Dozens of lucky South Yorkshire Scouts have been chosen to go on an adventure of a lifetime in Japan.
The group will join more than 30,000 others at the World Scout Jamboree next year.
Youngsters from Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield will prepare themselves for the three-week trip away from home with a series of team building camps.
Charlotte Whitham, aged 16, of Grenoside, said: “I am looking forward to it so much. Even after meeting all the members for the first time, we have already become like a family.
“I am looking forward to experiencing the different cultures from all over the world and also making many lifelong friends. Without Scouting, these opportunities wouldn’t be possible.”
During the 10-day Jamboree the South Yorkshire Scouts will camp, live and work together with others from all over the world.
They will learn about each country’s culture and faiths, learn new skills, debate some of the biggest issues facing the world today and take part in all sorts of adventure activities.
The Scouts are now embarking on a fundraising mission to help pay for the trip and subsidise travel costs for Scouts in the developing world.
Fundraising activities will include bag packs, creating a cook book, car boot sales, car washes and sponsored challenges.
Charlotte’s mum, Julie Whitham, said: “Being chosen to represent Scouting in Yorkshire at an event on the other side of the world is such an exciting once in a lifetime opportunity.
“Since hearing about the application process, Charlotte has never been deterred.
“She was totally focussed on reaching Japan.”
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