Leamington Scout leader prepares for trip of a lifetime - The Leamington Observer

Leamington Scout leader prepares for trip of a lifetime

A SCOUT leader from Leamington is getting his passport ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Unit Leader Dillan Lang has been selected to represent UK Scouts at the 25th World Scouting Jamboree and he headed to London at the weekend for some final preparations.

The huge scouting event, which is held every four years by a different nation, is this year being hosted by South Korea. The event will see 50,000 Scouts aged 14 to 17-years-old, from 170 countries, unite together. And Dillan will be part of a multi-national team of adults – The International Service Team.

The 6,000 strong IST are there to make the jamboree happen, undertaking a variety of roles to give young people from around the world a once in a lifetime experience.

This could be planning and delivering activities for thousands of participants every day, or providing key services such as medical, catering, and infrastructure.

Through being a part of the IST, 22-year-old Dillan will have the opportunity to not only pass on their skills to young people but also develop personally. He will gain a greater insight into global issues, while making lasting friendships with adult volunteers from around the globe.

Last weekend the UK IST gathered for its penultimate meeting, where members ran through all of the final plans and preparations before they embark on their epic adventure to South Korea. They also received their famous contingency uniforms and kit.

Dillan said: “I am looking forward to seeing how the young people in the unit I will be looking after grow over the three weeks, as it will be a life changing experience for them. For me personally I think this experience will help me grow as a leader as I will be developing my planning and organisational skills with a lot to organise between now and when we go to South Korea.”

UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls added: ‘Congratulations to Dillan and all the other adult volunteers who have been selected to support this adventure. World Scout Jamborees only happen every four years and tens of thousands of Scouts from across the world attend each one. Young people could not take part in these life changing events without the support of adult volunteers like Dillan.”

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