Sea scouts set sights on Thailand

PUBLISHED: 13:36 18 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

SIX Suffolk sea scouts proved they were a cut above the rest when they were selected to take part in a prestigious world jamboree.

SIX Suffolk sea scouts proved they were a cut above the rest when they were selected to take part in a prestigious world jamboree.

The lads, from the 2nd Hadleigh (St Mary's) Sea Scouts and the 1st First Shotley Sea Scout troop faced a rigorous selection process before they were offered a place representing the Ipswich South District at the 20th World Scout Jamboree to be held in Thailand in 2003.

Chris Mickleburgh, 13, Kenneth Ball, 14, and Michael Spice, 14, from Hadleigh, and Carl Taylor, 12, Daniel Webb, 14, and Peter Baxter, 12, from Shotley, must now raise £2,500 each towards the cost of staging the giant event.

"All the boys came across extremely well in interview," said 2nd Hadleigh scout leader John Turnbull.

"It's a very big and prestigious event. The boys had to submit a CV and be ready to say why they should be chosen above all the other boys. They must have been considered to be good examples of scouting before they were selected."

The jamboree takes place in Sattahip, Chonburi Province, 180 kms south east of Bangkok from December 28 to January 8.

There will be an abundance of activities with an emphasis on learning through experience particularly in the areas of physical skill, scientific exploration, information technology, environmental education and community development.

But before Suffolk lads meet up with the 30,000 other scouts from all over the world on the beach campsite they face the daunting prospect of raising thousands of pounds to fund the trip.

Work has began in earnest at the Hadleigh camp, says parent Geoff Spice, who is organising publicity for the boys efforts.

The boys have already appeared, under the banner Scouts to Thailand, at a number of village fetes.

Mr Spice is also organising a letter drop to all businesses in the area asking for sponsorship.

"It's a lot of money to find but we are confident that with enough hard work we will reach the target in time," he said.

Shotley group scout leader Jenny Mullan said that she was thrilled to see her lads selected but warned "it will not simply be a holiday" for the boys.

"At the end of it all they will return much enhanced from the experience. The scouts will be expected to give presentations on the jamboree and their impressions of it – singing for their suppers, so to speak," she said.

The two troops will be working together to achieve their fundraising target with additional support from the Ipswich South District.

The Shotley lads have already set up a table at two car boot sales and plan a series of car washes in the near future.

If you would like to help the Hadleigh scouts please contact Mr Spice on 0207 8609386 (daytime) 01473 824774 (evenings) or email him at

For information on making donations to the Shotley team contact Jenny Mullan on 01473 787725

For more information on the jamboree try


The six sea scouts from Hadleigh and Shotley who are off to the jamboree in Thailand later this year.

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