It's been nearly 2 years since 45 Devon Scouts found out they had been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
18 of the Scouts joined 18 Cornish Scouts to form Unit 21, the other 27 joined up with 9 Girl Guides from across the South West of England to become Unit 22 - this is their story.
Unit 22 was born and quickly became known as Two Little Ducks taken from the bingo term for the number 22. Dave the Duck followed quickly behind. If you haven't heard of Dave, he is a 6ft Yellow inflatable Duck. He has become known country and world wide through Facebook and Twitter. Dave joins the Scouts wherever they go and whatever they do. He's also going to Japan as their mascot and will take pride of place on their camp.
The patrols have also been named after Ducks, we have Daisy led by Guide Leader Zoe, Crispy by Nicki, Donald by Gary and Daffy by Kirstie, all Scout Leaders. The leaders have worked tirelessly to prepare the Scouts for this trip of a lifetime by way of camps and activities that teach them all they need to know.
The Scouts have met dignatories from Ottery St Mary and talked to them about the Home Hospitality they will enjoy in Nagano Prefecture. Learnt to use chopsticks through challenges including eating their Christmas dinner with them and playing chopstick jenga. Spoken in Japanese with an exchange student from Japan and experienced the humidity in the Bio-domes at the Eden Project building flag poles, gateways and washing structures with bamboo poles. London and the Hyper Japan exhibition in July last year was a real adventure, the weather was glorious and the most was made of the visits with lots of London landmarks visited.
We have also taken Japan in a Box far and wide across Devon sharing our Japanese fun with Beaver, Cubs and Scouts and will continue to until we depart and on our return as well.
The Scouts are nearly ready to go, they've received their clothing and luggage cases, they just need to sew on all their badges and pack their bags.
The leaders have packed the crate with much needed items to make the experience more enjoyable. Dave is hiding in there too.
If you want to follow us and see what Two Little Ducks get up to in Japan you can find us at:
Facebook - Unit 22 (Two Little Ducks): UK Contingent - WSJ 2015
Twitter - @unit22_wsj
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