A’burg service groups helping local scout make his way to 12th Canadian Scout Jamboree


By Joel Charron


Jared Chammat, 13, is one step closer to attending the 12th Canadian Scout Jamboree this summer in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.

Last Wednesday, the Rotary Club of Amherstburg helped Chammat attend the Jamboree by presenting him with a $250 cheque to put towards the cost of the trip.

“I am very grateful for your generosity,” the 13-year-old, third year scout said to the Rotarians at their Wednesday night meeting.

The cost of the trip is $1,500 per Scout and includes airfare, the pre and post Jamboree tours, food, accommodations and the Jamboree fee. Each Scout is responsible for paying their own way.

Chammat said along with the donation he has been working hard on fundraising such as car washes and collecting pop cans and glassware he and other third years Scouts can bring to the recycling plant and exchange for money.

Canadian Scout Jamborees are very rare, with only three occurring in the past 15 years. For eight days, all attendees will live out their dreams as they put their Scouting skills to the test and experience lots of new and

Jared Chammat (middle) and his Scout leader and father Hani Chammat accept a $250 cheque from Rotarians Shirley Bondy (far left) and  Kathy Meseck.

Jared Chammat (middle) and his Scout leader and father Hani Chammat accept a $250 cheque from Rotarians Shirley Bondy (far left) and
Kathy Meseck.

exciting activities and adventures.

The Jamboree strives to be a fantastic experience for young people and at the same time be an enjoyable experience for adults who attend to work and make things happen. The Jamboree organizers have developed activities that will be both physically and mentally stimulating and challenging.

Chammat said he’s looking forward to attending the Jamboree because he will be able to meet Scouts from all over Canada and form friendships that could last a lifetime.

“It will be cool to hear what their troops do where they’re from,” he said.

According to Chammat’s Scout Leader and father, Hani, plans are under way to provide some “excellent activities” at the event and also an opportunity for   Scouts to take in the sights of the greater Calgary area such as the Rocky Mountains and the Calgary Stampede.

“It will be very adventurous,” said Hani.

Hani noted that over 5,000 Scouts will be attending the 12th Canadian Scout Jamboree and stated the Jamboree is an event that “will be remembered for a lifetime” by the participants and is one of the greatest examples of Scouting’s ability to encourage and promote teamwork, participation, fun, understanding and new challenges.

Chammat has also received a $100 donation from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and a $200 donation from the Amherstburg Lions Club.

Anyone wishing to help Chammat with his journey to the 12th Canadian Scout Jamboree please call 519-736-5865.

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