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Crawley Scouts among 80 from West Sussex attending Jamboree in West Virginia

Four Scouts from Crawley will be part of 80 Scouts from across West Sussex travelling to the World Scout Jamboree in West Virgina, USA, in July.



Scouts from Crawley Ben, Megan, Kristofer and Will are attending along with their leaders Sean and Vikki.

They were all selected from over 200 applicants who had to go through a rigorous selection process of selection camps and interviews to represent their Scouting County and the UK at the event. They will be joining over 4,500 Scouts and Leaders as part of the UK Contingent.

The two West Sussex units; the West Sussex Wolves and the Mustang Martlets have recently received the UK Contingent specially-designed kit in preparation for this trip of a lifetime. Every member of the UK contingent has a rucksack and an 80-litre holdall to carry three weeks of kit which includes a hat, dry wicking t-shirt and water bottle.

Over the past 18 months, they have had to raise £280,000 (with approximately £60,000 of this going to support less fortunate countries) to attend the Jamboree; and the two West Sussex units are almost at their target!

Attending the Jamboree is an opportunity like no other for the selected Scouts. Not only will they get to meet 45,000 people from nearly every country in the world but also share their knowledge and experiences, whilst working towards greater international understanding. The Jamboree has also allowed them to learn new skills at the numerous preparation camps over the last 18 months to serve them well at the event itself and in their future lives too.

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said:

“Over the course of the Jamboree these 80 Scouts will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences, learn new skills and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light”.

The Chief Organiser said:

“The 24th World Scout Jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past world Jamboree programmes such as the global development village, the World Scout Centre, a special sustainability initiative and the socialisation elements that allow participants to make lifelong friends from around the world.

Unlike any other youth event, it invites them to surround themselves in diverse global cultures by joining their new Scouting friends at a single destination for 12 unforgettable days”.


Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!



Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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