Your questions answered.
Updated: 17 October 2021
The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) event, attended by tens of thousands of Scouts from around the world aged 14 to 17. It happens every 4 years, each time hosted by a different country. The first WSJ took place in 1920 in the UK, with the last two hosted in USA in 2019 and then Japan in 2015. The next WSJ will be hosted by The Korea South Association.
We have been working with Counties / Nations and British Scouting overseas to determine the size of the UK Contingent. On top of this we have been working alongside the WSJ organisers and the travel provider; this process is now complete and you can find out how we went about deciding the size of the c90 units here. We want to ensure that young people and adults who are part of The Scouts here in the UK can Think big. Dream wild. Act together.
The organisers have confirmed the WSJ will now take place from 1 - 12 August 2023. The UK Contingent will be offering a pre and/or post event experiences around those dates too.
We know there is a lot of terminology used within World Scout Jamboree's so hopefully this should help clarify. There is one Contingent that attends from the UK Scout Association and this is call the 'UK Contingent'. The UK Contingent, is made up of a number of 'units' from across the UK, these come from our counties, nations and British Scouting Overseas. Whilst a county or country might have a number of units attend they are not classed as a 'Contingent' (after-all we are one UK Contingent). A unit is made up of 4 adult volunteers and 36 young people. A patrol is a smaller group within the unit and this is normally 9 young people and 1 adult volunteer.
Travel, Insurance & Fees
We are aware of the school holiday dates across the whole of the UK and this is part of our planning for any pre or post event. We will working to ensure young people and volunteers are not missing the start of the new school year.
We are actively working with the organisers and travel providers to get to a budget which will enable us to start setting the cost for the World Scout Jamboree.
At this time we’re looking at a ’not more than’ fee but given we’re in the middle of a very challenging situation worldwide, we don’t expect this to be available until some point during Autumn 2021- we will communicate the fee to key contacts.
In the meantime we suggest that those with an interest start thinking of ways they can fundraise, access grants and do what they can to start building their own ‘Dream Fund’ and – even better still – how they’ll help others either locally or further afield.
We really don’t want money to be a barrier to anyone being able to participate.
The 25 World Scout Jamboree is planned for the summer of 2023, given this, we have the best possible chance of this event going ahead. The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) Organising Committee are working hard to ensure that the event will proceed as scheduled and are putting in place plans if certain restrictions still remain. The UK Contingent’s Leadership Team are working closely with the organisers around their plans.
As a UK Contingent we are looking at travel and insurance policies and once these are secured we will update participants and their supporting Counties / Nations / British Scouting Overseas
We will be sharing details of plans for the period before and or after the 25 World Scout Jamboree at a later date when we have researched the options, been able to consult more widely (especially with young people) and been able to cost the alternatives. Being hosted in hosts' homes overseas is no longer permitted under Scouting Policy Organisations Rules (POR).
The selection of young people will happen at a local level and we have asked this doesn't happen any earlier than September 2021. In reality this will be from August onwards. If you are interested in joining the World Scout Jamboree journey please contact your Scout / Explorer Leader who should speak to your County / Nation team.
Youth participants are aged between 14 and 17. You must have been born between 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009 to be eligible.
Adult Recruitment / Support
First of all well done! We have prepared a check list for you. There are a number of important steps you need to carry out including uploading to compass and letting us know who has been selected. You can read the process here.
We'll be looking for members of the International Service Team (IST) from early November 2021. These are the volunteers who provide support for the World Scout Jamboree doing everything from welcoming participants to the site to running activity bases. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information.
Unit leaders have an adult role to perform throughout the selection and preparation for the event - not just whilst we are in Korea. The leadership team need to work together to plan, run events, work with parents, leaders and other stakeholders as well as working on their own training and development needs. It would be very difficult for someone under 18 to be performing this role through the preparation for the event.
The Contingent Management Team (CMT) is a group of 17 volunteers and 2 members of the Events Staff who plan and organise the World Scout Jamboree journey for the UK Contingent. Everything from shaping the overall experience to buying the contingent kit.
No. At the last World Scout Jamboree leaders came from Belgium, Sweden and Malaysia.
Our Vision is to make this the most inclusive UK Contingent to attend a World Scout Jamboree and we have been publicising each of the roles widely to attract as broad a set of applicants as possible. We have shared this ambition too with our colleagues in the Counties / Nations / British Scouting Overseas who will recruit the unit leadership teams. The first step is to make sure you apply and then be ready to show your skills and enthusiasm to make the Unit journey the best.
Many people who have been to previous World Scout Jamborees' – whether adults or young people – happily talk about a "life changing experience". You will see new things, meet new people, be immersed in the true worldwide family of Scouts. One of our objectives is to ensure everyone who is part of the journey grows as a person and recognises that change – bringing back new skills and ideas to make a lasting impression on their local scouting and community.
We have provided tools for every County / Nation / BSO to ensure Unit Leader recruitment is shaped by young people.
Our friends in Girlguiding UK are being invited to form a number of patrols to be part of the UK Contingent. Details of the process for selecting the leaders for these patrols will be issued by Girlguiding HQ. It's best to speak to your local Girlguiding team.
No. Applications are welcome from everyone. You will need to show you have the skills and approach to work with older scout and explorer aged young people.
We are planning a range of ways to keep Unit Leaders up to date with information, enable access to training and advice and have the opportunity to share ideas, questions and best practices with others. Details will be sent to Unit Leaders and highlighted on the web site.
Read the role descriptions and think carefully about where your skills are and the amount of time you have to commit to the role. On event, you will find the roles become very similar and during the preparation it is for the team decide how best to work together and allocate the required tasks.
The unit leadership roles require two years of work to plan, prepare and deliver the 25 WSJ experience for young people. You need to think about where you will be involved in scouting and how where you can best contribute.
No. But before applying for this additional role, think about the time commitment and consider whether you are able to make this given your existing commitments within scouting and beyond.
Health & Wellbeing
In short, yes! The Scouts is an inclusive organisation. As such the UK Contingent has set itself the target of being the most diverse and inclusive contingent to date. We aim to work with young people and adults to ensure we are representative of the communities we come from. The best person to understand how you can contribute is you along with any professional person who supports your physical or mental health where appropriate.