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Cultural Connections - Allison Reding

Allison Reding of Venturing Crew #87 had a unique opportunity in 2011 to participate in a cultural ex-change as part of the "SAJ-BSA Friendship Programme", a program that connects Scouts and leaders from Japan and the United States. Allison and thirty-one fellow Scouts immersed themselves in Japanese culture, staying with host families, participating in SAJ (Scout Assocation of Japan) events and touring the country.

As part of the program, the U.S. contingent met with participants from twenty-six countries at the International Youth Forum where they discussed topics in regard to different cultures and lifestyles within and outside of Scouting and prepared a presentation sharing "ideas for ways to improve Scouting internationally and how Scouting can benefit the world."

One of the Japanese Scouts told the BSA representatives that, although they are separated by many miles, they are all "brothers and sisters through Scouting."

In Allison’s report to the Northeast Illinois Council, she spoke about how much Scouting means to her: "One of the reasons I love Scouting so much is the unique, amazing people I meet and eye-opening opportunities like these. I encourage Scouts everywhere to take full advantage of all the BSA has to offer. Some of my best friends and most beloved memories happened through Scouting. Make the most of it."

Well said, Allison!

For more information about Scouting in Japan, visit the association’s web-site at http://www.scout.or.jp/e/ .