Royston District will be opening our selection process to apply for a place in the County Jamboree Units that will be going to the 24th World Scout Jamboree to be held in America at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, Mount Hope, West Virginia, United States from 22 Jul 2019 – 2 Aug 2019. There is a World Scout Jamboree every 4 years with the previous one being held in Japan in 2015, and every young person is only eligible once in their lifetime to attend.
The District has a limited amount of places and if you apply, Your application will go through our preselection panel as there are a limited number of places on the selection day for each group. If approved You will then be invited to attend a selection weekend that will include an interview and activities in October.
Please be aware that not all applicants will be successful.
If you were to be selected you would be one of 117 young people from Hertfordshire, joining approximately 45,000 other young people from over 150 Countries and Territories around the world meeting through the common bond of Scouting in an event which his even bigger than the Olympics.
The theme of the Jamboree is Unlock a New World.
To be eligible to be a participant at the 23rd WSJ you must be born between 22nd July 2001 and 21st July 2005. These age ranges are set by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement and are not flexible. If you are younger than this age bracket then you will have an opportunity to attend the 25th WSJ. If you are older on the given date you are able to apply to become a member of the IST and details of how to apply for these roles have been circulated separately.
If successful you will need to attend various training sessions, camps and activities to ensure that you are prepared and to get to know the other Scouts in your unit, which will be made up of Scouts and Guides from all areas of Hertfordshire and some from Essex, Cambridgeshire, Anglia and Buckinghamshire in our joint Units.
You will need to be prepared to promote Scouting locally both before and after Jamboree in the form of presentations about your experiences to other members and parents and supporters.
This is a big commitment and you will need the support of your Group or Unit and your parents or guardians to ensure that you can attend all of the training events which are usually one per month until the Jamboree.
The cost of the Jamboree will be £3770.00 and this is quite substantial. Our District may support participants financially subject to approval by the district executive committee, but this will be very limited, and will also support your fund raising. You will need to speak to your leader with regards to funding from your Group / Unit; however, it is usual for them to contribute or assist with fundraising. There are also grants available nationally for families in certain circumstances who are unable to fund the trip. In short money alone should never be a reason not to apply for a Jamboree participant place.
For the 2015 Jamboree the parents of the Royston participants got together to work as a team to raise the money carrying numerous fund raising events.
You can find more information about the Jamboree if you simply search” World Scout Jamboree 2019” on the internet.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to apply to participate in a life changing experience. Although not everyone will be selected, everyone who is interested should apply. Participants will be selected bearing in mind their age, any additional needs they might have and how this opportunity could benefit them, not only how they will contribute to Jamboree. In short it’s not necessarily only “super scouts” who should fill in the form.
If you would like to be considered to represent the District, please download the application form, and return it with as much information about yourself as possible, then get your parent / guardian to sign the form and return it to your Scout Leader or Explorer Scout Leader as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 22th of September.
- Scouts must give forms to their Scout Leader
- Explorer Scouts must give forms to their Explorer Leader.
- Young Leaders who are not explorers must give forms to Stuart.
If you have any queries or questions about Jamboree, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The selection weekend is provisionally Saturday 21st – 22nd of October. This weekend will involve a number of practical skills as well as an one on one interview, Scouting skills, and a short presentation.