Why Jack is dyeing to go to Jamboree
A teenage scout is working hard to represent his county at the World Scout Jamboree next year and he needs the support of Comet readers. Jack Duffin, 14, of Windermere Drive, Biggleswade, an explorer scout and leader for Apollo Beavers, has been chosen as
A teenage scout is working hard to represent his county at the World Scout Jamboree next year and he needs the support of Comet readers.
Jack Duffin, 14, of Windermere Drive, Biggleswade, an explorer scout and leader for Apollo Beavers, has been chosen as one of 36 young scouts who will represent Bedfordshire at the jamboree which is being held in Chelmsford, Essex.
"This a special year as it is the centenary of scouting and the jamboree is coming home to England," said Jack in a letter to The Comet.
"There will be more countries represented at the jamboree than in the Olympics.
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"Each contingent member needs to raise approximately £1,200. The money will go towards funding myself and a scout from a third world country who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend, plus purchasing camping equipment and kit so everyone is equal at the event."
Jack, a pupil at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade, has been involved in fundraising at district level where he has organised an auction of goods and promises. He has run refreshment stalls at scouting events and has agreed to have his hair dyed this summer.
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"One half will be bubble gum pink and I am offering individuals and companies the opportunity to choose the other colour by pledging money," said Jack.
"They can choose from purple, black, blue and green."
Jack is also responsible for organising a raffle at the Biggleswade cub scouts sports day next month.
If anyone would like to sponsor Jack contact The Comet newsdesk on 01438 866200 or write to The Editor, The Comet, Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 3EE.