Nick follows in family footsteps

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MEMBERS of Brighouse scouts represented West Yorkshire at the World Scout Jamboree held in Kristianstad, Sweden.

Bethany Stephenson, 14, Nick Pollard, 15, and Rohit Gupta, 14, joined 41,000 other scouts from across more than 140 countries.

Scouts spent two days in Copenhagen, Denmark before arriving at the Swedish village, where the three youngsters were entertained at the opening ceremony by the group Europe and some Swedish bands.

Nick, from Vicarage Gardens, Rastrick, has been a scout since he was 11 and followed in his grandads footsteps, Brian Pollard, who attended the 7th World Scouting Jamboree which was held in Austria in 1951.

Grandad Brian Pollard said he was very pleased that Nick is following in his footsteps and was impressed by all the equipment the Scouts had been issued.

The jamboree was split into five sections under the heading ‘Journey Through Life’.

There was also a culture day when the contingent split into two groups and put something on about their locality.

Rohit, from The Dell, Fixby, was part of the ‘Ay Up Tykes’ and walked around in flat caps and gave out samples of Yorkshire Puddings and gravy. Nick and Bethany, from Kirk Lane, Hipperholme, who were with the ‘Yorkshire Mixtures’ poured out gallons of Yorkshire tea and handed out Yorkshire tealoaf.

During the jamboree Scouts are encouraged to make friends and learn about the other cultures. They also swap badges and items with scouts from other countries.

Nick brought home American, Swedish, Thai, Italian and Cornish badges, a fleece worn by the Hong Kong contingent of scouts and a 10-foot Japanese coy-carp wind sock which he swapped for English scouting shorts.

On the last week Bethany and Nick travelled to Poland as guests of the Polish scouts, camping at a site near Warsaw. “We had a bit of a shock,” said Nick.

“On the first day we had to get up to do community exercises. The Polish scouts were very military in their outlook and discipline, having been run by the armed forces until a few years ago, and their games were very physical. We’d never be allowed to have them in the UK.”