Programme and Adventure > International > World Scout Jamboree
A World Scout Jamboree 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.
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 Team (CMT) have been allocated 100 Units, Merseyside have been allocated 5 Patrols, that is 1 Unit plus 1 Patrol in a shared Unit with other Counties, and will also have a Patrol from Girlguiding NW England.
The exact format of the Jamboree experience is still to be developed, but each Unit will take part in the Jamboree experience, and participate in homestay with a family from one of three host nations. There may also be some form of UK Contingent led programme; whilst the location is to be determined, it is anticipated that this will be over several days and will give Units the opportunity to create, shape and develop their own activities, in addition to any centrally led activities.
What do we know about the Jamboree so far?
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia which is a 10,000-acre campsite and the dates of the Jamboree are 22 July – 2 August 2019.
For the first time, a World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by three National Scout Organizations and the three distinct cultures will join together to host Scouts from across the works in a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace and friendship.
Further information about the Jamboree can be found at http://2019wsj.org/.
What to expect during the event
The month of July in West Virginia is usually hot and humid, with daily high temperatures of around 26°C.
Some rain, particularly thunder storms are likely during the summer months in West Virginia.
Humidity is likely to be high during the Jamboree, and this will make the ‘real feel’ temperature seem much hotter than the forecasted 26°C.
Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is in an area of natural beauty which offers a huge range of adventurous activities. The site is hilly, spread over a large area with access provided by gravel pathways.
Take a look at the physical appearance of the site on Summit Bechtel’s Flickr page here.
Below are some highlights of what the Summit Bechtel Reserve has to offer:
- Longest combined zip lines in the world (5.45 miles/8.7 kilometers)
- Longest canopy course in the country (9.55 miles/15.3 kilometers)
- Largest man-made outdoor climbing facility in the country (218 stations)
- Top purpose-built mountain biking facility in the country
- Second-largest outdoor skate park in the country (4.6 acres/ 1.7 hectares)
- Second-largest BMX facility in the country (13.7 acres/ 5.3 hectares)
- Third-largest archery range in the country (116 stations)
- Largest natural outdoor arena in West Virginia (80,000 capacity)
- Access to one of the top-rated rafting, kayaking, and fishing rivers in the country
- Access to some of the most popular climbing areas in the country.
Local fundraising efforts for Jamboree participants are encouraged to focus on supporting young people to attend, however, financial status should not be a barrier to supporting the Jamboree. Further information about covering the cost of the Jamboree (including any grants available) will be issued once available.