Theo Wheatley and Kathryn Martin are two of the three Nelson Iron Duke Sea Scouts heading to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Absent: Liam Lloyd. Photo: Amy Russ.

Scouts represent NZ at World Jamboree

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Three local young people have been chosen to attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, in West Virginia, USA.

Kathryn Martin, Theo Wheatley and Liam Lloyd have compiled a 2019 calendar, using historic Nelson Scout photos, and are selling them to help raise money for the event.

Kathryn says she thoroughly enjoys the scout organisation. She has been in the Nelson Iron Duke Sea Scouts for nearly five years and, along with Theo Wheatley, has achieved the Chief Scout Award – an award which takes four years to complete and is one of the highest a scout can earn.

Both Kathryn and Theo are also on their way to earning the Queen Scout Award – the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement in the commonwealth.

“Scouts is a really good confidence builder and we have loads of fun,” says Kathryn.

Theo has been a member of the scouts since he was six years old and he is looking forward to attending next year’s jamboree.

The event is to be held at a ranch at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and is expected to see over 40,000 attendees from all over the world, 70 of which are from New Zealand.

Bridget Smith, Nelson Zone training leader, says it is quite exceptional to have three people from our zone that are attending.

“It is an amazing experience and having up to 70 youths from New Zealand is a pretty big contingent for us – and three of them are from our region. Australia have around 200 going.”

The group will have to cover costs for the jamboree, flights and uniforms, plus extra for spending money and internal flights, by June 2019.

Calendars are available from the counter at the Richmond Antique Shop, and Eclectic Antique Centre in Nelson, for $20 each.

Alternatively, email twfundraising2019@gmail.com for more information on how you can purchase one.