AS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE OF THE SCOUTING MOVEMENT IS ABILITY TO CHANGING THE WORLD ON ALL LEVELS: IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES, COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND ON THE GLOBALLY – WE WANT TO BE THE SPARKS – THE IMPULSE FOR EVRY SINGLE CHANGE.
BE THE SPARK!
THE WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE
The World Scout Jamboree is an official educational event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It is specifically designed for young people aged between 14 and 17 years inclusive, from National Scout Organizations (NSOs) that are members of WOSM. It is organised by an NSO or alliance of NSOs, appointed by the World Scout Conference, under supervision of the World Scout Committee and with the support of the World Scout Committee and World Scout Bureau (WSB).
Participants at the World Scout Jamboree should develop as individuals, become better citizens of their local, national and international communities, make new friends with Scouts from around the world and assume new responsibility for promoting peace and goodwill.
The World Scout Jamboree is an opportunity to develop Scouting, promote good practices and improve the quality of Scouting in all countries, spread the image of Scouting in the wider world and keep the Scout Method relevant to modern society.
The World Scout Jamboree allows its Participants to experience an exemplary Scouting programme, faithful to the definition, Purpose, Principles and Scout Method and adapted to the needs and aspirations of young people in today’s world. Young people, supported by adults, undertake individual, small group and large group activities in the setting of a large camp, that enable them to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually, adhering to the Scout Promise and Law.
Whilst each World Scout Jamboree reflects the culture and practices of its host NSO(s), each event aims to create an environment that celebrates the unity of the Scout Movement, develops among
Scouts the awareness of their belonging to a world family and organization, and provides them with the opportunity to make friends with other Scouts.
The World Scout Jamboree provides a unique opportunity to promote among the public worldwide the image of a universal educational movement which is open to all young people, both boys and girls, men and women, and contributes to the development of individuals as better citizens of their local, national and international communities.
The World Scout Jamboree is an event held for young people.
Participants at the World Scout Jamboree should be aged between 14 to 17 years (inclusive). The World Scout Jamboree is open to boys and girls, young men and women. The World Scout Jamboree is for members from all NSOs belonging to the WOSM.
Every Scout should have the opportunity to attend one World Scout Jamboree. The Host Organization should take into consideration the dates for the succeeding World Scout Jamboree, and if necessary, accept Scouts who are 13 years of age (who will be 18 at the time of the succeeding Jamboree).
ADULTS AT THE JAMBOREE
Troop Leaders, members of the International Service Team (IST) and members of Contingent
Teams must be members of an NSO and be 18 years of age or older at the time of the event.
In accordance with WOSM policy on Youth Participation, Contingents should encourage the participation of adults in the 18–30 age range.
Participation at a World Scout Jamboree is organised through national Contingents. Each Contingent will be led by a Head of Contingent and such Contingent Staff as necessary and appropriate to the size of the Contingent. It is up to each NSO to organise their Contingent and their attendance. Only WOSM member NSOs can register Contingents and there can only be one Contingent per country.
Every individual attending the World Scout Jamboree must be a member of a Contingent. Each NSO is responsible for all members of its Contingent.
No Contingent may constitute more than 10% of the maximum number of Participants approved by the World Scout Committee, with the exception of that of the country in which the Jamboree is being held, which may send a Contingent constituting up to but not more than 20% of that number.
No Contingent may have more Adults than Participants, with the exception of the country in which the Jamboree is being held.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TEAM (IST)
The International Service Team (IST) is made up of volunteers who assist with the delivery of the World Scout Jamboree. It is composed of local and international Scouts.
The presence of volunteers drawn from NSOs around the world is necessary to guarantee the worldwide character and the cross-cultural dimension of the event. The Host Organization shall undertake to build an IST with the greatest possible international diversity.
Members of the IST are required to be on site before the first Participants arrive in order to take part in training required for their role at the Jamboree.
When nominating members of the IST, NSOs should take into consideration the individual’s ability to manage the physically and psychologically demanding conditions at the event.