Scouts scrub up for Jamboree Japan fundraiser

Cambridge scouts Charlie Wayne (behind), Reid Jameson Potts, and Nick Crowley prepare their carwash fundraiser at Chesterton Sports Centre on Saturday.

A globe-trotting trio of Cambridge Scouts will be rolling up their sleeves this Saturday to wash as many cars as possible in a drive to raise funds for their trip to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in summer 2015.

Nick Crowley (14), Reid Jameson Potts (13) and Charlie Wayne (15) will have soapy sponges and chamois leathers at the ready at Chesterton Sports Centre in Cambridge in a bid to raise buckets of cash to help fund their adventure.

The lads, who are all pupils at Chesterton Community College, are among a troop of 36 young boys and girls selected to represent Cambridgeshire County Scouts at the popular international event, taking place in Kirara-hama, Japan between 28 July and 8 August 2015.

The trio will be part of the UK contingent of 4,000 Scouts and Guides who will be attending the camp along with tens of thousands of young people from at least 78 nations. For ten days they will all live together under canvas, and take part in a packed programme of activities.

The Jamboree, which is held every four years, will coincide with the week when Japan marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The theme of the Jamboree is 'Wa' meaning harmony, unity, friendship and peace allowing a spirit of unity to share with others cultures, faiths and values, while broadening their experience as global citizens with a wider awareness of world issues.

Commenting, Charlie Wayne, 15, said: "Having the chance to attend the World Jamboree will be a once in a lifetime experience for all three of us. None of us have been to Japan before or experienced anything like it - we are extremely excited. But before then, we're really looking forward to seeing as many people as possible with their cars at Chesterton Sports Centre on Saturday"

The boys have already been doing a variety of fundraising activities, including baking cakes to sell at school, bag packing at local stores and taking part in sponsored events with other plans in the pipeline in the coming months.

The car wash will take place between 9am and 3pm at Chesterton Sports Centre car park on Gilbert Road, Cambridge this Saturday 8 November.

For each car wash, we suggest a minimum donation of £5. More appreciative donations are gladly accepted!