Avon Scouts are looking to recruit 72 young people for the next World Scout Jamboree in North America in 2019. Brunel Scout District will select up 9 Scouts to attend, the number was pre -allocated based on 12-16 year olds at the 2017 census.
What is the 24th World Scout Jamboree?
A World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a gathering of Scouts from all over the world for an exciting programme of global development, peace, cultural understanding,adventure, friendship and fun. The next WSJ will take place in the summer of 2019,where tens of thousands of Scouts from around the world will gather in North America for the experience of a lifetime! Information about this amazing event can befound at www.2019wsj.org
When and where?
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. 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 a form of “homestay” at a local Scout Group’s summer camp 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.
The cost of the Jamboree is yet to be confirmed, but there will be numerous opportunities in place for fundraising both personally and as a group, and there are also grants which can be applied for. We do not want Scouts and Explorers to be deterred from applying due to their financial circumstances.
Who is eligible to apply?
All young people who are members of the movement and were born between 22nd July 2001 and 22nd July 2005, regardless of how long they have been a member. Due to this age restriction members of the association are only able to attend one WSJ as a young person. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The selection process is about identifying the young people who will make the most of the opportunity and be ambassadors for their District, Avon, UK Scouting, and the WSJ experience.
What will be considered during the selection process?
Their commitment to Scouting so far and likely commitment in the future
Interest in international Scouting
Ability to work in a team and leadership potential
Commitment to the Jamboree training and experience
Ability to take responsibility for themselves and others
The impact the Jamboree will have on the young person
Whether the young person is likely to be able to cope with 3 weeks away within the Jamboree environment
Scouts and Explorers who want to be considered need to complete an application form (to follow) explaining why they should be selected and what they want to get from the experience to be able to give back to Scouting. The application will need to be supported by the Scout Leader/Explorer Leader, and the Group Scout Leader or DESC should be aware of this application. Depending on the number of applications, additional assessment tools may be required as well as an interview.
District selection will take place in November 2017, allowing the first Jamboree Unit information meeting to take place just before Christmas 2017 for those selected and the formal work to start in January 2018 onward.
Avon Selection Process
It was agreed by all District Commissioners that due to the lateness of information from the WSJ, a County selection process is not viable. However a “What is a Jamboree” evenings will be made available in October by the selected Unit Leaders, before the District selection takes place. This is being arranged.
The Jamboree team will be sending out a flyer to all Scouts and Explorer Scout leaders to introduce themselves and encourage interest and may help the young people decide if it is what they would be interested in.