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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.

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

A Jamboree unit consists of 4 unit leaders and 36 young people and the camp activities are run by an 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, programme and facilities.

To read more about Surrey Unit Leader selection, Surrey participant selection and IST selection please go to the relevant sub-sections.

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 International@surrey-scouts.org.uk

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 2019wsj.org

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: www.facebook.com/jambounit64/

Surrey Gryffins: www.facebook.com/jambounit65/

Surrey Stingrays: www.facebook.com/jambounit66/

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!

 


World Scout Jamboree - FAQs

When is the Jamboree/how long will I be away for?

The dates of the Jamboree itself are 1st – 19th August 2023. However, you should also allow several days for a pre/post Jamboree experience. Overall, you are likely to be away for around 2.5 weeks.

Where is the 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.

What is a Jamboree campsite like?

A Jamboree is the size of a small town, once everyone arrives there will be tents as far as the eye can see!  It can often take as long as one hour to walk from one side of the site to another, particularly if you keep stopping to say hello to Scouts from all over the world! Your unit will be allocated a small area to camp in, this is where you will sleep, cook and relax for the 12 days.

What will a typical day be like at the Jamboree?

You will normally go to activities as a whole Unit, or sometimes in your Patrol of 9 Scouts and 1 Leader. There are a huge variety of amazing activities in a typical Jamboree programme, too many to list here!

In the evening, after the duty Patrol has cooked dinner (maybe with some visiting Scouts from another country), there is still lots to do on site. You might choose to go badge swapping, trying to find the rarest badges out there. Or, you might join in some of the evening entertainment, watching a traditional performance from another country or even getting up on stage yourself!

What are the ceremonies?

It wouldn’t be a Jamboree without the Opening and Closing Ceremonies! It is quite incredible to have Scouts from all over the world sat together in one field.  The atmosphere is electric and it is likely to be a very special part of your Jamboree experience.

What is the pre and post Jamboree programme?

The UK Contingent typically organises a 2-3 day experience for UK Scouts just before or after the Jamboree. We don’t have any details yet for this for 2023, but as an example, the UK Contingent to the Japan 2015 Jamboree spent 3 days exploring the sights of Tokyo and in USA 2019, units went to New York and Washington DC.

What is HoHo?

There is a long history of Scouts enjoying HoHo (Home or Hosted Hospitality) before or after a Jamboree.

Ho Ho has changed in recent years and the Contingent Team will be working on ways for you to connect to local Koreans as part of your per/post event experience.

Can I combine it with another holiday?

No. Imagine taking nearly 4,000 young people abroad, individualising pick-ups/meet-ups is just not possible. IST members are able to add their own trip, just select a payment option that includes booking your own flight.

How many Scouts from my District and Surrey will be going?

You will be allocated to one of 2 Jamboree Units from Surrey. Each Unit consists of 36 Scouts and 4 Leaders from Surrey.

Each District is allocated a certain number of places, this varies depending on how many eligible Scouts/Explorers are in each District. We normally try to make sure at least one other person from your District is in the same Unit as you.

Who are my Jamboree Unit Leaders?

These are leaders from across Surrey, who in addition to their usual Scouting role have successfully applied to become one of Surrey’s Jamboree Unit Leaders.  They will be with you every step of the way, from organising the preparation camps to the Jamboree itself.

How many preparation camps will there be?

Typically, you will need to attend weekend preparation camps every 2 months or so in the lead up to the Jamboree. Your Unit leaders will normally try to rotate around different campsites in Surrey so the same people don’t always have to travel the furthest.

You are expected to attend every camp unless it is unavoidable.  They are really important to ensure that every member of your Unit can work as part of a team to make sure you get the most out of the Jamboree experience.  The camps are also really fun!

We know from experience, that Unit members who don’t make it to all the activities don’t get the most out of the Jamboree. You should think about this before applying, as it will be expected that Jamboree activities will take preference over pretty much anything else you might have planned.

I play football/work every Saturday morning, what about the preparation camps?

Generally, you are expected to attend every camp unless it is unavoidable. We would hope that your football team wouldn’t miss you too much for one game every couple of months. If it is really important, or you can’t get time off work, then you should discuss with your Unit leaders whether it is okay to miss part of a particular camp.

