Six scouts from Boston discovered on Christmas morning they are to enjoy a Japanese adventure - living with a local family from Ishikawa Prefecture.
The boys and girls will join more than 3,000 young people and adult volunteers from across the UK for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer.
They have since been practising using chopsticks - even eating their Christmas Day dinners with them.
One of the most exciting elements of the trip is Home Hospitality where scouts will live with Japanese families for four days and immerse themselves in local life.
Byron Chatburn, UK contingent leader for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree said: “The World Scout Jamboree changes the lives of the young people and adults that attend.
“Home Hospitality is a unique opportunity to taste Japanese life and develop an understanding of a different culture and way of life.”
The town of Hakusan in Ishikawa is twinned with Boston. The connection began with school exchanges in 1994 and was formalised in 2002.
The six are now training and fundraising hard for the event - with regular training weekends to learn skills they will need and enjoy various activities in the country.