting in his blood with generations of his family playing a big part in Scouting.
“He is a very active individual and it’s no surprise to his leaders that he got through the selection process.”
And now Michael is hoping on the support of fellow scouts, pupils and the wider Glenrothes public to help him secure the funding to get him to the once in a lifetime event.
“I’ve a long way to go but I’ll do it,” said a determined Michael.
Anyone wanting to support Michael in is quest can do so by going to the 91st Stenton Scouts facebook page.