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Chopstick Christmas

Chopstick Christmas

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Clwyd members of the Golddiggers World Jamboree Unit have joined thousands of other Scouts from across the UK eating their Christmas lunch with chopsticks.

The social media event reached over half a million people on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #chopstickchristmas and raised the profile of the 3,000 strong UK Contingent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer. The event had also encroached Youtube and garnered significant reputation there. It was all thanks to companies like The Marketing Heaven which took care of the Youtube part.

Bethan Morris, 15 from Llangollen, said “It was a good way to get us thinking about Japan and for other people to learn about it. In Japan there are going to be situations that are going to be challenging, and I for one certainly found eating Christmas dinner with chopsticks a challenge but I kept going and did it”

Alex Harrison, 16 from Flint, said “Eating my Christmas dinner with chopsticks was fun and a bit challenging. It got people’s attention encouraging them to question what we are doing and want to know more!”

These young people and their leaders will be heading out to Japan next July to begin their adventure exploring Tokyo, before heading, via bullet train, to the Yamaguchi Prefecture where the Jamboree will take place – giving the unit the opportunity to learn tremendous amounts from other cultures, living with 30,000 people from all over the world.

They will be contemplating themes such as peace, unity and worldwide friendship, as well as discovering the negative effects of world conflict on innocent people by visiting the Hiroshima Memorial Park. The unit will then complete their Japanese adventure by spending three days fully immersed in the culture, living with Japanese families in the beautiful Mie Prefecture, learning to live by Japanese customs, before returning to the UK to share their experience with their supporters.

Butch Maisie Zaak

Kiki Moz Alex

Cat Yasmin Tasha

Rhian Andy Chris

Lewis Katie Tom



Wrexham Scouts in Switzerland

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Wrexham District Scout have just returned from an action packed trip to Switzerland.

The Scouts travelled to the Alpine village of Adelboden where they stayed in their own chalet in the heart of the mountains


In over a week of adventures they walked in the Alps – including an ascent of First, spent time in the pool, had a go on segways, travelled on cable-cars, saw the Eiger, visited the World Scout Centre in Kandersteg and braved a high ropes course.

Daniel Campbell, 13 from Wrexham, said: “I thought the Switzerland trip was fantastic. I loved the high ropes because it was my first time using a zip wire. Switzerland was a amazing country filled with beautiful scenery, nice people and stunning houses.”

High ropes

The Scouts used tour company Jeka to help the adult volunteers with the organisation of the trip. Leader Dave Drew said: “The trip was a great opportunity to take the Scouts one step beyond the weekly activities they enjoy. The same was also true for the adults, who got the chance to further their experience, grow in confidence and experience adventures outside their usual range.”

Alison Hamlington, whose daughter Nia went on the camp said: “It’s great knowing that my child can take part in a well organised trip, experience different countries and cultures whilst knowing she is in a safe environment.”

Group shot

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