On 21st July, I joined 30,000 other Scouts from 162 countries who headed to Kirara-Hama in Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.
I am part of the North of Scotland Unit, Solais Na Tuath and our unit is just one of the 75 that make up the 4,000 strong UK Contingent to the Jamboree.
My Japan experience started in November 2013, when I attended a selection weekend in Aviemore with thirty other Scouts from the Highlands and Islands – all competing for twelve spaces in the North of Scotland unit.
It was a fun weekend and I was on the ferry back to Stornoway when I received a phone call telling me that I would be going to the Jamboree!
I’m the only Scout attending the Jamboree from the Western Isles,
Before the Jamboree itself, at Kirara-Hama, we had a couple of days of Home Hospitality, staying with a Japanese host family.
We were the only unit that visited the island of Hokkiado, where there is very little English spoken. It was an unforgettable three weeks.
Pictured is Katie’s unit the Solais Na Tuath.