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Academy Students En Route for Japan!

posted 7 Mar 2014, 06:54 by Google Google   [ updated 7 Mar 2014, 06:54 ]
Felixstowe Academy is delighted that during the summer holidays of 2015, Ollie Smith (Year 11), Bethan Fitchett (Year 10) and Joe Long (Year 9) will travel to Kiara-hama in Japan to take part in the World Scout Jamboree.

The students are all Young Leaders in their respective Scout troups – Ollie in the Osprey Explorers at the 1st Kirton Group, Bethan in the Wasps Explorer Group at the 7th Felixstowe Scout Group and Joe, for whom scouting has been part of his life since he was a Beaver at 6, with 8th Felixstowe Group.   All take a leading role in their troups, particularly with teamwork and helping younger members to get the most out of their scouting life.

The World Scout Jamboree occurs every four years and sees 40,000 Scouts gathered together from over 150 nations for two weeks of cultural exchange and scouting adventure.

Whilst in Japan, they will be undertaking a series of projects specifically designed to develop a global understanding of issues facing young people and Scouts from around the world. These projects will include challenges such as working with the United Nations and other NGOs on disaster mitigation strategies; paying homage to the victims of the Hiroshima bombing during  the 70th anniversary commemorations; working with local communities in Japan; exploring the biodiversity that Japan has to offer and developing a wider sense of the scientific advancements that Japan has offered to the world. 

They will also be given the opportunity to stay with a Japanese Scouting  family to experience what Japanese life is really like, and will also be spending some time with 3500 other Scouts from the United Kingdom in Tokyo, to get a taste of life in the world’s second largest city.

From a total of only 30 scouts from Suffolk, these three have been selected to take part, and funding for such an expedition is a challenge in itself.  Each of them has to fundraise  £3300.00. 

Their fundraising is well underway, with bag packing Marks & Spencer in Felixstowe before Christmas for two days which raised a total of £909.71 which, like all the funds raised by the students, will be split between them.  Joe took part in the Christmas Day dip, raising over £150 and is in discussion with the head teacher of Maidstone Infants and Causton Junior School who are planning to make the Scouting trip the focus of all their fundraising for 2014.  All the parents are planning various events such as a quiz, a barn dance and a disco, with Ollie’s father even planning a sponsored body wax in March to help raise money!

Bethan is very talented at decoupage and will be making and selling examples of her craft, and also vintage books and clothes at car boot sales locally. All the Scouts and their families will be working very hard together over the next year to help them reach their goal.  

Felixstowe Academy will, of course, also be supporting the students every step of the way.  Mr Lawson-Frost has promised that a proportion of the money raised by School Council charity events such as the three planned Year Group discos, a charity café at Level 2 and possibly a big raffle will be donated to the Scouts’ trip fund.

By going to the 2015 Scout Jamboree website, it is possible for anyone to donate to this great cause; even to donate a particular item to a particular Scout, so please follow the link:

Felixstowe Town Council is also on board, especially Councillor  Doreen Savage and Councillor John Goodwin, who are particularly supportive. 

Businesses in town such as Marks and Spencer have already shown their support, together with Tesco.

We are so proud of these three students and will do whatever we can to support them in their efforts.  Keep an eye on the Academy newsletter for news of their fundraising and all their other news as they prepare for this adventure!