Portishead volunteer heads to USA for World Scout Jamboree

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:26 09 August 2018

Josie Williams. Picture: Martyn Milner

Josie Williams. Picture: Martyn Milner

© Martyn Milner 2018

A Portishead woman has been selected to represent the UK at the World Scout Jamboree.

Josie Williams, aged 35, will head to West Virginia in the USA in July 2019 where she will work with scouts from hundreds of other countries.

The event is held once every four years and sees 45,000 scouts come together to experience each other’s cultures.

Josie, who is involved with 1st Portishead Scout Group, said: “This is a great opportunity for me to travel to a different country and see how scouts from all over the world operate.

“I am going to the Jamboree with an open mind because I just don’t know what to expect and that really excites me.

“I am hoping the opportunity will help me and my understanding of different people.”

Josie will head to the jamboree as part of a UK Scouting team made up of members from across the country.

The group will help out with all aspects of the event including putting on staged activities and mass catering.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “Congratulations to Josie and all the other UK volunteers who have been selected to support scouts at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA.

“While lots of people know 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.

“Over the course of the jamboree 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 Josie all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time over the next few years.”

The 24th World Scout Jamboree is being hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico Scouting Associations.

Scouting is the world’s largest youth movement and was founded on August 1, 1907.

In the UK, there are 7,000 scouting groups across the country providing 450,000 people aged six to 25.

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