The theme of the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is “Unlock a New World.”
Now you’ve got the keys.
Registration for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is live. This means prospective youth participants, adult volunteers and staffers — known in World Scout Jamboree parlance as the International Service Team (IST) — can register to join the adventure.
The quadrennial event, held at the BSA’s high-adventure base in West Virginia and co-hosted with Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México, will be the first World Scout Jamboree in the United States in more than half a century.
This historic event will be held July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019.
The World Scout Jamboree (hereafter WSJ) will welcome 50,000 Scouts and leaders from 169 different countries. They’ll gather to meet friends from around the world, develop mutual understanding and sharpen their leadership skills. They’ll do all that at the BSA’s newest high-adventure destination, where a playground of world-class adventure venues awaits.
This means you might climb next to a Croatian, skateboard with a South African or paddleboard with a Paraguayan.
Who is eligible
Participation is open to eligible men and women who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. WSJ units will be organized on a regional — not council — basis.
As I mentioned in August, the BSA contingent will include 10,000 people — the largest contingent the BSA has ever sent to a WSJ. The total will encompass Scouts/Venturers, adults and staff.
That will break down like this:
- 7,200 youth participants and adult leaders
- Youth participants: Boys and girls age 14 to 17 on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday between July 22, 2001, and July 21, 2005)
- Adult leaders: Age 18 or older on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday before before July 22, 2001)
- 2,700 members of the International Service Team (the name for staff at the WSJ)
- Adults age 18 or older on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday before before July 22, 2001)
- 100 members of the Contingent Management Team
- These volunteers have already been selected.
Even though the BSA’s presence at the WSJ will be large, we’ll make up only one out of every five people at the event. That means approximately 80 percent of Jamboree attendees will be from one of more than 160 other countries planning to attend.
Yes, 10,000 seems like a lot, but interest is expected to surpass the number of available spots.
Translation: Apply as soon as you can.