So what is a 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) 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.
Until such time as we have received confirmation from the Jamboree Organisers as to total size of the UK Contingent (including number of IST), we cannot allocate number of Units (or Patrols) to Counties, Areas or Regions. Allocations of Units/Patrols will be made in line with the 2016 census figures and this information, along with an ‘expected maximum fee’ for participants and leaders, will be issued to Counties, Areas and Regions in Spring 2017.
Each County, Area or Region will be asked to confirm if they wish to take up this allocation (via an acceptance form) and then final numbers will be published. This process is unlikely to be completed until April/May 2017 and it is only at this point when final formation of Units will be known and how many Units Leaders need to be recruited.
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, 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 com[site 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.
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.
The roles we are currently recruiting are those of Unit Leader, Deputy Unit Leader and Assistant Unit Leader. Once selected the leadership team will take on various roles.
One Assistant Unit Leader will be requested to take on the following particular responsibilities within the Unit:
Communications Lead (“Communications Champion”): The Unit’s communication champion will be responsible for sharing the magic of the Jamboree experience (from selection to returning home) with Scouting and Guiding within the Unit’s County/Area/Region. They will act as a focal point for Unit communications, working with County Media Development manager to develop and inform local media plants to ensure on-brand local coverage in local radio and newspapers. They will also be responsible for managing the Unit’s online presence (Unit website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and developing young people in sharing their Jamboree stories via social media. The role will be supported by the UK Contingent Communications Team.
Other particular roles that an Assistant Unit Leader may be asked to take on may include:
- Administration Lead – Will take on the role of efficient handling of all the personal data for their Unit, ensuring the timely updating of the relevant systems operated by the UK Contingent Team.
- Youth Engagement Lead – We are striving to make this Jamboree truly Youth Shaped and this would be a role helping to make sure young people in the Unit have a say in the decision making and ensuring that the Unit is run by the young people in partnership with adult, involving the participants in all levels of decision making (visual identity, badge design, merchandise, training content weekend etc.)
- Personal Development Lead – liaising with the UK Contingent Team to deliver a programme of development for the Unit.