ABOUT UNIT 45
23WSJ is being held in Kirara Hama, Yamaguchi, Japan between 28 July and 8 August 2015. The World Scout Jamboree is a gathering of tens of thousands of Scouts and Guides from almost every country in the world who, for ten days live together, experience each others cultures, take part in exciting activities and have an amazing adventure.
The County of Shropshire is being represented by 18 young people and two adult leaders, as part of Unit 45, please support them as much as possible whether it be fundraising as a group or getting involved in some of the fundraising events already organised. A link to the fundraising calendar can be found here.
Each young person and adult has to pay over £3,000 to attend, so support for all of them would be very much appreciated. These are our Leaders and Adults of the future so even more the reason to support them.
A unit in a Jamboree is made up of 36 young people and 4 leaders arranged into 4 patrols of 10. For the 23rd WSJ in Japan in 2015, Shropshire will join with Solihull and Midlands Guides to form Unit 45. Unit 45 will create 4 mixed patrols of Scouts and Guides who are aged between 14 and 17 at the time of the Jamboree. The combination of different counties, regions and sections means that Unit 45 span the whole of the Midlands regions making it truly special.
Shropshire, Solihull and Guides will fundraise separately in their respective counties. In Shropshire, some of this will be done on an individual basis, some as a group and the rest in geographical clusters; Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry and South Shropshire. There are a myriad of ideas and events so please get in touch and join in the fun. Contact details are below.
SHROPSHIRE PATROLS UPDATE
In the summer of 2013 we held a selection event for our two Shropshire leaders. Lynne Hall (Meole Brace) was selected to head up the unit team and Steve Smith (1st Shrewsbury) is our Assistant Unit Leader.
In November 2013 we selected our young people. From a large pool of 43 candidates the final 18 were selected after a rigorous application and assessment process. The successful group are made up of 11 boys and 7 girls.
In January 2014 Unit 45 held their first training camp at Beaudesert Scout Camp, Staffordshire. This was the first time that the Scouts and Guides from across the region had met however they bonded instantly and the weekend was an amazing success.
Our unit name was chosen alongside our Unit Badge, Logo and Necker. We are now officially SMS Allsorts! SMS stands for Shropshire, Midlands Guides and Solihull and was a humorous take on SMS text messaging, the fastest growing method of mobile communication among young people and reflecting the speed at which Unit 45 bonded. We are extremely proud of them all.
More information and updates on the group please follow SMS Allsorts website, join us on Facebook at ShropshireJamboree, follow us on Twitter @Unit45Japan or contact us directly on ShropshireJamboree@outlook.com
About the Jamboree
A World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a gathering of Scouts and Guides from all over the world for an exciting programme of global development, peace, cultural understanding, adventure, friendship and fun.
The Scout Association has a long history of sending groups of Scouts, known as a Contingent, to attend the WSJ. In 2007 The Scout Association (TSA) hosted the 21st WSJ at Hylands Park in Essex and in 2011 the UK Contingent to the 22nd WSJ in Sweden was the association’s largest ever overseas expedition.
Building on this success TSA intends to form a Contingent to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015.
23rd World Scout Jamboree, Japan 2015
Lots of details about the 23rd WSJ are not yet known but further information can be found at http://www.23wsj.jp.
The theme for the 23rd WSJ is “WA- A Spirit of Unity”, is described in a Kanji Character, and has many meanings in one word. “WA” stands for harmony, unity, friendship and peace. Wa also means Japan too.
Tuesday, 28 July to Saturday, 8 August 2015 (although the UK’s participation is likely to include a pre/post event and Home (or Hosted) Hospitality
Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
Coordinates : N 34°01’ , E131°23’
Altitude : 2.7m – 15.8m
Avg.Temp. :Max30.6°C/Min 25.2°C
Avg. Rainfall : 4.1mm / day