In 2014 twenty Explorer scouts will be embarking on an expedition to Nepal. This is not a sightseeing holiday or time in the sun, but aims to start something enduring and beneficial.
Twenty local young people will be organising and running the first Namaste Nepal jungle jamboree in the Chitwan Nation Park; 50km south-west of Kathmandu in the dense Parasa rainforest! They will not only be developing and growing themselves but will be aiding the development and growth of nearly one hundred Nepalese scouts and local children.
The jamboree will be a jam packed four-day event for everyone involved. The UK Scouts will be delivering much needed education and training along with a massive helping of happiness, fun and enjoyment.
WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING
The Scouts have been busy planning since August 2013 for a successful jamboree in October 2014. With a continuous effort throughout, they are a good way towards achieving their goals.
The Scouts have been selected from across the Cabot district and made it through a tough selection camp. Each one has shown a willingness to contribute and commitment to the project.
Throughout the year the Scouts have participated in a number of STEM activities to enhance the educational elements of the trip and their understanding of some of the problems facing Nepal, such as fresh water supplies and squashed tomatoes (see the blog). This learning not only aids the scouts now in a school context, but will allow them to better understand what they see in the small communities within Nepal.
See the blog for up-to-date reports on what we are up to.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Like any expedition there is a cost. Travel is a big chunk; food and accommodation is another. But there is also a cost to deliver the jungle jamboree for the Nepalese scouts and deliver training for the local scout leaders.
We need your help to increase the amount of money we can put towards the jungle jamboree and make this trip a success!
Whether would like to make a donation towards the trip, sponsor a Nepalese child to attend the jamboree or support a Scout group in Nepal... it all helps.
It costs £70 for each Nepalese Scout to attend the jungle jamboree. This includes their travel, shelter, food and security from wild animals, such as rhinos and elephants. This also injects money directly in to the remote community by employing local people.
£100 will buy 10m of rhino proofed fencing. The materials will be owned by the local community and used again for further events which will open up other forms of revenue.
£300 will sponsor a Scout group and provide the cost of education for the leader, and all of their equipment for the year.
Even £1 will help us towards our fundraising target.
Currently Bristol funds a number of Scout groups in Nepal at a cost of £300 a year. This is not much in the grand scheme of things, and delivers a level of education and ownership to a local village.
If you feel you would like to contribute any amount, please get in touch via the contact us link.