Japanese Jamboree awaits 15-year-old Berwick scout

Fraser Gorvett (15) of Berwick Scouts has been selected to travel across the world for next year's World Scout Jamboree as a Patrol Leader in Japan

Fraser Gorvett (15) of Berwick Scouts has been selected to travel across the world for next year's World Scout Jamboree as a Patrol Leader in Japan

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A 15-year-old Berwick scout has been selected to travel across the world as a patrol leader at next year’s World Scout Jamboree.

Fraser Gorvett is one of only four from the Northumberland scout region that will visit Japan next July.

The 23rd World Scout Jamboree will see 30,000 scouts and guides from over 200 countries meet to share each other’s diverse cultures.

Fraser, a member of North Northumberland Explorer Scout Unit and a pupil at Berwick Academy, was initially chosen with 35 other Scouts after a challenging two-stage selection process involving a range of individual and team activities with people he’d never met before.

He has since impressed his leaders so much that he has been selected to lead a patrol of nine scouts in the preparation for the international experience and the jamboree itself.

“I felt ecstatic and extremely overwhelmed when I got selected as I knew that this opportunity will be one of a lifetime,” said Fraser.

“I believe attending the World Scout Jamboree will be absolutely fantastic because there will be thousands of scouts from all around the world and it will be amazing to share the experience with them and be united together! Also it will be great to relate my experience back home to my family and friends.”

Having been part of The Scout Association since he was five, he will be away for three weeks with 3,000 others from the UK contingent.

Fraser is particularly looking forward to spending time sampling Japanese family life, revealing: “I’m really looking forward to Home Hospitality as it will be a great experience to potentially stay at a Japanese family’s home for a few days and witness what it’s like living in Japan.

“I’m also looking forward to meeting lots of people around the world and experiencing other countries’ cultures, especially Japan’s.

“It will be very special as I will be there on Hiroshima’s anniversary, a very interesting and possibly quite an emotional atmosphere.”

Fraser’s role will include planning and running activities, assisting and mentoring younger members, taking a lead in ceremonies including with Japanese local dignitaries, organising and helping with the jamboree planning and feeding back other youth members’ views to the leadership team.

Fraser is now putting a lot of effort into raising the £3,450 required. To help, visit www.northumberlandscouts.org.uk or call 0191 251 4064.

Around 2% of the funds raised will go towards helping children from poorer countries take part in the jamboree experience.

Fraser, who enjoys all sports and supports Arsenal FC, is being kept very busy with fundraising and other Unit activities. Having attended a number of fundraising activities, he is planning a race night and auction of promises.

“I have already received a few generous cheques from local businesses,” said Fraser, who is grateful to Ahlstrom Chirnside Ltd, Simpsons Malt, Sir Alan Beith, Jus-Rol and The Cringle Trust.

Fraser’s dad, Andrew, said: “I’m delighted that he has been recognised and given the responsibility. It will be good for him.”

Jamboree unit leader, Paul Joseph, is very pleased with how well the unit are getting to know each other and the effort they and their families are going to to raise funds.

The children’s services team leader said: “We’re very pleased with the Scouts and Explorer Scouts that we have chosen to form the Unit. They’re all getting along so well with each other having taken part in a number of events with their fellow Unit members. They and their parents are coming up with innovative and adventurous fundraising ideas and they are a credit to their Leaders and the county they will be representing in Japan.”

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