Charnwood College students prepare for trip to USA

Two students from Loughborough’s Charnwood College, part of the David Ross Education Trust, have been selected to represent the country at a national scouting event in the USA.


Billy Storr and Colin Foord, who have secured their places as part of the UK Contingent team, will travel to West Virginia for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in July 2019.


The event, hosted jointly between Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and the Scout Association of Mexico, will bring together Scouts from around the globe to experience new adventures, cultures and friendships.


As part of the 12-day event, Billy and Colin will have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors whilst learning about the importance of teamwork. The two students will tour the exotic forest canopy of West Virginia, climb the world’s largest man-made outdoor climbing wall, and explore the aquatic activities including kayaking, dragon boating, water rescue and a water obstacle course.


Year 12 student Billy, who is an avid free climber and is currently ranked third in the Midlands, is also an active part of the school community. Committed to academic excellence, Billy is a member of the Senior Maths Challenge Team and has previously travelled to the Caribbean to take part in an incredible ecological volunteer project, as part of the David Ross Education Trust’s pioneering enrichment programe.  


He commented: “I cannot wait! It will be an adventure beyond anything I could ever imagine.”


Year 9 student Colin Foord has shown exceptional sporting talent during his time at Charnwood College. As well as representing the academy in cross country and rugby, the aspiring athlete has taken part in Trust-wide sports tournaments in the presence of Team GB sporting heroes such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Colin Jackson CBE and Crista Cullen MBE. Experiences that have all helped to build his confidence and skills ahead of the trip to the USA.


Dan Neal, Principal at Charnwood College, said: “We are incredibly proud of Billy and Colin, as they have been through two tough selection processes in order to secure their place on the Scout trip.


“At Charnwood College, we are committed to developing a community spirit and actively working with local, national and international partners. Both students are role models for their fellow students and they have fully embraced the once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences that we offer as part of the David Ross Education Trust.


“This trip will be an incredible opportunity for both students to gain new skills, build their confidence and interact with other communities, which will be filtered back into our school and will help to inspire their peers.”


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Charnwood College has a firm belief in creating outstanding citizens. In order to deliver an array of outstanding learning experiences, the Trust works with world-renowned organisations to further enrich the lives of students. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities encourage students to work together and participate in challenging activities to build their teamwork skills, character and resilience.