Norfolk teenager set for Scandinavian jamboree
David BaleA Norfolk teenage dental nurse has been selected for an adventure of a lifetime with The Scout Association, and will spend two weeks next summer teaching youngsters how to protect the environment whilst living in wild Scandinavian grassland.David Bale
A teenage dental nurse has been selected for an adventure of a lifetime with The Scout Association, and will spend two weeks next summer teaching youngsters how to protect the environment whilst living in wild Scandinavian grassland.
Amy Spanswick, 19, from Folly Road, Wymondham, is one of 500 successful candidates chosen from the scouts' 100,000 adult volunteers to represent the UK at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden.
The event is a chance for adults to be part of The International Service Team (IST) and work with 30,000 scouts at the event.
Miss Spanswick, who is a member of the 18-25 Norfolk Scout Network and assistant leader of 46 Norwich special needs group, has been involved in adult scouting about one and half years, after being a guide as a girl.
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She said: 'I'm really thrilled to be going. Four years ago I went to a Jamboree as a participant, a guide, and I want to give back what the staff on that occasion gave to me.
'Not only will I get to meet 30,000 people from nearly every country in the world - and share their knowledge and experiences -but you also get the chance to learn new skills.'
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Miss Spanswick, who works as a dental nurse for John G Plummer and associates in Wymondham and Norwich, was picked to go after impressing at a special event in Nottinghamshire where she had to complete a variety of team activities and creativity tests.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: 'Congratulations to Amy and all the other UK volunteers who have been selected to go on this trip of a lifetime.
'While lots of people know that scouting is all about adventure, they often don't realise that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement.
'The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this. Over the course of the Jamboree they will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light.'
Have you been chosen to take part in a trip of a lifetime? Ring reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.