March 2018: Student gives up Saturday to raise money for trip to Scout Jamboree in America

One of our students who is going to America for the World Scout Jamboree in 2019 spent a day in a salon to help raise money for the trip.

Oscar Shuttleworth became a Saturday boy at Antony and Patricia in Bank Street, Rawtenstall, and raised £45.87 towards the £3,900 needed for the Jamboree.

He had previously spent time filing at a Preston business and the £100 he earned also went into his Jamboree fund

Oscar said: “I am one of 17 members of 38th Rossendale that got a place to represent East Lancashire at the 2019 Jamboree in West Virginia.

“The Jamboree is from July 22 to August 2 and after that we will be going to either New York City or Washington DC and hopefully spending time in Canada.

“I have been to Canada on family holidays twice before but never to America.

“I am most looking forward to meeting new people from other countries and taking part in all the different activities.

“More than 70 people applied for the places and we had a weekend at Bowley Scout Camp, near Great Harwood, where we did a series of challenges to show our leadership and team working skills. Just 30 were picked for the trip and we are known as the Mad Hatters.”

For the Jamboree appeal, 38th Rossendale held a gin tasting session that raised more than £2,000 and Oscar said he would be bag packing and is also looking to fundraise with the East Lancashire Railway.

Oscar has been in Scouting since he was six when he joined 38th Rossendale.

He said: “I wanted to go on the Jamboree because I believe it will be a great experience and I enjoy getting to know more about other people’s cultures.

“Through school, I have been on a German exchange and Simon, the exchange student, also came to stay at my home and we have kept in touch ever since by messaging, Whatsapp and Facetime. Simon and his family will be back to stay for a week at Easter.

“At the salon, I have been sweeping up hair, cleaning and polishing the shelves and helping the staff where I can.”

Manager at Antony and Patricia Charlotte Jeffs said: “Oscar has been an asset to the salon and worked really hard.

“He has a very pleasant personality and the fact he was wearing his Scout uniform got a lot of the customers talking and interested in what he was doing.

“At A&P we all wish him well with his fundraising efforts.”