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World Scout Jamboree


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.

It takes place every four years in a different country. The first World Scout Jamboree took place in England in 1920 and since then 24 such events have been held.

When is the next Jamboree?

The 25th World Scout Jamboree will be held in Saemanguem, South Korea. The Korea Scout Association was founded in the year 1922 and is now the largest youth organization in South Korea. South Korea also hosted the 17th Jamboree in 1991.

The theme of the 25th World Scout Jamboree is “Draw Your Dream.” After the Jamboree is complete, a permanent Scout Centre will be created on the site.

When will information on the 2023 Jamboree be available?

There is general WSJ 2023 information on the UK Scout website HERE

A Jamboree unit consists of 4 leaders and 36 young people.

Selection for Surrey Unit Leaders runs in 2021 as follows:
  • Unit Leader Q+A webinar – Tuesday 8th June (a full application pack will be added here closer to the webinar)
  • Unit Leader application process open – June (deadline 30th June midday.  Applications received after this time will not be reviewed)
  • Scoring completed and references sought – July/August
  • Unit Leader selection event – September 18th and 19th (Please note not all applicants are guaranteed a place at the selection event but it is very important to save this date if you want to apply)
  • Interviews with a small panel will follow the week after the selection event.

Information regarding how participants apply will follow.  Selection is expected to take place early in 2022.

To register your interest and to receive email updates from the Surrey International Team please click HERE

If you have previous WSJ experience of any kind and would be interested in contributing to the Q&A webinar or selection process, please contact the Surrey International Team at

We have preserved the webpages relating to the 2019 Jamboree for your interest; however, please note that the precise details may be different to the 2023 Jamboree in Korea


Where was the last Jamboree?

The 24th World Scout Jamboree took place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a 10,000 acre campsite, in West Virginia from 22 July – 2 August 2019.

The event was hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Scouts of Mexico and was the largest event delivered by Scouting worldwide with 45,000 young people and adult volunteers attending from over 150 countries.

Further information about the Jamboree can be found at

Surrey Units at the 2019 Jamboree

100 Units of 36 Scouts and 4 Leaders attended the Jamboree from the UK with three of them from Surrey: Units 64, 65 and 66 otherwise known as Surrey Sequoia, Surrey Gryffins and Surrey Stingrays. The 12 Surrey Jamboree Unit Leaders are all regular volunteer leaders from Scout Groups across Surrey, and underwent a rigorous selection process before they were chosen to lead the Surrey Jamboree Units. The 108 Surrey participants have been selected out of hundreds of applications by each of the Districts across Surrey.

You can read more about their adventure on Facebook here:

Surrey Sequoia:

Surrey Gryffins:

Surrey Stingrays:


International Service Team

The UK Contingent also comprised of 750 members of the International Service Team (IST). The Jamboree IST is formed of adult volunteers from across the world, who are all there for one reason – to make the Jamboree a success! They fill vital roles in motivating and supporting young people, and providing services, program and facilities.

We are delighted that 31 Surrey Scouts made it through a rigorous selection process and attended the Jamboree as members of the International Service Team.

That means in total Surrey was represented by 108 young people, 12 unit leaders, 31 International Service Team, 1 Contingent Support Team, 1 Contingent Management Team and 1 Contingent Leader!

I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls