24th World Scout Jamboree
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The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be an adventure beyond anything you can imagine. It is to be hosted jointly between Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and the Scout Association of Mexico.The UK Contingent will be made up of participants, their Unit Leaders, International Service Team and a Contingent Management and Support Team (UK Contingent Team).Participants must be born between 22 July 2001 and 21 July 2005. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this rule.
The Jamboree will take place on 22nd July – 2nd August 2019 at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, USA.
GME and the UK Contingent Management Team will deliver a unique international adventure shaped by young people, where contingent members will develop personally and have a positive longer term impact on Scouting and beyond.
A World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a world Scouting event for young people aged between 14 and 18 and is a gathering of Scouts and Guides from all over the world for an exciting programme of global development, peace, cultural understanding, adventure, fun and friendship. The Scout Association has a long history of sending large number of Units (36 young people and four leaders, divided into four patrols) as part of a UK Contingent to attend Jamborees. In 2007, The Scout Association hosted the 21st World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park in Essex. In 2011, the UK Contingent to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden was the association’s largest ever overseas expedition. In 2015, the UK Contingent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan comprised over 3,500 youth and adult members. Each Contingent has enjoyed a varied and exciting experience. Greater Manchester East Scout County has been represented at a number of WSJs, most recently sending over 100 adults and young people to Sweden in 2011 and Japan in 2015. The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and the dates of the event are 22 July – 2 August 2019. The event is being hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Scouts of Mexico. This is the largest event delivered by Scouting worldwide and 45,000 young people and adult volunteers are expected to attend from over 150 countries.
The UK Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree will once again enjoy all the excitement and experiences that a World Scout Jamboree offers, and the Contingent Management and Support Team (CMT/CST) is planning to send a contingent the size of 10% of the total attendance at the Jamboree; the exact numbers are yet to be confirmed by the Jamboree Organisers. Greater Manchester East has an allocation of 2 units (4 Adult + 36 Young People = 1 unit). As for previous Jamborees, Units may be shared across other Counties, Areas or Regions and Units may also have Patrols formed of Girlguiding and British Scouting Overseas participants and Leaders. The exact format of the Jamboree experience is still to be developed, but each Unit will take part in the Jamboree experience itself, and participate in homestay with a family from one of three host nations. There may also be some form of UK Contingent led programme.
Craig Jones (Deputy Unit Leader)
Katherine Kennedy (Unit Leader)
Amanda Hampson (Assistant Leader)
Lea Moore (Assistant Leader)
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Graeme Stafford (Deputy Unit Leader)
Anne Wood (Assistant leader)
Hanah Lakin (Assistant leader)
John King (Unit Leader)
Details to follow.
July in West Virginia is typically warm and humid, with temperatures during the day in the 80°F and evening low temperatures around 62°F. Thunderstorms in the afternoon are common. Plan to bring rain wear, boots and gear appropriate for these conditions.
Participants will camp with their units in villages comprised of units from many countries. Next to your unit you might have a troop from South Korea, or Ireland, or Brazil, or Uganda. Your patrol will send a representative to the “grocery store” to pick up food for the day. Cooking in patrols, you will quickly make breakfast and clean up so that you can participate in one of the Summit’s many high adventure activities. While at the Canopy Tour or Sustainability Tree House, you meet new friends from many countries. Some days you will participate in special programs aimed at learning more about community service, global sustainability and peace. You will likely take your lunch with you on your day’s adventure. Dinner will be back at your unit campsite. Some nights you may ask a unit from another country to join you. They will make a meal that is traditional for their culture and you both learn something about each other. After dinner there is a campfire at your SubCamp, where you learn songs from five different countries. You meet a few Scouts there from Canada and they invite you over for tea and to play cards. On the way, you meet Scouts from Lebanon and Croatia trading patches. Finally, you return back to your camp for a quick night’s sleep.
The Summit has excellent cell and WiFi service. Basecamps, where you will be staying, have electrical outlets for charging your devices. Some participants bring solar chargers and extra batteries to assure they are powered up during the Jamboree.
For travel, evening shows and formal events, participants will wear their full Scout uniform. But for most of the time, we will be wearing a scout t-shirt, shorts or pants and a neckerchief. We’ll be very active during the day and the weather will likely be warm and humid, so dress accordingly. Participants will be issued a contingent neckerchief and a WSJ neckerchief. The WSJ necker indicates that you are an official participant. You will also be issued a security credential (name tag) that must be worn at all times. Scouts often give or trade neckers as a sign of friendship, so sometimes you will see participants with three or (many) more neckers around their neck.
Scouts take their neckerchiefs (or “neckers” or “scout scarves” as they’re called in other parts of the world) very seriously. In some countries, Scouts use three people to roll and tie their neckers just right. You will notice that many Scouts don’t use neckerchief woggles. Instead, they tie a special knot called the Friendship Knot at the end. This knot signifies the special bond of friendship Scouts have around the world and is a convenient way to keep your scout scarf together.
There are three teams who are coordinating to make sure you have the best Jamboree experience possible. The Host Team is led by members from Scouts Canada, the Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America. They are responsible for planning the program and operations of the Jamboree itself. The UK Contingent Management Team (CMT) is responsible for organizing and supporting those members of the UK Contingent who will be attending the Jamboree as participants, leaders, and IST. Every country attending the World Jamboree will have their own Contingent Management Team. Lastly, the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve is working with the Host Team to make sure they use the Jamboree site as effectively as possible.