European Scout Jamboree – Leaders

European Scout Jamboree – Leaders

European Scout Jamboree

Are you bursting with energy and ideas? Are you most at home with young people, helping bring out the best in them?  We are looking for a group of enthusiastic, dedicated adults to support Scouts from Somerset on an adventure of a lifetime to the European Scout Jamboree in Poland in 2020.

The Somerset Unit to the European Jamboree will be combined with Bedfordshire (though this could change). Each Unit is made up of 4 patrols, consisting of 9 participants and 1 leader. So the whole unit consists of 36 young people, plus 4 leaders.  Somerset has half a unit (2 patrols) so we will be seeking to select 18 participants and 2 leaders from across Somerset County. As leaders you will be responsible for the training and development of the young people in the Unit, delivered through a number of pre Jamboree camps/events you will run in the 18 months leading up to the Jamboree, at the Jamboree itself, plus possibly post Jamboree presentations and / or a reunion event.  The job of Unit leadership is time consuming, demanding and very challenging, but also very rewarding.

Unlike a World Scout Jamboree, for the European Jamboree you will be responsible for organising your Unit’s travel to Gdansk and any kit and equipment that you need. You may also decide to organise pre or post event travel to make this an experience of a lifetime for the young people. In collaboration with the unit members you will decide how much you wish to do and plan and so ultimately determining how much the final fee per person will be. You will need to work with leaders from another County (and/or possibly international) to organise the unit as a whole, so excellent communication skills are necessary. You will complete the visits abroad sign off process via the Somerset Scouts International Team, who will also be available to support you during the whole of your Jamboree journey, from selection onwards.

Who can apply?

You can apply to be a leader if you are at least 18 years old.  You should choose which of the following roles you would like to be considered for:

  • Unit Leader – has overall responsibility for the unit
  • Deputy Unit Leader – supports the Unit Leader in the overall management of the unit
  • Assistant Unit Leader (x2) – works closely with the Unit Leader and Deputy Unit leader to run the unit

Please note that final roles will be designated after discussion with the other County (currently Bedfordshire and/or possibly international) leaders that will make up the rest of the Unit.

We are looking for leaders that:

  • have experience of working with young people in the participant age group (the youngest will be 12 at the time of joining the Unit and the eldest almost 18 at the start of the Jamboree)
  • have time amongst other commitments – there will be a lot to do including the organisation of pre Jamboree training events, Unit travel to Poland, the Unit’s choice of pre or post Jamboree experience, looking after Unit finances, communicating with Unit members and their parents etc
  • can work in a team, are open-minded to others’ ideas and can take joint responsibility for the operation of the Unit
  • have the necessary camping and cooking skills to ensure that the young people operate in a safe, hygienic way and are able to spend as much time as possible enjoying the Jamboree
  • can deal with emergencies and unforeseen difficulties during the event and are able to work co-operatively with the rest of the team, asking for support when needed
  • if possible, have previous experience of an international Scouting event (either as an adult or a young person) or of international (Scouting) travel and other countries, cultures and languages
  • are in good health and have sufficient physical and mental stamina to lead the Unit during the Jamboree when days are long and weather could be challenging
  • are self-reliant, robust and capable so that they will be able to lead their young people in a variety of circumstances, for example, planning and leading a programme as part of a potential pre or post event experience
  • you will be required to have all relevant Scout leader training and permits, and will need to undertake training that may be required

Application process

  1. Apply by midnight on Saturday 5th January 2019 and send your completed form to
  2. We will be in contact with you by midnight Wednesday 9th January 2019 with an outcome regarding your application
  3. All leaders whose applications show that they have suitable skills, experience, enthusiasm, time availability and would be committed as a member of the Jamboree unit, will go forward to the next stage. Please remember to keep Friday 18th (from 18:00 – TBC to successful applicants) and Saturday 19th January 2019 (all day) for a selection process (duration will depend on numbers of applications for leaders, IST and participants)
  4. For successful applications taken forward, after the 19th January 2019, we may contact your DC /County Commissioner/ line manager (as relevant) for a reference.

A payment schedule will be advised to successful applicants, but a first payment of £50 will be requested by the end of January 2019.

Eurojam2020 – Leader & IST Application Form

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