Asia-Pacific Scout Region
NEWS FROM HERTFORDSHIRE
HERTFORDSHIRE HAVE THREE PROJECTS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR HELP WITH.
Brich Gunj, near Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island Territory, Bay of Bengal
A site has been identified by the Education Department for a Scout & Guide adventure and refuge centre not far from the capital Port Blair. A team needs to visit Port Blair and kick start the project. Opportunities to visit the city of Kolkata en route, experience tropical rain forests and the best scuba diving in South East Asia.
The first is on the island of Rodrigues, an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius. There are 19 Scout Groups on this tropical island in the Indian Ocean, equipped with a rundown central hostel with bunk beds, known as Paul Cathan House.
There is also an interesting project involving the production of honey by families with special needs.
Opportunities to dive on the unique coral reef and take a few days stopover on the island of Mauritius are possible.
This is the rondavel that Hertfordshire Scouts started and the Lesotho Scouts completed. It is located on the lower slopes of the Lesotho highlands and stands on the national training ground along with a potential chicken farm and fresh water well.
There is much to be done in the area but time can be taken off to go pony-trekking in the Highlands and visit an African safari park to see the Big Five and many more. All three locations lend themselves to the possibility of gaining Explorer Belts and achieving elements of the Queen’s Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
For more information on these projects and Hertfordshire and other International news visit http://www.hertfordshirescouts.org.uk/international/international-matters/