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 organized 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.
WAKE UP, THINK, ACT
The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP) together with Gdańsk – the City of Freedom – decided to take up the challenge and raise the bid to organize the 2023rd World Scout Jamboree in Poland.
Although the tradition of this event has almost hundred years, it had never been in Poland. We feel that it is time for us. We are ready to invite to Poland thousands of scouts and guides from all around the world. Possible location of the World Scout Jamboree site, City of Gdańsk, is where “Solidarity” movement was born. We think that through sharing our story we can be the spark of the whole scout world.
Every Scout have potential to become a conduit of social changes, i.e. a so-called Sparkmaker. Our job is to help them discover their spark – their power – and teach them how to use it effectively in their local environment with a global understanding. We strongly believe that the way our country has overcome obstacles in the last years can be an inspiration for the whole world to act. We believe that the message of “Solidarity’s” peaceful fight for human rights can show the way to achieve goals that are so close to every scout’s heart.
Let Jamboree in 2023 be full of Scout values that will lighten our way. Let it give us new energy, fresh ideas and commitment. We are the sparks, so: BE THE SPARK AND PASS IT ON TO THE WHOLE WORLD.