Barry scout group set for trip to Saudi Arabia
2:03pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A BARRY scout group are set to embark on a five-day trip to Saudi Arabia.
Five Explorer Scouts from Smugglers Explorer Scout Unit are travelling to Al Baha in Saudi Arabia later this month as guests of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association. The five-day visit coincides with the Saudi National Day celebrations and will include cultural as well as Scouting activities.
At a special ceremony held at 1st Barry Sea Scout Headquarters last Wednesday, September 4, AM Jane Hutt presented the Explorer Scouts with small gifts including a Welsh flag and a history of the Sennedd to pass on to their Saudi hosts from the First Minister and herself. She expressed great interest in this very special trip and congratulated them on forging such a link. Cllr Howard Hamilton, deputy Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, expressed his support and interest in the visit and also presented a gift for their Saudi hosts. The Mayor of Barry, Cllr Claire Curtis, added her best wishes for a successful trip and presented a Barry Town Plaque on behalf of the Town Council.
Mohammad Asghar AM, Shadow Minister for Equality and Sport, gave advice on what the Explorer Scouts can expect in Saudi Arabia and Anthony Packer, who was instrumental in setting up the trip, gave an interesting talk on his long standing contact with the Saudi Scout Association.
Tim Cox, Explorer Scout Leader, thanked everyone for their support and interest and the Explorer Scouts look forward to reporting back on this unique experience.