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World Scout Jamboree - Information Session

What is a World Scout Jamboree?

The World Scout Jamboree is above all an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills.

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past world jamboree programs, such as the Global Development Village, the World Scout Centre, a special sustainability initiative, and the socialization elements that allow participants to make lifelong friends from around the world.

Unlike any other youth event, the World Scout Jamboree invites you to surround yourself in diverse global cultures by joining your new Scouting friends at a single destination for 12 unforgettable days. The jamboree experience extends beyond your home—and beyond the boundaries of our own country—to create a global adventure that will last a lifetime!


This 24th World Scout Jamboree is unique because it is a team effort by Scouts CanadaAsociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve:

Is a world class and sustainable Jamboree site and will host the 24th World Scout Jamboree. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is located in West Virginia, USA, and is comprised of more than 14,000 acres (5,667 ha) of beautiful forested mountains adjacent to more than 70,000 acres (28,328 ha) of national park in the scenic New River Gorge area of West Virginia.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is one of the most environmentally sustainable human habitats ever built for Scouts.

Jamboree Theme:

The theme, “Unlock a New World”, invites you to unlock new adventures, new cultures, and new friendships. The theme was originally designed by youth representatives from our three host countries, also known as the “Dream Team,” who were responsible for presenting the original bid for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Because the jamboree is being hosted in North America, it will be defined by the cultures found in the “New World” countries of Mexico, Canada, and the USA. This jamboree will provide a different view on the Scouting movement. Holding fast to the traditions of conservation and outdoorsmanship, a jamboree in the New World is a jamboree that embraces the growing trend of leadership development and global citizenship that our movement has cultivated.

Who Should Attend?

The 24th World Scout Jamboree is an official educational event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It is specifically designed for young people ages 14 to 17 years old from National Scout Organizations, which are members of WOSM.

To be eligible to be a youth participant at the 24th World Scout Jamboree, you must be born between 22 July 2001 and 21 July 2005. If you are older on the given date, you may be able to apply to become a member of the International Service Team or contingent team, or a unit leader. The exact age requirements have been approved by the World Scout Committee.

The Weather:

The month of July is characterized by warm weather, with daily high temperatures around 79 degrees F/ 26.1 degrees C and daily low temperatures around 62 degrees F/16.6 degrees C, and moderate to high humidity. The site typically experiences partly cloudy conditions during the month with the possibility of thunderstorms and rain showers.



Adventure, Friendship and Camp Life:

Explore the adventure - the Summit has 218 stations at The Rocks. That's made up of 101 climbing stations, 75 bouldering stations, 36 repelling stations, and 6 "leap of faith" stations. It has high ropes, zip wires, mountain biking, white water rafting and so much more on offer.

Develop friendships - Interact with Scouts and Scouters from over 200 countries and learn how we are all united under the Scout Oath, which joins us together as part of the world Scouting movement.

Experience Daily Life - Scouts will have an immersive North American experience while sharing cultural experiences from across the globe. 5 sub camps, plus IST sub camp which will tents, sleeping cots and toilet / shower facilities; dining – units will develop their own menu and shop at the base camp store for breakfast and dinner ingredients, basic lunches will be provided each day; shops on site – will provide jamboree souvenirs, Scouting gear, meals, snacks, drinks and more; health and safety – first aid sites staffed by medical professionals will be located throughout the site to look after basic injuries and illnesses. There will also be an on site hospital for more involved treatment. All participants will be required to provide a detailed medical history.

Other services – the WSJ site essentially becomes a small city during the event catering for 45,000 residents so other services available will include; bank, post, laundry, fire safety. It will have some mobile and wifi access also.

Cultural Experience Day:

The jamboree will come alive with the sight and sounds of the cultures of the world. Scouts will have the opportunity to share their culture with other Scouts through, music, dance, games, food and more.

Global Development Village:

At the Global Development Village, Scouts will have the opportunity to learn about global issues and how Scouting can help provide a solution. Many organizations will be on site from across the globe to showcase how Scouts can take what they learn at the jamboree and translate that into helping in their home country.

Daily Events and Ceremonies:

During the jamboree, Scouts will have the opportunity to witness and participate in many special activities. Start each morning with a flag raising ceremony, stop by to hear a talk from a special jamboree guest, catch the afternoon performance by a band, look up for an aircraft flyover, or sit down at night and tell stories by the campfire with new friends from another country. Each day at the jamboree will be unique and full of surprises.

Stadium Experience:

The opening and closing shows will take place in the AT&T Summit Stadium. These exciting and memorable shows will showcase the best of Scouting and provide an unforgettable experience for all.

Badge Trading:

Trading Scout patches, uniforms and memorabilia is an experience that is understood in all languages, and is a custom that goes back to the beginning of the Scouting movement. Scouts will have many opportunities to make new friends while trading patches during the jamboree.

Faiths and Beliefs:

The Faith and Beliefs zone is an area where Scouts can learn about the different religions of the world and their history and support of Scouting. Jamboree participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a religious service according to their own custom and traditions.

