Weymouth & Portland Lions have donated £500 to help send four local Scouts to the 2019 Jamboree being held in West Virginia, USA.

A Spokesperson for the four Scouts said “We all feel very privileged to have been selected to represent Weymouth & Portland as part of the UK contingent at this prestigious international event and hope to make you all proud. Over 150 countries attend and in excess of 50,000 participants from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures will also be there, so it will be a fantastic opportunity to broaden our horizons and make new friends from across the World.

L to R – Lions President Roger Hogbin, Oliver Gillespie, Jacob Newport, Isabel Stainer, Lion John Cake, Charlotte Pascoe.

We are all particularly looking forward to learning new skills and challenging ourselves to try new things far away from home.  As you know to attend we must each raise £3,600, which will also contribute towards the amount needed to fund young people from poorer countries to participate, therefore, your contribution is really appreciated and will be put to good use!  We have also all been busy selling homemade crafts and cakes, washing cars, organising raffles and other community events and have been astounded by the level of support that we have received.  We really do live in an amazing community.  Over the next year we will continue to deliver a host of future fundraising events including raffles, fetes, quizzes and sponsored activities.

We are all aged 14-16yrs and live locally, attending 1st Portland, Weymouth South, Weymouth East and Weymouth West Scout groups.  Most of us also volunteer with younger members of the pack to share what we have learnt during our time in Scouting.  If you would like us to provide you with more information about our trip on our return, we would be happy to share our adventures with you”.

Lions President Roger Hogbin said “The Lions are always pleased to support youth projects and this case in particular as they are also helping to fund Scouts from poorer countries”.