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World Jamboree

A Whole New World - World Jamboree 2019

The Summit Bechtel Reserve
July 22 - August 2, 2019

The focus at a World Jamboree is more on meeting people from different cultures and countries than doing high-adventure activities. While, you will have plenty of opportunities to zip-line, ride mountain bikes, and take advantage of the adventure programs at the Summit, you will also have many opportunities to meet new friends and learn what Scouting and life are like in other countries.

 

The World Scout Jamboree has unique programs for participants to learn about different cultures, sustainability, peace and community service. These activities are intended to give participants an opportunity to learn new things and to build new friendships.

Additionally, most National Scout Organizations have both men and women participants, so about half of the WSJ participants are girls and women.

Ways to Attend

There are multiple ways to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

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Participant

  • Youth members and adults leaders can attend the jamboree as part of their home country's National Scout Organization official contingent

 

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International Service Team

Participants to the WSJ will be camped in five Base Camps across the Jamboree. At the center of each Base Camp (and each constituent Subcamp) will be a headquarters tent. This will be the “go to” location for all housing issues and general questions about daily life at the Jamboree. Each HQ will be home to a number of senior Jamboree Planning Team members, including a Camp Chief and Deputy Camp Chief, with help from a Youth Assistant, and a Chief of Staff who oversees the support personnel. However, they cannot do it alone! They are actively recruiting for support staff members, who are excited to make this Jamboree an amazing place to stay and play. Available positions include:

  • Duty Officers — Problem-solving experts, stationed at each headquarters tent.
  • Administrators — Track camp residents and issues, to ensure quick and successful resolution.
  • Camp Maintenance Personnel — Provide minor repairs to camp infrastructure and equipment.
  • Base Camp Commissioner and Subcamp Commissioner – Quality Control Officers touring and monitoring each Subcamp to proactively address any issues.
  • Additional support personnel include our Postal Service, Lost and Found, Safety officers, Security Team, and our “Green Team” Recycling Rangers.

While the participants are at the center of all we do, that does not mean that we should ever forget to take care of our fellow IST! The IST Experience Team is also in need of dedicated volunteers to help with on-site activities. Each of the following areas will be within the IST Base Camp Echo, run by IST members for IST members:

  • IST Program Staff — Support IST on their 1 or 2 days off, offering a range of activities (both on and off-site) including: Nightly IST stage programs; Dance Tent; Hang-out Tents; Cinema; Yoga and Fitness area; Sauna; and much more!
  • IST Training Staff — Working on 27 training topics (ranging from ‘IST Expectations,’ through ‘Camp Life,’ to ‘Security & Safety’ issues) this team will support online and on-site training of IST.
  • The IST Allocation Team — Responsible for IST on-site job allocation. The IST Support Team will handle all work-related welfare issues that the IST members may have.
  • The IST Support Team — Operating a Quiet Area tent, a Listening Ear Tent, and a “Staff Service Award Badge.” For those who do not show up to work as scheduled, this team will also enforce an IST work-skip policy!

None of these activities run themselves! We need IST volunteers who can help us put these on. To see all available IST EXPERIENCE Positions, visit the IST Volunteers page, click on  Position Descriptions External Linkand scroll down to IST Experience Office, IST Subcamp Program, IST Training, IST Allocation and IST Support and click on them to learn more about the types of roles available on these teams. 

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Day Visitor

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia will be the host for the 24th World Scout Jamboree from July 22 to August 2, 2019.  The World Scout Jamboree will bring together about 45,000 Scouts and Scouters from over 165 countries to share the values, joy, adventure and fellowship of the world scouting program.  The theme of the Jamboree is “Unlock a New World”.  This Jamboree is jointly hosted by the national scouting organizations of Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Day visitor guests are welcome and will have the opportunity to visit and participate in much of the Jamboree experience.  On-line ticket sales will begin in late 2018 and will be announced on the Jamboree website (https://www.2019wsj.org/attend/day-visitors/External Link).  Dates, hours, ticket prices, list of prohibited items, frequently asked questions, and other important information will be located on the day visitor web page.  You should check it regularly for new information.

Your day visit adventure begins at the “J.W. & Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center,” located in Mount Hope, West Virginia.  All day visitors will park at the Welcome Center and board motor coaches that will take you to the Jamboree and return you to the Welcome Center at the end of the day. Tickets will be available for sale at the Welcome Center if you haven’t purchased tickets ahead of your visit.  However, the number of visitors will be limited each day, and advance reservations are strongly encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Visitors will be issued a wristband which will allow you to board the motor coach following a brief check-in process and security screening.   Each motor coach will have a member of the Guest Services staff who will share important and useful information to make your Jamboree visit enjoyable.

Visitors will be able to visit the Scott Summit Center which will be bustling with activities shared by scouts from all over the world, learning and experiencing the adventures of world scouting globally.

Day visitors will not be able to visit the sub camps or program areas outside the Summit Center and will be observers in the participant venues within Summit Center as well.

What will you be able to see and do in the Summit Center?  There will be large trading posts, International Food Houses (food available for purchase), snack bars, information booths, toilet facilities and places to fill your water bottles.  Patch trading, meeting scouts and scouters from across the world and making new friends will happen here.  Three unique areas at the Summit Center that you will want to visit and get involved are the Global Development Village (GDV), Centro Mondial, and World Point.  These are uniquely World Jamboree experiences as they bring together scouts, leaders, and leading experts from across the globe.