How much will the preparation camps cost?

There will be a cost for food, materials and any activities at the preparation camps, just like typical Scout camps. These won’t be included in the Jamboree fee. Your Jamboree Unit Leaders will do their best to minimise these costs and might expect you to participate in fundraising activities for the unit, to subsidise these weekends or buy Unit equipment and clothing.

What will my District expect from me?

As a member of a Surrey Unit, you will be expected to attend certain events to represent the Jamboree. Particularly, after the Jamboree an important part of your role will be to spread the message about International Scouting, by getting out and talking about your experience to younger Scouts across the District.

Who can apply to go as a participant?

To apply to be a participant you must be born between 22nd July 2005 – 31st July 2009.

What happens if I was born outside of these dates?

If you were born after these dates you will be eligible for the next Jamboree. If you were born before these dates then you should look at other international activities, such as Roverway, or the International Service Team for the Jamboree.

When is the application deadline?

Please look at the relevant sub section to find application details.

What is the application process?

We have reviewed our participant selection process and we have decided to select participants via a district based random ballot. A lot of thought and feedback has gone into this new process, we think you will agree this will be fairer for every qualifying Scout in Surrey.

To fully understand this process and the reasons behind the change please click HERE

Go to the youth participants sub section to find the link to register to hear about the application meetings.

I haven’t been a Scout for long, can I still apply?

Yes. The Jamboree isn’t a reward for being a Scout since the age of 6 or having all of the badges.

I’ve never been abroad before, can I still go?

Yes. Your Unit Leaders will be there to support you all the way!

Does it matter that I don’t know anyone else applying to go?

We know from all of the past World Scout Jamborees that you will form lifelong friends with the other Scouts from Surrey in your Jamboree unit, so you shouldn’t worry if you don’t know anyone else. Your Unit leaders will spend lots of time on getting-to-know-you and team-building activities to help everyone become firm friends.

I don’t think I can afford the Jamboree fee?

The UK Contingent fee is usually between £3-£4,000.  This is a lot of money but, as with all Scouting activities, we don’t want people to be put off applying to attend the Jamboree on financial grounds:

  • Your Group and District may be able to offer financial support or help you with fundraising activities.
  • Past participants have found it possible to fundraise in the lead up to the Jamboree through things like bag packing, themed evenings and sponsored events can also be lucrative.
  • Other bursaries and financial support may be available.
  • The fee will be paid in instalments across around 1.5 years.
  • If you have concerns, in the first instance you should contact your District to discuss the fee, in confidence. Please do not let it put you off applying.

I have a disability / special needs, can I still go?

The Scouting ethos is that Scouting is open to all, and the Jamboree is a good example of this.  We will need to know, and may need to carry out a risk assessment and put in place a care plan. This process may identify additional requirements that we need to put in place but if you are selected, we will do everything we can to make the Jamboree happen for you.

There are a lot of questions on the application form and I don’t like writing?

The application form is to help you decide whether a Jamboree is for you (there are lots of other adventures). You can get help with your form, but you should do your best to think about your answers carefully, but it won’t matter if your spelling and grammar are not the best!

Who can I ask another question to?

There are lots of people who will be able to help you:

  • Your Scout/Explorer leader
  • Your District
  • Previous Jamboree participants

After those, if you still have a question you haven’t been able to answer, please contact us (County International Team) at:

international@surrey-scouts.org.uk

World Scout Jamboree - Unit Leaders

Unit Leaders

Are you bursting with energy and ideas? Are you most at home with young people, helping bring out the best in them?

We are looking for a group of enthusiastic, dedicated adults to support Scouts from Surrey on an adventure of a lifetime to the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Korea.

Sound like you? Read on for more details

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. Check out this 60-second guide produced by previous Surrey attendees.

Who do we need?

We need several Leaders who should have experience or a clear understanding of the age group concerned, but age or time in Scouting should not be a barrier to your application. Applicants should be enthusiastic and committed to delivering an amazing experience before, during and after the Jamboree and be aware that this requires a significant time commitment.

How do I find out more and apply?

The full information pack is available here:

Surrey Unit Leader Application Pack Korea 

and application form is available here:

Surrey Unit Leader Application_Form.

