A scout is set for a trip of a lifetime after being chosen to represent the area at an international event.
Fifteen-year-old Peter Mason has been selected by Lincolnshire and Rutland Scouts to be one of the 25 young people to represent the region at the World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi Province, Japan.
Peter, who has been a beaver, cub, scout and is now a young leader at 1st North Luffenham Scouts, as well as an explorer scout at Rutland Unit, was one of 89 youngsters to attend the selection weekend, in which he camped, mimed things out and ate Japanese food blindfolded.
Peter now needs to raise the funds for his trip, which takes place in July and August next year.
He said: “At first I was amazed that I was chosen out of the some 80 other people to go on the Jamboree. And then it struck me, I need to raise over £3,000 to get there. I now have a huge task on my hands to raise all of this money. Now I’m just hugely excited and can’t wait to go to Japan, despite the fact it’s over a year away.”
Rutland district commissioner Andy Cowper-Johnson said: “Having a member of Rutland’s Explorer Unit attend the World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan is a fantastic achievement.
“Every young person attending has an amazing opportunity to meet and experience new people and cultures from around the world. As a scouting district, we will obviously offer our full support in helping Peter secure funding to be able to attend this once in a lifetime experience.”
Donations for Peter’s trip should be sent to 8 North Luffenham Road, South Luffenham, LE15 8NP; cheques to be made out to Rutland Scout District Council.