Town's Scouts to represent Britain

Two Scouts from Eastbourne are off to Virginia to represent the UK at the World Scout Jamboree.

Thursday, 9th August 2018, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 31st August 2018, 5:10 pm

Rebecca Preston and Gavin Kettlety will be part of a team delivering the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia next summer.

Rebecca will work with Scouts from nearly every country in the world to share life skills and deliver this life changing event.

Held only every four years, a World Scout Jamboree is an opportunity young people in Scouting only get once. The World Scout Jamboree brings together 45,000 Scouts from across the world to experience international cultures and celebrate the Scouting principle: to create a better world.


UK Scouting has selected a team to help make this life changing event possible. The team has been brought together from across the country and will make the event possible as well as picking up important skills for life.

The team will help deliver all aspects of the event from delivering world leading activities, to awe inspiring staged events through to mass catering.

Rebecca Preston, 21, said, “This will be my second World Scout Jamboree but my first as an IST.

“Meeting new people from all different backgrounds and cultures is one of my incentives for going but learning new skills to prepare me for later life is the absolute goal.”

Gavin Kettlety, 37, said, “At the World Scout Jamboree, I’m really excited to throw myself into learning some brand new skills.

“Working with almost 40,000 people is a huge learning curve for me, but I can’t wait to get started”.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said, “Congratulations to Rebecca Preston 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 that Scouting helps young people learn the skills they need for life they often don’t realize 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 Rebecca all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time next over the next few years.”

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico Scouting Associations, and will take place between July and August 2019.

They aim to focus on the cultures of the ‘new world’.