What is the 24th World Scout Jamboree?
The World Scout Jamboree is the largest camping event organized by
the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), gathering as many
as 50,000 Scouts and leaders from 169 National Scout Organizations. The
24th World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is co‐hosted by Scouts Canada,
Association de Scouts de Mexico, and the Boy Scouts of America. The
last time the United States hosted a WSJ was in 1967 in Idaho.
The WSJ is an educational event bringing together young men and young
women from around the world to promote peace, mutual understanding, and
to develop leadership skills. The Jamboree will feature the hallmarks
of past world jamboree programs such as the Global Development Village,
the World Scout Centre, a special sustainability initiative, and the
socialization elements that allow participants to make lifelong friends
from around the world.
The United States Contingent is limited on the number of people that we
can send to a World Scout Jamboree. While we will be able to send more
to this jamboree than ever before, we expect there to be tremendous
interest and encourage folks to apply as soon as possible.
Dates: July 22-August 2, 2019 (U.S. participants arrive on July 21 to assist with greeting other participants from around the world)
Location: Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, West Virginia (about 1 hour southeast of Charleston, WV)
Fees: $2,500 (see fee details below)
Ways to Participate:
- Youth Patricipant: attend the event as a camper and participate as a member of a unit
- Adult Leader: attend the event at a unit leader and assist with organization, travel, communication, and oversight of the group onsite (see selection process below)
- International Service Team (IST or Staff): attend
the event as a staff member and help execute programs and activities
throughout the Jamboree (involves arriving onsite early for set up and
- Youth Participant: The
event is coed and all youth participants must have their date of birth
fall between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005 (ages 14-17 at the time of
the Jamboree) with no exceptions
- Adult Leader: Over 18 years of age at the time of the Jamboree
- IST: Over 18 years of age at the time of the Jamboree
- All participants (youth, adult, and staff) must be registered members of the BSA
Participants, adult leaders, and IST will complete an online
application. Applications will be reviewed on both Northern Star
Council and National level. Official information and a link to the
online application can be found on the USA Contingent website.
Total fees, along with a payment schedule will be published on November 1, 2017 on the registration page.
Applicants who submit a $250 deposit between November 1, 2017 and
January 31, 2018, and make all payments on time will have a $100
discount applied to their last payment.
The participant and unit leader fees include registration for the
Jamboree, meals at the Jamboree, tents, and patrol/cooking gear. The
fees also cover appropriate travel expenses (including food) between
“Hub” cities and the Jamboree. An appropriate number of “Hub” cities
will be identified across the continental United States depending on
the distribution of youth and leaders that make up the various units.
Applicants will be responsible for the costs to get themselves to and
from these “Hub” City locations. Due to different travel costs,
participant and leader fees may vary by region.
In an effort to reduce costs, there will be NO TOURS pre or post Jamboree.
The Staff fees will include all of these items except for
transportation and travel related expenses. Transportation to and from
the Jamboree will be the responsibility of the IST member based on when
they need to report or depart from their staff assignment.
Youth Participant: once an
application is filled out, participants will be notified if they have
been accepted or are being put on a waiting list. If they are put on a
waiting list, they will continue to pay according to the payment
schedule. Applicants on the waiting list that are not ultimately
selected will receive a full refund (including initial deposit).
- Youth should apply through the online system by July, 2018
- Youth will be assigned to units based on availability and geographic location
- Pre-Jamboree schedules will be shared shortly after units are formed through your Jamboree Scoutmasters
Adult Leader: there will be
four leaders per unit and acceptance timing will be based on the
filling of youth in the units which have been allocated to each region.
Leaders will continue to pay, according to the Payment Schedule even if
they have not been confirmed. BSA regional leadership will select
leaders based on the leader qualifications. Leader applicants who are
not ultimately selected will receive a full refund. If a unit leader
applicant is not selected for a unit leadership position, it would be
encouraged that they consider modifying their registration status to
that of an International Service Team member applicant. Once that
modification is made in their application, selection for IST positions
would be handled by the Host Committee. Female leadership is important
in order to follow BSA policy on Co‐Ed units.
- Applications due by February 28 (thru the National System)
- Applications will be reviewed and leaders will be selected for interviews
- Communication from Northern Star for interview details will follow shortly
- Interviews will take place in late March and leadership will be selected
IST: once approved by their
local council and the Boy Scouts of America Contingent leadership, the
application will be sent to the World Jamboree Organizers (Host). The
Host will notify the applicant of acceptance and job assignment. Some
assignments likely will be given in 2018 and some in 2019. The
applicant will need to continue to pay as per the fee schedule above.
If an applicant is not ultimately accepted, they will receive a full
For the most accurate information, additional resources, or specific
questions, please refer to the USA Contingent website:
https://wsj2019.us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.