A teenager from Madrid accepted as one of those to represent Spain at the World Scout Jamboree 2023 is looking to raise EUR 4,000 so that not only she can travel to the event in South Korea – but also help fund others from disadvantaged countries.
The 15-year-old Gabriela Clayton, who hails from the Spanish capital Madrid and has been part of 1st Madrid British Scouts since she was 8, had applied for WSJ (World Scout Jamboree) which will take place at the Saemangeum estuary in South Korea in the summer of 2023.
Gabriela has been chosen as one of 40,000 young people from all over the world, and only a dozen from Spain, to represent her troop.
WSJ represents an event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, aiming to promote peace and understanding.
It gathers 40,000 people aged between 14 and 17, from all around the world, and takes place every four years in a different country.
The first World Scout Jamboree took place in England in 1920 while the last was held in West Virginia, in the USA, in 2019.
Now, Gabriela wishes to participate in the 25th World Scout Jamboree whose theme is “Draw your Dream”, where “the world can accept young people’s ideas and opinions, and create an opportunity for them to make their Jamboree dreams come true”.
Gabriela said in the fundraiser: “I hope to represent my Scout group in Korea for all young people and so looking forward to this opportunity. I’m so excited to go, I can’t wait to visit Korea, and learn about the culture.
“I’m convinced that this is going to be a memorable experience that I’ll never forget!”
Gabriela added that since she lives in a developed country, she will pay more so that other scouts in less developed countries are subsidised and can also afford to go.
She said she is grateful to everyone who wants to support her project, and as a sign of gratitude, is preparing cookies and cakes for her local supporters.