THE COUNTDOWN is on for the trip of a lifetime to Japan.
Scouts around the world are preparing for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in July and August.
There are 36 scouts in West Sussex who have spent 18 months planning, raising funds and training ahead of their journey.
Adam Long, 14, from the 12th Chichester Scout Group said: “It was fantastic to receive all of our issue kit for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree at our last preparation camp – it has made the whole experience seem even closer.
“The kit is amazing, I am so looking forward to finally getting to Japan and I am looking forward to sharing my adventure with those who have helped us make this whole experience possible.”
The jamboree is based in Yamaguchi prefecture, in the south of Japan.
The site will hold around 30,000 people from more than 100 countries and include activities such as science, global development, nature and water sports.
Over 12 days at the jamboree the West Sussex unit, known as Yewnity, will interact with hundreds of other cultures from across the world.
The kit that has been designed for the event will ensure all of the 4,000 young people and adults attending the event as part of the UK contingent will be comfortable in the Japanese summer climate.
The West Sussex scouts received theirs this month and celebrated their imminent departure with a special cake.
The Yewnity group has been supplied with dry wicking clothing specially designed for the humid climate as well as a hat, neck towel and water bottle to ensure they remain hydrated and healthy while at the event.