A young scout competed against his best friend to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan.
Jamie Sleep, 16, from Steeple Claydon, was put forward by his Grendon & Edgcott Scout Group, along with his good friend Edward Field.
But it was Jamie who was chosen as one of three from dozens of scouts to represent the association at the 23rd Jamboree in Kirarahama in summer 2015.
He said: “When I came out of the interview, I said to my dad I think I’m going to Japan.
“We got the letters and Edward said when he saw it was me who was going, he thought he didn’t want to speak to me at first!
“But we said this might happen and that we would support each other, and he has.
“I have to pinch myself that I am actually going though and I’ve never been more excited or nervous for anything in my life.”
Jamie’s mother Karen Sleep, 44, said: “I’m chuffed to bits for him. I think it will be a fantastic opportunity.”
Jamie must raise £800 for the trip, with the remaining £1,600 covered equally by The Scout Association and the Grendon & Edgcott group.
To generate funds, Jamie’s school – Buckingham Sports College – has agreed for him to sell doughnuts to his fellow students.
Jamie’s scout leader Alan Roberts said he is one of only four scouts from his group to have been selected in almost 40 years.
Mr Roberts said: “He’s a young leader, he helps out with the cub pack and having been involved since he was six, he has quite a lot of knowledge.
“I was quite happy that he was selected.”