Cycling for Scouting


Ketchell News

Hampshire Scouts’ Ambassador and adventurer, James Ketchell, has set off on an epic global cycle journey to raise awareness about Scouting.

Heading first to France, the journey will see him travel through over 20 countries as he covers more than 18,000 miles. When completed, James will be the first man to have rowed the Atlantic, climbed Everest and cycled around the world.

Making Scouts proud

Packing the journey’s essentials into his saddlebag (including a tent, sleeping bag and change of clothes), James, from Basingstoke, set out on 30 June from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. Family, friends and enthusiastic Scouts waved him off on his five-month journey.

‘This is one of the biggest things I’ve ever done,’ says James. ‘I can’t wait to meet all the different people, see different cultures and make the Scouts proud to have me as their ambassador.’

Supporting families

During the cycle, James will meet up with international Scouting Groups as part of his mission to raise the profile of Scouting. He’ll also be sharing his adventures via an online blog and social media; in fact, he’s aiming to achieve the world’s longest ever tweeted journey.

James is also raising funds for Hampshire-based charity ELIFAR, which supports families with disabled children.

For more information on recruiting local Scouting Ambassadors, contact the Ambassadors Team.

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