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Volunteer set to represent Scouts in Korea

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Rob Murray is also Director For Scotland with the British Red Cross. 

A volunteer from Paisley is set to represent the Scouts in the adventure of a lifetime in Korea.

Local Scouts UK volunteer, Rob Murray, departed Glasgow to begin his journey to South Korea for the 25th World Scout Jamboree after a two-year preparation period supporting young people and volunteers across the UK.

The World Scout Jamboree, which is held every four years by a different nation, is this year being hosted by South Korea. 

The event will see 50,000 Scouts aged 14-17 years old, from 170 countries unite together. Rob has been part of a team leading the UK Contingent and took on the role as Deputy UK Contingent Leader in 2021.

Originally from Edinburgh Rob, moved to Paisley in 2019 and supported his local Scout Troop in Foxbar before taking on the role as District Commissioner for Paisley & District. 

Living in Ralston with his wife Jocelyn and their dog Winston, Rob is the proud Director For Scotland with the British Red Cross. The skills he has gained from the Red Cross will assist in supporting the World Scout Jamboree.

Through being a part of the Contingent Management Support Team, Rob will have the opportunity to not only pass on his skills to young people but also develop personally. 

Young people attending the Jamboree will gain a greater insight into global issues, whilst making lasting friendships with the support from adult volunteers from around the globe.

He said: “I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in making dreams come true. The volunteer and staff team have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a safe, fun and unique international adventure, we are all immensely grateful for their dedication and hard work.

“With just a matter of days left until the first of us fly the excitement in the air is growing. The anticipation is building, and soon, we will come together from all corners of the world to celebrate unity, friendship, and the spirit of Scouting.

“As we embark on this incredible adventure, let us embrace the diversity of cultures, forge new friendships, and learn from one another. The World Scout Jamboree is not just an event; it is a celebration of the values we hold dear, the skills we have honed, and the adventures that lie ahead.

“I am proud to be part of the team leading the UK Contingent to Korea. I look forward to showcasing Paisley and my Scottish heritage.”

Rob, was the former Unit Leader for the Scotland Unit to the last World Scout Jamboree in 2019 held North America and has been delighted to see young people from that unit (Lucy Reddy and Monica McFarlane) are now supporting young people across Scotland this time as Unit Leaders.

UK chief scout, Bear Grylls, said: “Congratulations to Rob and all the other adult volunteers who have been selected to support this adventure! World Scout Jamborees only happen every four years and tens of thousands of Scouts from across the world attend each one.

“Young people could not take part in these life changing events without the support of adult volunteers like Rob.

“Over the last couple of years adult volunteers have played an important part in holding our communities together. Now is their chance to have an adventure. I say #Goodforyou to all those volunteers who want to be part of this adventure.”