SCOUT leader Trevor Holden has been selected to represent the UK as part of a team delivering the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA, next summer.
The 55 year old will work with Scouts from nearly every country in the world to share life skills at this life-changing event.
Held only every four years, the event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people in scouting, bringing together 45,000 Scouts from across the world to experience international cultures and celebrate the scouting principle: to create a better world.
The UK Scouting team has been brought together from across the country and will help deliver all aspects of the event from delivering world-leading activities, to awe-inspiring staged events through to mass catering.
Trevor, from Liphook, told The Herald: “This is my first Jamboree.
“My son went to one in Essex in 2007 and had such a great time, it encouraged me to sign up for one, before I get too old.
“I also wanted to give something back to Scouting and offer my experience, while meeting new people and learn more for myself. I’m so excited to go and will do whatever is thrown at me.”
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “Congratulations to Trevor and all the other UK volunteers who have been selected to support Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.
“While lots of people know that Scouting helps young people learn the skills they need for life they often don’t realise that adult volunteers learn just as much as our young members.
“The Jamboree is a great example of this where our volunteers will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences, learn new skills and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light.
“I wish Trevor all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time over the next few years.”
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico Scouting Associations, and take place between July and August 2019. They aim to focus on the cultures of the ‘New World.’