For the first time, a World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by three national Scout organisations: Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America. These three distinct cultures will join together to host the world Scouting community in a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace, and friendship. A Jamboree is a gathering of Scouts from all over the world.

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be held July 22 through August 2, 2019, at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, USA. Unlike any other youth event, a World Scout Jamboree invites you to surround yourself in the cultures of the world by joining your new Scouting friends at a single destination for 12 unforgettable days. Not to mention, the UK currently seeks to provide extra elements of the trip (previously these have been activities in major cities and home-stay options to really experience different cultures).

Make lifelong friendships and memories with young people from more than 200 nations and territories. Unlock a new world of life-changing experiences that will help you develop your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual life. Bike, hike, climb, fly, and swim at the world’s premier youth adventure camp.

The theme for the 24th World Scout Jamboree is “Unlock a New World”. This theme speaks to the new adventures, cultures, and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world during the event.

To be eligible to be a youth participant at the 24th World Scout Jamboree, you must be born between 22nd July, 2001, and 21st July, 2005. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this rule.

If you are older than this, you may still be able to come! Scouts who are at least 18 years of age at the start of the Jamboree are welcome to join the IST. More information about this will be available soon.

How much does it cost?

Unfortunately we’re unable to give you a price at the moment but we expect this to be confirmed soon. We expect to have a full cost in towards the end of October 2017. There are normally multiple fundraisers around the County to greatly assist with these costs.
We have been told that the first payment of £450 will be due by 10th November 2017.

Looks amazing! How do I sign up?

Unfortunately the UK, and in turn East Lancashire, only gets a specified amount of places at a World Scout Jamboree and so places are limited. We will therefore asking participants who wish to attend to apply using the form below and attend a selection camp at Bowley Scout Campsite on 6-8th October 2017. Your form needs to be returned to the address on the form absolutely no later than Sunday 17th September 2017. A payment of £15 is also required along with your application – this covers the cost of the selection weekend.

Icelandic Experience

We are extremely excited to announce that we will be running an 8 day Icelandic Experience to coincide with the timing of WSJ 2019. As a bit of a taster as to what you can expect from the Iceland Experience, we will be taking a trek across a glacier and bathing in the geothermal pools! To be eligible for selection for this, you will need to make sure you book on the WSJ selection weekend,  and clearly state on the booking form if you are interested in selection for  WSJ/Iceland or both. Your indication here will not have any impact on the selection process.

Information Evening

We will be holding an Information Evening for parents/guardians and potential participants on Sunday 10th September 2017 in The Lodge at Bowley Scout Campsite at 7pm where you’ll get a chance to learn more about the Jamboree as well as meet the leadership team. This is also where you’ll find out the full price of the experience and what’s included.

What’s involved in the selection camp?

The selection camp normally involves a series of challenges both individually and in teams. Our best advice is just ‘be yourself’ and ‘have fun’. When you return your form to us and the deadline for more applications has passed, you will receive final information from the unit leaders about the selection camp.

How many places are there?

Each County in the UK is allocated a set number of places, East Lancashire is proud to have been allocated a full unit of 4 patrol meaning there are a total of 36 youth participant places available alongside 4 adult volunteers.

Got questions or want to talk to us?

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Please download and return the form to the address on the bottom of the form no later than Sunday 17th September 2017.