Scouts who have been selected to attend the World Jamboree in 2015 but might be facing financial hardship, are being supported by Adam Dawson who is setting off in March on a 1450 mile hike to raise money for the Scouting Association’s Hardship Fund.
Starting at the southernmost point in the UK he will finish at the northernmost point, after taking in the three highest peaks in Wales, England, and Scotland.
Whilst out on a training walk (see his track here), Adam Dawson spoke to us about his upcoming adventure and why he feels the Scouting Association is such a worthy cause.
“Both my sons were lucky enough to attend one of the Scouting Association’s World Jamborees. They received such a lot of benefit and enjoyment from the event I wanted to give something back. The money I raise from my hike will go towards a Hardship Fund set up by the Scouts to help those who are struggling to cover the cost of the Jamboree.”
The World Jamboree is held every four years and welcomes tens of thousands of Scouts and Guides from across the globe to live together for 10 days to explore a new culture.
One of the many badges on offer to scouts is the Navigator Activity badge, which can be attained through the use of GPS navigation devices such as ViewRanger. Scouts are required to demonstrate a number of skills including the programming of a GPS, the planning of a route using Ordnance Survey maps and geocaching. More information on the syllabus for this badge can be found here.
“The 2015 Jamboree will take place in Japan, which will be an incredible opportunity for anyone lucky enough to be selected. It would be such a shame for a Scout to miss out because of financial reasons, so for me the Hardship Fund is a great cause.”
To raise money Adam is walking 1450 miles across the UK, including the summits of Snowdon, Scarfell Pike and Ben Nevis. He will climb over 82,000m – more than nine times the height of Mount Everest!
Adam says “I was always worried about how I would carry paper maps of the entire country, but luckily ViewRanger have provided me with OS maps of my whole route. I’ve downloaded the maps to my iPad mini which I keep in a waterproof case and have plotted the entire route with ViewRanger’s tracking tool. I can get a couple of days of navigation out of the battery so now I don’t have to worry about heavy paper maps and getting them wet!”
Adam will also be using Buddy Beacon on his hike so sponsors can keep up to date with his progress. Once you have donated on his Just Giving site you will be sent login details so you can monitor his real-time location.
“It’s all starting to come together now. The Scouting Association is really excited about my trip and is trying to arrange for scouts to join me for parts of the walk, but anyone is more than welcome to come and say hello, just get in touch.”
We wish Adam all the best of luck and can’t wait to hear about all his adventure!