Selection for Surrey Unit Leaders runs in 2021 as follows:
  • Unit Leader Q+A webinar – Tuesday 8th June (to hear a recording of the webinar click here)
  • Unit Leader application process open – Thursday 1st July
  • Unit Leader application process closed – Sunday 1st August (deadline 1st August, midday, applications received after this time will not be reviewed.)
  • Scoring completed and references sought – July/August
  • Unit Leader selection event – 18thand 19th September (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.

If you are uncertain about applying, or have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch with us (County International Team) at international@surrey-scouts.org.uk

Please note, the Unit Leader application process will close on Sunday 1st August MIDDAY.  Applications received after this time will not be reviewed.

World Scout Jamboree - Youth Participants

Youth Participants

A World Scout Jamboree is an adventure beyond anything you can imagine. At a World Scout Jamboree, Scouts from almost every country in the world camp together for fun and friendship. Jamborees take place every four years in a different country, the 25th World Scout Jamboree will take place in Korea in the summer of 2023.

Check out this 60-second guide produced by Surrey attendees to the Jamboree in Japan

The next World Scout Jamboree takes place in August 2023 in Korea. Scouts aged 14-18 at the time of the event will be eligible to attend (qualifying dates of birth are 22nd July 2005 – 31st July 2009) and, as in previous years, Surrey Scouts will need to run a process to select young people to attend as a member of the County Units. We have reviewed our participant selection process and we have decided to select participants via a district based random ballot. A lot of thought and feedback has gone into this new process, we think you will agree this will be fairer for every qualifying Scout in Surrey.

To fully understand this process and the reasons behind the change please click HERE.

Not sure, want to hear more? Or, ready to apply?

In January 2022 the Surrey International Team will host a number of meetings to tell you about this World Scout Jamboree.  We will also make sure you hear all about other international trips that are available. Rather than attend a selection weekend, you must join one of these meetings in order to apply for a spot in the random ballot. To receive an email with the dates and times of these meetings, register your interest below and we will email you when the dates are agreed.

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

If you are uncertain about applying, or have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch with us (County International Team) at international@surrey-scouts.org.uk

World Scout Jamboree - International Service Team

International Service Team

Do you want to work in a team with people from all over the world?  Would you like your ‘office’ to be a campsite like no other?

Could you use your skills to ensure that tens of thousands of young people have an experience they will never forget?

Does the idea of two weeks of fun sound like how you want to spend summer 2023?

If so, the International Service Team to the 25th World Scout Jamboree is the opportunity for you!

More about IST

The IST will be comprised of volunteers from across the world , who are all there for one reason – to make the Jamboree a success! They will fill vital roles in motivating and supporting young people, and providing services, program and facilities. The IST make the Jamboree happen and they have a lot of fun doing it.

Being part of the IST is an immensely rewarding and valuable experience with the opportunity to develop new skills, make new friends, see new parts of the world and be part of the development of young people.

What do IST Members do?

IST members will have the opportunity to express role preferences from an IST jobs catalogue for what job they would like to do at the Jamboree.

Whatever IST job you are assigned there will be hard work, some long hours and even working overnight, but the rewards – the smiles and high fives from young people, the thanks and gratitude of Unit Leaders and the pride in doing a job well done – will make it all worthwhile.

More information on the role of the IST can be found HERE, once shared by the Korean Scout Association.

Am I right for the IST?

As long as you are flexible, willing to lend a hand and have a positive outlook you are the best possible person to apply to be part of the IST.
You need to be committed to ensuring young people leave the Jamboree with a wider view of the world and a renewed commitment to Scouting and Guiding.

UK Contingent IST

We hope that whoever applies to be part of the UK Contingent IST will want to support our shared vision – the development of young people and adults within the Contingent.
The role of the IST will not be limited to just two weeks abroad – the Contingent will support IST and offer them the opportunity to engage locally with Units before, during and after the Jamboree.
The Contingent want to help you progress your own skills and development, to help you and your local Scouting.

If you register on the link below we will email you once IST applications open

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

If you are uncertain about applying, or have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch with us (County International Team) at international@surrey-scouts.org.uk


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