Sustainability Treehouse:

Scouts have a long history of being good stewards to the environment. The Sustainability Treehouse is a living education center for visitors to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, not only providing information, but also immersing visitors in the concept of sustainability. Between the local timber used to build the structure, the rainwater recovery system, and the wind and solar generated energy, the Sustainability Treehouse is not just a museum, it’s an adventure. Stream restoration, recycling and geothermal heat are just a few examples of the additional sustainability efforts practiced at the Summit.

Between the local timber used to build the structure, the rainwater recovery system and the wind- and solar-generated energy, the Sustainability Treehouse is not just a museum. Standing 126 feet (38.4 m) tall and featuring 4,000 square feet (371.6 square meters) of interactive exhibits, the Treehouse, along with the McAllister Family Sustainability Challenge Trail and other exhibits, will serve as the centerpiece of Scouting’s commitment to leave the world a better place. Sustainable practices will be evident everywhere you look, as they are at the core of the Summit Bechtel Reserves infrastructure, and sustainability will be a core part of the 24th World Scout Jamboree program.

HoHo Hosts

The UK is planning to take 100 Units totalling 4,000 Scouts and Leaders to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in 2019. This will be the largest ever contingent of UK Scouts to attend an international Scouting event overseas, and as with previous events they are hoping to make home hospitality a part of that experience. They are currently working on linking with Scout in the USA and Canada to give our Scouts an opportunity to stay with local Scouts and experience local life.

Merseyside Units:

Merseyside will have young people and leaders in 2 units attending the World Scout Jamboree – Unit 47 and Unit 49

Both Units will have Unit Leaders from Merseyside Scouts.

Unit 47 will have 3 additional leaders and all young people from across Merseyside Scouts

Unit 49 is a combined unit, that will have 2 leaders and 2 patrols from Merseyside, 1 leader and patrol from Cheshire, 1 leader and patrol from North West England guides

The fact that Merseyside has been able to secure additional places in a 2nd Units is fantastic as it means we are able to offer more places to young people for this amazing opportunity. However, everyone who is applying needs to be clear from the beginning, that only 3 out of 4 young people are guaranteed a place in Unit 47. The rest will be in Unit 49. Young people won’t be given an option as to which unit they will join and other than being with Scouts and Guides from across other parts of the North West, young people will have exactly the same opportunities and experiences at the Jamboree.

Unit 47 Itinerary (Unit 49 may vary)

•       September 2017 – Unit Leadership teams selected

•       Sept / October 2017 – Young people selection (Districts)

•       January 2018 – Unit Social Event

•       Spring 2018 – Unit Day Event

•       Spring 2018 – Unit Fundraising Event

•       Summer 2018 – Unit Weekend Camp

Expectations of participants:

All Unit members will be expected to attend all unit events (unless in exceptional circumstances), this ncludes all unit fundraising events whether or not this is deemed financially necessary by the individual). This is because all the events are designed to help build the bonds between unit members and make a cohesive, friendly and supportive relationship and atmosphere at the Jamboree.

Those who attend the fundraising events will get an equal share of the money raised at each event.

Unit members should also be willing to attend District events with the Unit and as part of their normal Scouting to help promote the unit and the Jamboree across the county and in in any media stream needed.

Financial Cost and Fundraising:

•       UK Contingent Fee is £3495;

•       Merseyside will add £105;

•       Total cost: £3600

•       Payment schedule to be issued end of September to ensure all participants know what is expected and when. First payment of £400 is due in November.

It is expected that the young people fundraise to pay their way to jamboree. There will be opportunities to fundraise with the Unit, potentially through bag packing at a supermarket or similar. However, young people will want to look at additional fundraising either alone or with the other young people from Liverpool North. This could be through sponsored events, quiz or social nights or many other options. There are often also grants that young people can apply for to subsidise the cost particularly if they have a low income background.

As the costs have only been released this week, the District have not yet had a chance to review what contribution to the overall cost they will be able to make. It is anticipated that if funds allow they make a percentage donation to reduce the cost of the event. Once the district have considered this and confirmed the amount, we will advise all applicants to confirm this before final selection to ensure everyone is fully aware of what will be needed.

Liverpool North Application Process:

The first stage of the process is for interested young people to complete an application form. We would encourage them to think about and draft their responses before completing the final version of the form to be sent to us. We aren’t interested in handwriting (as long as we can read it), we are looking for their answers to the questions. We encourage parents / leaders to help them think about their answers, but we do expect them to answer the questions themselves.

The next stage will be hold a selection event, which will give the young people an opportunity to work in teams and complete some challenges while being observed. And finally, they will be asked for an interview.

Depending on the overall amount of applications received, we may need to shortlist candidates at each stage, before we move to the next stage in the process. So not everyone applying may complete all stages of the process.

We will confirm the next steps in more detail, once we have passed the closing date for applications.

Thank you for your interest in World Scout Jamboree 2019 and we hope to receive an application from you shortly.

Barbara Hughes









Liverpool North District Scouts
Tawd Vale Scout Camp, Lowry Hill Lane, Lathom, Lancashire, L40 5UL
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