Wexford scouts in Japan for world jamboree
Wexford is being represented at the World Scout Jamboree in the Land of the Rising Sun by Eimear Boyd, 35th Wexford Kilmore, and Eoin Hickey, 2nd Wexford scout groups.
Over the course of the Jamboree the young people engage in a range of activities, with strong inter-cultural exchanges, a big part of the event. They are part of a 330-strong contingent from Ireland which left last week and will be based in Kirara-hama Yamaguchi City in Japan until August 9.
147 countries are taking part in the event comprising approximately 33,000 scouts and scouters.
As part of the Peace Programme, a one-day programme is being laid on to Hiroshima, one of two cities in Japan laid waste by atomic bombs in 1945.
The Jamboree is co-ordinated and staffed by a host of volunteers from around the world.
Eimear, from Kilmore, is part of the Irish staff contintent while Eoin, from Wexford town, is a youth representative.
'It's still a bit surreal,' Eimear said before heading for Dublin Airport. 'I've been to Birmingham in the UK and Belfast, but I've never been outside Europe before.'
The daughter of Fred and Patricia Boyd, 19-year-old Eimear is in the second year of an art degree course at the IADT, and has been in the scouts for nine years.
Eoin, aged 18, from Hillcrest, Mulgannon, is the son of the late Jackie Hickey and John Hickey and is going into the sixth year at the CBS in Wexford.
The cost of the Jamboree is considerable, which is funded by the participants themselves, with the held of fundraising through their Groups, Scout County contribution and family support.
The World Scout Jamboree is a forerunner to the Olympic Games which will be held in Japan in 2020. It is a wonderful experience for by Eimear and Eoin and one which they will remember for the rest of their lives