At the GDV, scouts and visitors will have an opportunity to become involved in the Global Development Agenda and will be empowered with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to be an agent of change in their communities. The GDV is a village.  Within the village there will be a main plaza where you will be able to meet, talk to and make friends and have fun for sure.  Exhibits, performances, workshops, activities, and music will be happening throughout the day.  You may have the opportunity to earn or begin the path to earn some of the World Organization of Scouting Movement (WOSM) badges such as the Scouts of the World Award, Messengers of Peace or the World Scout Environment Program.  Want to learn more? Check out https://www.2019wsj.org/5-gdv/External Link.

In the heart of the Jamboree you will experience the three key programs of the Centro Mondial: North American Dream (the New World); Foundations, Faith, and Spirituality; and Living in the 21st Century.   At the North American Dream, you can learn about the cultures of Canada, Mexico and the United States.  You will experience the Inventors Hall of Fame or perhaps learn about trading stocks in a stock market simulation. In the Foundations, Faith and Spirituality area you will learn about Duty to God and about the many faiths that are practiced across the globe.  Living in the 21st Century has brought us great and significant changes.  You will find activities and experts in areas such as food, communications and social media, transportation, technology and exploration.  Visit the Sustainability Tree house – a truly unique treasure found only the Summit Bechtel National Family Scout Reserve!  The Geothermal wells power the Scott Visitor Center in the Gateway area.  Want to learn more?  Check out https://www.2019wsj.org/centro-mondial/External Link.

World Point is not to be missed, for a focal point of energy, excitement and activity.  Scouts from across the world will be presenting their unique cultures and traditions as well as what they share with us in common. The stages will be busy.  Music, dance and cultural experiences will change throughout the day.  Many national scout organizations will have exhibits set up to visit.  World Point is where you see and experience the world of Scouting.  Want to learn more?  Check out https://www.2019wsj.org/get-to-the-point/External Link.

In addition to the GDV, Centro Mondial and World Point, there are other areas to explore.  You will be able to walk across the unique Consol Energy Bridge, visit and see World Jamboree Scouts enjoy the Boulder Cove Climbing area, BMX & Mountain Biking center, skate boarding, Canopy tours, Challenge Courses and other programs that take place in the Summit Center Action Point area.  Due to the large numbers of World Jamboree Scouts, visitors will be able to observe, but not take part in these activities.

Your visit to the 24th World Scout Jamboree will be a connected experience.  WIFI and cellular service is available, so you will be able to stay in touch and post your pictures and videos.  Make sure your phone and camera are fully charged as you will want to capture your World Jamboree visit.

Check the day visitor web page for updates and information that will help make your 2019 World Scout Jamboree experience a lifetime memory.  Our Guest Service team looks forward to seeing you and helping you enjoy this once in a lifetime scouting experience.   Join us as we “Unlock the New World” at the Summit Bechtel National Family Scout Reserve in West Virginia in July 2019.

Scholarship Information

A World Scout Jamboree is a unique, often once in a  lifetime opportunity for any Scout who attends.  The USA Contingent Management Team to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is committed to extending this opportunity to as many young people as possible, regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds or ability to pay.  To that end, we are pleased to provide more information about the USE World Scouting Jamboree Scholarship program!

There are two types of eligibility for a WSJ scholarship.  Any youth (aged 14-17) that has been approved to be a USA contingent member is eligible to apply for a scholarship.  Any young adult (aged 18-26) who has been approved to join on the International Service Team (IST) or CMT may apply as well.  Scholarships will cover  up to 50% of the published cost to attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, though the CMT reserves the right to disburse any amount up to the 50% of the published fee to scholarship recipients based on demonstrated needs.

You can access the scholarship application on the USA World Scout Jamboree website http://www.wsj2019.us/scholarshipsExternal Link.  Before you open the application, which can only be submitted once, we highly recommend that you review the scholarship application guide available on the scholarship and resource pages of the website, which will show you all the questions that the application will ask click here for scholarship page of websiteExternal Link.  You will log into the scholarship application using your my.scouting credentials.

Hurry before time runs out!  The scholarship applications will be open until July 31, 2018.  Once you have completed the scholarship application, your council will have the opportunity to review and recommend it for consideration by your area and region.  The area and region will recommend scholarship recipients and amounts to the USA Contingent Management Team, who will make final approvals and disperse funds to scholarship recipients.  Act fast and get your scholarship application in today!

USA World Scout Jamboree Refund Policy

If you are not chosen to be part of the 2019 World Jamboree Contingent, you will receive a full refund.

  • If the participant requests to cancel
    • 100% is refundable through December 31, 2018
    • $150 is non-refundable from January 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019
    • $250 is non-refundable from April 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019
    • No refund will be issued for cancellations received after June 30, 2019

All requests for refunds are to be submitted in writing to uscontingent2019@scouting.org

The entire contingent refund policy can be located on the jamboree website.

 

Did You Know

Food Houses

Food Houses will be a major attraction at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.  Several NSO's from all over the world will gather to provide the tastes, aromas, culture, and fellowship of their homelands with participants from around the world.  Look for more information to be released soon.

Visitor Passes

Day visitors will have the opportunity to visit the World Scout Center with exhibits from Scouting countries across the globe.  In addition, day visitors will experience activities in the Scott Summit Center, which offers opportunities for adventure and outdoor education at Action Point, Goodrich Lake, Gateway Village, Legacy Village and Boulder Cove.

More information about visitor dates, times, and cost will be made available in late 2018.  To ensure a positive experience for all participants and visitors, the number of day visitors may be limited each day.  Advance registration will be provided, and is recommended.