World Scout Jamboree 2019

A gathering of Scouts and Guides from all over the world, taking place in North America 2019

WSJ 2019


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 that went to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden was the association’s largest ever overseas expedition. In 2015, the UK Contingent that went to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan comprised of over 3,500 youth and adult members. Each Contingent 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.

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 site and the dates of the Jamboree are 22 July – 2nd August 2019. Somerset are running a Unit jointly with Wiltshire Scouts. The Unit will consist of 3 Patrols of 9 members from Somerset and 1 Patrol of 9 members from Wiltshire.

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/.

Young People Application Process

Youth applications for a place in the Somerset WSJ Unit are now open! To find out how to apply please visit the WSJ Youth Application page.

WSJ Youth Selection Weekends

If you would like to apply for a place in the World Scout Jamboree unit there will be selection weekends taking place in February and March. There will be two phases to the selection process, phase 1 will be a one day event at Huish Woods Campsite on either Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th February. If successful from phase 1 candidates will be invited to phase 2 for a selection weekend at Hush Woods Campsite. Application forms will follow in the near future. The dates and information are below


For a list of frequently asked questions please see our FAQ page.

Any questions should be forwarded to wsj2019@somersetscouts.org.uk

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