TWO 14-year-old boys from the Dispatch district set off for Sweden this week to take part in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.
They are Matthew Booth, of Hawthorn Avenue, Hucknall, and Blake Morris, who lives on Salmon Lane, Annesley Woodhouse.
Both were selected as members of the 5th Hucknall Scouts, based at the town’s Leen Mills Primary School, to represent Nottinghamshire at the jamboree.
But they now attend the Merlin Explorer group, which meets at the Scout hut on Beardall Street, Hucknall.
The two boys, both pupils at Hucknall National Comprehensive School, are among a 40-strong contingent from Nottinghamshire, including four leaders, at the jamboree.
They flew to the Danish capital, Copenhagen, before taking a train to Kristianstad, in the south of Sweden, where the jamboree began on Wednesday and will continue until Sunday August 7.
Four thousand Scouts from the UK joined with 34,000 others from around the world for a variety of activities, based around the themes of global development, quests, people and the environment.
The Scouts will then be reunited with their families in Amsterdam for a ‘hospitality day’.
To ensure they could go on this trip of a lifetime, Matthew and Blake were each required to raise £2,100. Other members of the 5th company helped them towards this goal with initiatives which included bag packing, car boot sales, a sponsored swim, car washes and sales of quiz booklets which were printed by Blake.
Matthew’s mum, Lisa, said: “The lads have really been looking forward to the jamboree for a long time.”
n OUR PHOTO shows Blake and Matthew with their bags packed for the jamboree — DISPIC NHUD11-1999-1