A Cubbington Girlguiding member is set to embark on a 6,000-mile trip across the globe to take her place on an international adventure.
Sylvie Ward, 14, has been selected to represent Girlguiding- the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women - at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year.
She will take part in a host of community action and cultural projects and meet more than 30,000 young people from all over the world.
Sylvie said: “Being a member of Girlguiding has given me lots of exciting opportunities. I would never have got to go to Japan without guiding and am so excited about taking part in this adventure of a lifetime.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting other young people from across the globe, finding out about their lives and working together to make a positive difference.”
Sylvie, a member of Cubbington Rangers group, will be one of around 4,000 Guides and Scouts from across the UK taking part in the 12-day event next summer.
As part of a team of 40 young people, Sylvie will have the opportunity to immerse herself in Japanese culture, explore the latest developments in science and technology and help to raise awareness of global issues such as the environment and human rights.
She will also have the chance to take part in water sports including sailing and windsurfing.
There will also be a peace programme commemorating the atomic bombing of cities in Japan during the Second World War, which will include a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
To raise funds for her trip Sylvie will participate in bag packing with her ranger group, car boot sales,run tombola stalls at fairs and fetes, and a host of other activities.
For information about how to get involved in girlguiding visit www.girlguiding.org.uk