FIVE Scouts from Reading have been chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and are looking for help to get there.
The teenagers have been chosen to represent the town at the World Scout Jamboree, which will be held in July 2015 in Japan.
As part of their fundraising, a special jazz concert will be held at an Emmer Green church on Saturday, September 27.
Featuring music from The Kings of Jazz, the evening will include classics such as In The Mood, Little Brown Jug and Mack The Knife.
Funds raised will help send fund the trip, as well as giving St Barnabas Church’s organ fund a boost.
The five Scouts are Laurence Martin, 14, Peter Drew, 15, Daniel Rumble, 15, Fergus Mander, 12, and Nick Moxley, 14.
They will join 40 other Scouts from across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and 3,500 from the rest of the UK.
Rachel Ellis, an Explorer Scout leader at the 89th Reading troop in Caversham, will be travelling with them as one of three leaders for the Berkshire Unit.
The group will join more than 30,000 Scouts from around the world for a 10-night camp in Yamaguchi.
While there they will take part in charity events, water sports and cultural activities.
Laurence, an Explorer Scout in Caversham, said: “This is an amazing opportunity to visit a country I would probably have never gone to.
“I am really looking forward to finding out about the Japanese way of life and meeting new people from around the world.”
The Jamboree takes place every four years and sees Scouts from across the world come together.
The Reading Central group are planning a number of events to raise money for their fees.
Part of the fee paid by UK Scouts goes towards funding the cost for Scouts from less fortunate countries, allowing them to attend.
Donations can be made by cheque to Berkshire Scouts Jamboree Unit.
For more details or to make a donation, log on to www.berkshirescouts.org.uk/japan2015.php
The Jamboree Jazz concert will be held from 7pm on Saturday, September 27 at St Barnabas Church in Emmer Green.
Tickets cost £10, £8.50 for OAPs and £6 for under 16s.
To reserve tickets call Nic Drew on 07768 994914 or email him.