24th World Scout Jamboree - North America 2019

Introduction 

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.
 
The Scout Association has a long history of sending large number of Units (36 young people and four leaders, divided into four patrols) as part of a UK Contingent to attend Jamborees. In 2007, The Scout Association hosted the 21st World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park in Essex. In 2011, the UK Contingent to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden was the association’s largest ever overseas expedition. In 2015, the UK Contingent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan comprised over 3,500 youth and adult members. Each Contingent has enjoyed a varied and exciting experience.
 
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and the dates of the event are 22 July – 2 August 2019. The event is being hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Scouts of Mexico. This is the largest event delivered by Scouting worldwide and 45,000 young people and adult volunteers are expected to attend from over 150 countries.
 

UK Contingent 

The UK Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree will once again enjoy all the excitement and experiences that a World Scout Jamboree offers, and the Contingent Management Team (CMT) have been allocated 100 Units, Merseyside have been allocated 5 Patrols, that is 1 Unit plus 1 Patrol in a shared Unit with other Counties, and will also have a Patrol from Girlguiding NW England.
 
The exact format of the Jamboree experience is still to be developed, but each Unit will take part in the Jamboree experience, and participate in homestay with a family from one of three host nations. There may also be some form of UK Contingent led programme; whilst the location is to be determined, it is anticipated that this will be over several days and will give Units the opportunity to create, shape and develop their own activities, in addition to any centrally led activities.
 

What do we know about the Jamboree so far? 

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia which is a 10,000-acre campsite and the dates of the Jamboree are 22 July – 2 August 2019.
 
For the first time, a World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by three National Scout Organizations and the three distinct cultures will join together to host Scouts from across the works in a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace and friendship.
 
Further information about the Jamboree can be found at http://2019wsj.org/.
 

What to expect during the event 

Weather
The month of July in West Virginia is usually hot and humid, with daily high temperatures of around 26°C.
Some rain, particularly thunder storms are likely during the summer months in West Virginia.
 
Humidity is likely to be high during the Jamboree, and this will make the ‘real feel’ temperature seem much hotter than the forecasted 26°C.
 
The Site
Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is in an area of natural beauty which offers a huge range of adventurous activities. The site is hilly, spread over a large area with access provided by gravel pathways.
 
Take a look at the physical appearance of the site on Summit Bechtel’s Flickr page here.
 
Below are some highlights of what the Summit Bechtel Reserve has to offer:

  • Longest combined zip lines in the world (5.45 miles/8.7 kilometers)
  • Longest canopy course in the country (9.55 miles/15.3 kilometers)
  • Largest man-made outdoor climbing facility in the country (218 stations)
  • Top purpose-built mountain biking facility in the country
  • Second-largest outdoor skate park in the country (4.6 acres/ 1.7 hectares)
  • Second-largest BMX facility in the country (13.7 acres/ 5.3 hectares)
  • Third-largest archery range in the country (116 stations)
  • Largest natural outdoor arena in West Virginia (80,000 capacity)
  • Access to one of the top-rated rafting, kayaking, and fishing rivers in the country
  • Access to some of the most popular climbing areas in the country. 

Costs

The CMT is currently working on the costs for UK Contingent participants for the Jamboree, which we envisage will be in line with previous Jamborees. As with previous Jamborees, the costs will be paid in instalments and the instalment payment period is likely to run during 2017 and 2018. We anticipate being able to publish the fee by mid October 2017.
 
Local fundraising efforts for Jamboree participants are encouraged to focus on supporting young people to attend, however, financial status should not be a barrier to supporting the Jamboree. Further information about covering the cost of the Jamboree (including any grants available) will be issued once available. 

Get Involved

Unit Leadership Team

Applications to join the Merseyside Unit Leader Team have now closed, however you can express an interest in the International service team below.

International Service Team Expressions of Interest

Please use the form below to express an interest in being part of the International Service Team (IST) as part of the UK Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
When applications open for IST recruitment in Autumn 2017, you will receive details of the application process.

Click here: http://ukcontingent.co.uk/jamboree-2019/ist-expression-of-interest-wsj-2019/
 

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24th World Scout Jamboree - West Virginia, USA

Jamboree Photo Gallery

Beavan Challenge 2017

Beavan Challenge 2017

Pictures: 55

Added: 2017-10-06 11:53:08

West Wirral Fire Themed St Georges Day 2017

West Wirral Fire Themed St Georges Day 2017

Pictures: 41

Added: 2017-04-26 16:16:08

Merseymoot 2016 - Activities

Merseymoot 2016 - Activities

Pictures: 161

Added: 2017-03-01 15:16:09

Merseymoot 2016 Party Time

Merseymoot 2016 Party Time

Pictures: 34

Added: 2017-03-01 15:10:05

MerseyMoot 2016 - Supermooter

MerseyMoot 2016 - Supermooter

Pictures: 118

Added: 2017-03-01 15:09:45

The Great Escape 2016

The Great Escape 2016

Pictures: 133

Added: 2017-01-23 17:53:57

County Ball 2016

County Ball 2016

Pictures: 55

Added: 2016-11-20 22:03:22

Feast 2016 - Displays

Feast 2016 - Displays

Pictures: 51

Added: 2016-10-13 11:33:23

Feast 2016 - Preparation

Feast 2016 - Preparation

Pictures: 62

Added: 2016-10-13 11:32:34

Conference & AGM 2016

Conference & AGM 2016

Pictures: 45

Added: 2016-10-13 11:32:06

The Merseyside Jamboree Archive

Merseyside has a long tradition of sending scouts to World Jamborees. To celebrate this, we have started to build an archive of each unit that has contained scouts from Merseyside. Click a link below to read about some of our past units. If you attended a jamboree as part of a Merseyside/North west Unit and would like to add your memories/photos to these pages please get in touch by e-mailing webmaster@merseysidescouts.com

★ 22nd World Scout Jamboree,Sweden, 2011
21st World Scout Jamboree,UK, 2007
★ 20th World Scout Jamboree,Thailand, 2003
19th World Scout Jamboree, Piquarquin, Chile, 1998-99
★ 18th World Scout Jamboree,Netherlands, 1995
★ 17th World Scout Jamboree,Korea, 1991
★ 16th World Scout Jamboree,Australia, 1987/88
★ 15th World Scout Jamboree,Canada, 1983
★ 14th World Scout Jamboree,Norway, 1975