An East Molesey scout leader has been chosen to represent the UK at the world scout jamboree in Japan next year.
Max Harvey, 20, a leader at the 1st Molesey Sea Scouts, was chosen from 100,000 adult scouting volunteers in the country to attend the gathering, which will have more than 30,000 scouts and volunteers from across the world.
Mr Harvey will travel to Kirarahama in the Yamaguchi prefecture of Japan in July 2015, for three weeks, and will work in a multicultural team.
The theme of next year’s jamboree is the kanji character Wa, which represents harmony, friendship and peace, as well as standing for Japan.
Through the spirit of unity, the Scout Association of Japan will welcome other Scouts from around the world to the jamboree as a way of sharing each other’s cultures and faiths, along with taking part in adventurous activities and tackling world issues.
Mr Harvey said: “A world Scout jamboree is scouting’s biggest adventure and I’m really pleased to have been selected.
“One of the biggest challenges for me is going to be coping with the hot and humid weather in Japan.
“It will be the first time I have travelled outside Europe and that’s a testament to the exciting opportunities scouting offers young people.”
Ahead of his trip, Mr Harvey will support the 36 young people from Surrey who will attend the jamboree and help them prepare for the adventure on the other side of the world.
Among those offering their congratulations to Mr Harvey is chief scout, Bear Grylls, who said the selection was the “trip of a lifetime”.
To follow Mr Harvey’s fundraising efforts and journey to Japan, follow @jaguarseascouts on Twitter.