Money in the bag for US trip

Heading stateside: Ewan Lewis, who is aiming to attend this year's Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree.'Contributed photograph
Heading stateside: Ewan Lewis, who is aiming to attend this year's Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree.'Contributed photograph

SCOUTS across the Montrose area are fund-raising this weekend to help send one of their number to represent Scotland at a national event in the United States.

Ewan Lewis, from Ferryden, has been chosen to represent the country at the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree, which will be held in West Virginia in July.

He has to raise £1,000 to help meet the costs of the trip and is already on the way to that by organising his own fund-raising events, including a freezing swim in the Dornoch Firth at new year, at but this Saturday the Arbroath and Montrose District Explorer Scouts will hold a day-long bag pack at Tesco Montrose to help send Ewan on what promises to be the trip of a lifetime as well as to boost their own funds.

The group raised more than £1,000 last year with a bag pack on the Easter weekend and are keen to beat that total if possible.

Scout leader Alison O’Hara said: “This is to raise funds for our unit activities, such as a trip to Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho and also to raise funds for Ewan Lewis, one of our Explorers who has been selected to go to the Boy Scouts of America jamboree this summer.

“If people want to come along, do their last minute Easter egg shopping and make a wee donation - every little helps! We did a bag pack on the Easter weekend last year and raised over £1,000. We hope to match this, of course.”

The jamboree, which will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, includes a packed activities programme which features scuba diving, white water rafting, tree canopy tours, gorge climbing, archery and shooting.

The Connecticut Yankee Council, which will host Ewan during his visit, also hopes to include a trip to New York, a baseball game, a Broadway show and a visit to the civil war battle site at Gettysburg.

Anyone who would like to help Ewan with his fund-raising can contact him via his mother’s e-mail at louisa.lewis@talktalk.net.