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World Scout Jamboree 2019

Evan rafting.

Evan aims to realise his dream at the World Scouting Jamboree in America. From the Valleys to Virginia!

15-year-old Evan Rickards from Gelli, Rhondda is gearing up for a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the Scouting movement at the World Jamboree in Western Virginia in the United States of America in July 2019.Nominated by the Scouting movement, Evan has shown his commitment and has been involved in scouting since he was 6 years of age, when he became a Beaver at Ystradyfodwg. He has since moved through the ranks becoming a cub, a scout and is now an Explorer Scout at the 1st Pontygwaith Scout Group in the Rhondda Fach. Evans biggest challenge is to raise the £3500 to attend the World Jamboree which will pay for flights, accommodation, activities etc. and is looking for sponsorship to make his dream come true.

Evan climbing.

Evan commented “I have already raised the deposit of £400 through spending long hours creating crafts for a Christmas fete at St. Peter’s Church, support from my local school and the scouts, and I am planning other events and activities to raise the money needed including fetes, bingo sessions and I am also looking for a summer job. I am really determined to get to America and I will be proud and excited to be representing the 1st Pontygwaith Scouts and Mid Glamorgan and am looking for any support to help me achieve a dream of a lifetime.”

Evan on top of a stack of crates.

Evan has been involved in a range of activities through the scouting movement taking part in different challenges, learning new skills such as shooting and archery but also leadership skills. Evan also volunteers outside of the Scouts at his local church in Pentre and also plays rugby for Treorchy Zebras and is also undertaking his GCSE’s at St. John the Baptist Church in Wales school, having already passed 2 GCSE’s a year early.

Evan canoeing.

The 1st Pontygwaith Scouts are also supporting Evan on his adventure which is over 3500 miles away. John Webber – Scout Leader commented “Evan is committed in developing himself and others through the scouting movement and as Scouts, we already know that Scouting develops individuals who are active, resilient and extraordinarily equipped with skills for life. Evan epitomises these skills and qualities and we will do everything possible to support him on his journey. We have set up a fundraising page to support Evan, which can be found at and any donation, however small, will be much appreciated and get him a step closer to realising his dream.”

Evan has the full support of family and friends and if you think you can support Evan on his adventure you can contact Theresa on 07968301261 or email or Scout Leader John Webber at