Sheffield girl guide prepares for trip to Japan

Grace McDonough is the only guide from Sheffield to have been selected to participate in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year
Grace McDonough is the only guide from Sheffield to have been selected to participate in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year

A girl guide is preparing for a very special assignment – to represent her home region in a 
gathering on the other side of the world.

Grace McDonough is the only guide from Sheffield to have been selected to participate in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year.

The two-week event, which is held every four years, includes 30,000 scouts from nearly 150 countries gathering in one place to run service projects with children from local communities.

Upon being selected for the trip, 14-year-old Grace said: “I didn’t think I would get a chance.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for me to go and discover new traditions and a new culture. I’m really looking forward to being part of it.”

The theme of the Jamboree is ‘The Spirit of Unity’ and, alongside their work with local communities, Grace and her colleagues will also visit Hiroshima city, the scene of the first atomic bomb explosion in 1945.

The scouts will be staying with Japanese host families and, as a thank you to her hosts, Grace plans to take gifts of some of Yorkshire’s finest products, including Yorkshire Tea.

Grace and her friends also plan to teach traditional campfire songs to the Japanese children they meet.

In order to fund her overseas adventure, Grace, who studies at Sheffield Music School, needs to raise £3,000.

To help her on her way the talented youngster, who plays several instruments, has organised a music concert at 3pm tomorrow at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses.

To buy tickets, at £5, email graceisgoingtojapan@gmail.com