Kirkcaldy Scouts on trail of funds for Japan jamboree

Callum, Tomas and Conner
Callum, Tomas and Conner

Three Kirkcaldy youngsters have been selected by East Scotland Scout Association to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

The boys, Callum Henderson (16), Conner MacLean (14) and Tomas McRae (12), all attended a rigorous selection weekend in November and received special ‘Golden Tickets’ just before Christmas inviting them to attend the event in July 2015.

The Jamboree is held in a different country every four years and attracts tens of thousands of Scouts and Explorers from all over the world to take part in a series of challenging activities, but primarily to learn about other cultures, people and places.

The three boys are now embarking on a series of fund raising events as they have to generate almost ten thousand pounds between them to support their adventure and will be looking to the community to rally round and give them support.

‘We are planning lots of different things from abseiling off the Forth Bridge in May, to having a massive race night in September with our families and other Scout groups in the district,” said a spokesman for the boys.

“But we are also going to be doing local fund raising in and around Kirkcaldy and obviously asking local business for support and sponsorship too.

“They also have to talk and possibly present information on Scotland. It’s goods and services and history while in Japan.

“The boys also have to learn a whole series of customs and behaviours as they will be staying with Japanese families when they get there for a few days.”

Dougie Horn, who is leader for the East Scotland Scout group said: “This is a remarkable opportunity for these youngsters to represent not only the Scout movement, but their families, and more importantly their home town of Kirkcaldy.

“They will go there as ambassadors for the community and will represent the best of what the Lang Toun is all about.”

This was echoed by District Commissioner Dick Cook, who said: “To have three representatives from Kirkcaldy out of an initial group of 87 Scouts is a great achievement and I’m sure the local people will rally round and support the boys in their efforts.”

Balwearie High School pupils Callum and Tomas both attend the 115th Fife Scouts while Kirkcaldy High School’s Conner is a member of the 14th Fife Scout group.

They will be publishing details of upcoming events via social media and other channels when dates and venues are confirmed.