The 25th World Scout Jamboree is taking place in 2023 in South Korea.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people from around the world to meet and take part in a huge programme of activities.
The Jamboree was like nothing I’d ever done before – thrilling, exciting and it taught me many new things about different cultures. If anyone in Scouting is considering this, I would say “Go for it! It will change your perspective on life foreverAustin, Wansdyke Participant at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America
What is the jamboree?
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.
Find out more on the official website at: 2023wsjkorea.org/_html/index.html
This is a fantastic account of the last jamboree, written by Tom (a Contingent Support Team Member): https://medium.com/@trbell/the-world-scout-jamboree-5a5a2f9873ca
You can also watch the last Avon unit’s video of their time in North America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKtrogiTbXM&ab_channel=Unit70WSJ24
Can I go?
If you’re born between the 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009 then the simple answer is yes!
There are no barriers preventing young people from attending the jamboree – and the UK Contingent are aiming to be the most diverse contingent from the country ever!
Whilst there is a significant cost associated with this, plenty of fundraising and grant opportunities are available – so don’t be put off by this!
Wansdyke has 3 places for the entire district on the Avon contingent – therefore there will be competition, and a selection event will take place. More details of this will follow.
How do I apply or find out more?
The local unit from Avon (Unit 75) is running roadshows to advertise the jamboree, answer questions and give you a general idea of what it is.
You can find out more on their Facebook page.