High Peak scout has dibs on overseas trip of a lifetime

Damon Coe has been picked to got to the Netherlands for an international scouting event
Damon Coe has been picked to got to the Netherlands for an international scouting event

A Chapel-en-le-Frith teenager has been given the opportunity to represent his country at an international scouting event.

Damon Coe, 17, is one of just 300 scouts to be selected to take part in Roverway in the Netherlands in July, where he will embark on nine days of adventure, fun and learning.

He said: “I can’t wait to explore new scouting cultures from across Europe. I’m 17-years-old and this will be my last scouting experience as a young person.

“I’m hoping to learn lots of new skills that will help me in my career.”

Around 3,000 scouts from all over Europe will take part in Roverway, soaking up Amsterdam’s city culture and enjoying a visit to the Hague for a beach-side opening ceremony.

The scouts will then be split up into small multinational teams to undertake a journey around the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg undertaking various challenges.

During his trip Damon will be asked to camp in a unique location, undertake community work in support of the people in the towns and villages through which they are travelling and ride a classic Dutch tandem bike.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “I’d just like to say a massive good luck to our brilliant UK contingent. They are heading off on the trip of a lifetime.

“The diversity of people they will meet will remind us all about what the world has to offer: they will experience new cultures and make many new friends and become more tolerant.”