Group to represent UK at World Scout Moot

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Four Scout leaders from Derbyshire are set to represent the UK at a world Scouting event in Iceland this summer.

Claire Hollings, Sian Bagshaw and brother Sam Bagshaw, all from Darley Dale, and Leila Pankhurst, from Hopton, will represent the UK at the 15th World Scout Moot in Iceland.

The World Scout Moot is a gathering of Scouts aged 18 to 25 from across the globe. The moot will be held in the dramatic landscape of Iceland July 25 to August 2.

The UK contingent will be taking more than 500 participants to the event, where a total of 5,000 participants from 80 countries around the world,will join together to embark on nine days of adventure, fun and discovery.

Participants will stay at the National Scout Centre on the banks of Lake Ulfljotsvatn. They will make new friends from across the world and visit Geysir and the stunning waterfalls of Gullfoss.

The team will be using their skills to ensure the event goes to plan.

They are part of the International Service Team (IST), who volunteer their time to plan and deliver the event programme, and make sure all the participants get as much as they can out of the experience as possible. The IST gives those who take part the same exciting experiences as the participants and they will get a chance to learn new skills and visit the same breath taking locations Iceland has to offer.

Sian said: “I did not want to miss out on the excitement of such a huge international event. I’m most looking forward to meeting other people from across the world”.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls wished participants well on their adventure.

He said: “I’d just like to say a massive good luck to our brilliant UK contingent. They are heading off to the 15th World Scout Moot in Iceland and I am sure it’s going to be a trip to remember!

“I have filmed many times in Iceland and it is an incredible place to adventure and develop new skills that you can use throughout the rest of your life. It’s also a place that tests what you are made of!”

The theme of moot is ‘change’. All members of the UK contingent will embrace change on their journey to the moot, whether this is in their own lives or their local community.