AN Alton girl has been selected to represent the UK as part of a team delivering the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia next summer.

Amy Nash, 23, is an assay scientist by profession who attended Perins School in Alresford and was a former Girl Guide but got in to Scouting four years ago.

For the past 18 months she has been an assistant leader with the Pafupi Explorer Scout unit in Basingstoke.

She will be joining 900 other volunteers across the UK to support 3,000 Scouts from the UK and 35,000 other young people from across the world on an adventure of a lifetime in the United States.

Held every four years, the World Scout Jamboree is an opportunity young people in Scouting only get once.

The jamboree brings together 45,000 Scouts from across the world to experience international cultures and celebrate the Scouting principle - to create a better world.

UK Scouting has selected an amazing team to help make this life-changing event possible. The team has been brought together from across the country and will make the event possible as well as picking up important skills for life. The team will help deliver all aspects of the event from delivering world leading activities, to awe inspiring staged events through to mass catering.

Amy said: “I’ve been skiing with the Scouts in Italy where I learnt a brand new skill and then developed it. The chance to go to West Virginia for the World Scout Jamboree and learn loads of new skills for life is fantastic. These events are supposed to have an extremely unique atmosphere and I really can’t wait to get into it.”

In congratulating Amy, and all the other UK volunteers who have been selected to support the jamboree, Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “While lots of people know that Scouting helps young people learn the skills they need for life they often don’t realise that adult volunteers learn just as much as our young members.

“The jamboree is a great example of this. Over the course of the jamboree our volunteers will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences, learn new skills, and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light.

“I wish Amy all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time next over the next few years.”

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico Scouting Associations, and will take place between July and August 2019. They aim to focus on the cultures of the ‘New World’.