Essex woman selected to attend 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in July 2011

PUBLISHED: 17:13 04 April 2010 | UPDATED: 07:36 30 May 2010

A WOMAN from Great Easton has been selected to take part in an adventure of a lifetime whilst representing the UK scouting association. Liz Craig, from Great Easton, is heading off to Sweden in July 2011 for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.

A WOMAN from Great Easton has been selected to take part in an adventure of a lifetime whilst representing the UK scouting association.

Liz Craig, from Great Easton, is heading off to Sweden in July 2011 for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree after being handpicked from over 100,000 other hopefuls.

She will now have the opportunity to be part in the adult International Service Team (IST), which looks after the day-to-day running of the two-week long event.

Mrs Craig said: "I am over the moon to have been selected for the IST. I am really looking forward to working with adults from other countries, and meeting young people from round the world.

"Only scouting can provide the opportunity to represent your country and enable you to meet such a variety of people."

The IST is a group of volunteers which makes the Jamboree happen, and their theme is 'contribute, develop, inspire' which is exactly what they will do for the 30,000 Scouts at the event.

Mrs Craig decided to apply because she has never done anything internationally before. She is one of 500 successful candidates chosen for the trip of a lifetime after impressing at a special event in County Durham.

At the event Liz had to complete a variety of team activities and creativity tests to demonstrate why she should gain a place at the 2011 World Scout Jamboree.

Attending the Jamboree is an opportunity of a lifetime for Liz and the other UK adult volunteers selected.

Not only will she get to meet over 30,000 people from nearly every country in the world but she will get the chance to share knowledge and experiences whilst working towards greater international understanding. The Jamboree will offer them the chance to learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.

Chief scout and celebrity explorer Bear Grylls said: "Congratulations to Liz 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 realize 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.

"I wish Liz all the best and I know she is going to have an amazing time next year."

The Jamboree will be held on the fields of Rinkaby, not far from the town of Kristianstad, in the province of Skåne, in the south of Sweden between July 27 and August 7, 2011.

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