Scouts from across the county are currently on a two week tour of South Eastern Europe.
Following their arrival in Athens, visiting Olympia, Sparta and Thessaloniki, they have visited Skopje and Bela Palanka, Serbia on their way to Belgrade and then Székesfehérvár in Hungary which is twinned with Chorley, the home town of some of the participants.
As well as seeing the sights and learning about the history of each area, they have met local Scouts to form new friendships and take part in some very different Scouting activities to those they are used to in the UK.
In Hungary, they will be helping local Scouts run the town Youth Cycling day.
Becca Lowe from Lancaster said: “I have really enjoyed meeting everyone I didn’t already know and making good lifelong friendships”
West Lancs Scouts have a strong history of providing International Opportunities for all its members ranging from the lighter sightseeing and informational visits through Community Projects helping people worse off than ourselves to more adventurous expeditions.
Currently, West Lancs have Scouts in Canada at the world Scout Moot for 18-25 year olds, a team of 16-20 year olds in Uganda installing a well to provide clean, safe local water, a Sea Kayaking Wilderness Adventure and a Mountaineering expedition in the Otztal Alps.
Pamela Tompsett from Ormskirk said “It has been fantastic to see all the group interacting with local scouts in each country we visit.
“They are really embracing the similarities and differences in each other’s cultures.”
For more information about Scouting in Lancashire, visit www.westlancsscouts.org.uk.