24th World Scout Jamboree: North America 2019



A World Scout Jamboree is a world Scouting event for young people aged between 14 and 18 and is a gathering of Scouts and Guides from all over the world for an exciting programme of global development, peace, cultural understanding, adventure, fun and friendship.

The Scout Association has a long history of sending large number of Units (36 young people and four leaders, divided into four patrols) as part of a UK Contingent to attend Jamborees. In 2007, The Scout Association hosted the 21st World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park in Essex. In 2011, the UK Contingent to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden was the association’s largest ever overseas expedition. In 2015, the UK Contingent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan comprised over 3,500 youth and adult members. Each Contingent has enjoyed a varied and exciting experience.

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.


UK Contingent


The UK Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree will once again enjoy all the excitement and experiences that a World Scout Jamboree offers, and the Contingent Management Team (CMT) is planning to send a contingent the size of 10% of the total attendance at the Jamboree, the exact numbers are confirmed by the Jamboree Organisers.

We have received confirmation from the Jamboree Organisers as to total size of the UK Contingent (including number of IST), we can now allocate number of Units (or Patrols) to Counties, Areas or Regions. Allocations of Units/Patrols will be made in line with the 2016 census figures and this information is now with Counties, Areas and Regions.

Each County, Area or Region will be asked to confirm if they wish to take up this allocation (via an acceptance form) and then final numbers will be published. This process is to be completed by May 2017 and it is only at this point when confirmation of Units is known will we know how many Unit Leaders are need to be recruited.

As for previous Jamborees, Units may be shared across other Counties, Areas or Regions and Units may also have Patrols formed of Girlguiding and British Scouting Overseas participants and Leaders.

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 homestay with a family 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.


What do we know about the Jamboree so far?

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia which is a 10,000 acre campsite and the dates of the Jamboree are 22 July – 2 August 2019.

For the first time, a World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by three National Scout Organizations and the three distinct cultures will join together to host Scouts from across the works in a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace and friendship. Further information about the Jamboree can be found at http://2019wsj.org/.


What to expect during the event



The month of July in West Virginia is usually hot and humid, with daily high temperatures of around 26°C. Some rain, particularly thunder storms are likely during the summer months in West Virginia. Humidity is likely to be high during the Jamboree, and this will make the ‘real feel’ temperature seem much hotter than the forecasted 26°C.


The Site

Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is in an area of natural beauty which offers a huge range of adventurous activities. The site is hilly, spread over a large area with access provided by gravel pathways.Take a look at the physical appearance of the site on Summit Bechtel’s Flickr page here: here.

Below are some highlights of what the Summit Bechtel Reserve has to offer:


Longest combined zip lines in the world (5.45 miles/8.7 kilometres)

  • Longest canopy course in the country (9.55 miles/15.3 kilometres)
  • Largest man-made outdoor climbing facility in the country (218 stations)
  • Top purpose-built mountain biking facility in the country
  • Second-largest outdoor skate park in the country (4.6 acres/ 1.7 hectares)
  • Second-largest BMX facility in the country (13.7 acres/ 5.3 hectares)
  • Third-largest archery range in the country (116 stations)
  • Largest natural outdoor arena in West Virginia (80,000 capacity)
  • Access to one of the top-rated rafting, kayaking, and fishing rivers in the country
  • Access to some of the most popular climbing areas in the country.


The CMT is currently working on the costs for UK Contingent participants for the Jamboree, which we envisage will be in line with previous Jamborees. As with previous Jamborees, the costs will be paid in instalments and the instalment payment period is likely to run during 2017 and 2018. Local fundraising efforts for Jamboree participants are encouraged to focus on supporting young people to attend, however, financial status should not be a barrier to supporting the Jamboree. Further information about covering the cost of the Jamboree (including any grants available) will be issued once available.


Unit Leader Selection


The following section provides guidance to support the selection and appointment of World Scout Jamboree Unit Leaders, Deputy Unit Leaders and Assistant Unit Leaders. The selection of Unit Leaders for the UK Contingent to the World Scout Jamboree is crucially important to the experience of the young people taking part. Through good leadership, enthusiasm, teamwork and role modelling of the values of Scouting, the Unit Leadership Team have a great opportunity to facilitate a fantastic international experience for the young people within their Unit.


Make up of a Jamboree Unit

Every Jamboree Unit is made up of 36 young people (in Patrols of 9) and 4 Leaders (one for each Patrol). The 4 Jamboree Unit leadership roles are: A Unit Leader, a Deputy Unit Leader and 2 Assistant Unit Leaders. Where a Jamboree Unit is split across more than one County, Area or Region, it is important to agree a joint selection process with the other Counties, Area or Regions before starting the selection process.

If a Unit includes Patrols from other Counties, Areas, Regions Girlguiding or British Scouting Overseas their Leaders should be considered for all the roles within a Unit. In these cases, allocating the role of Deputy Unit Leader may not be possible until all the leadership team has been recruited. All roles should be allocated on the basis of merit of the applicants from the respective Counties. Areas, Regions or organisations. However, the Unit Leader must be a member of The Scout Association.

Role of the Unit Leader

The Jamboree Unit Leader role involves managing the training and personal development of both the Unit Leadership Team and the young people (participants) in the Unit. Participants may include 12 year old Scouts/Guides at the time of the selection process, to 17 year old Explorer Scouts/Senior Section Members when the Jamboree takes place. Unit Leaders must be equipped to respond to the changing needs of this wide age range; the ability to support and guide all youth members throughout the journey, and create opportunities for young people to shape their experience. A consultative style of leadership is vital to produce effective team working, and role model positive behaviours to the young people in the Unit. It is essential that the successful Unit Leader is comfortable mentoring adults, this skill will be useful to ensure that the other members of the Unit Leadership Team fulfil their potential and return from the event well-prepared and enthused to take up leadership/management roles in local Scouting.

The World Scout Jamboree offers a unique experience to each participant who attends and provides them with opportunities to develop their independence and self-confidence. Unit Leaders should actively grow the trust and confidence of participants to empower them to develop skills for life and to assist them in reaching their full potential.


Selection Process

In order to assist with the selection of the right adults for these roles we have prepared some resources for you to use. Which can be dowloaded here:


Application form

Information Letter

Person Specification

Role Description Deputy Unit Leader

Role Description for Unit Leader


We along with the UK Contingent believe that the quality of leadership is critical in ensuring we deliver a unique and high quality experience for the young people attending.

GMW will be running a selection process that consists of:


  • The appointment of an appropriate selection panel;
  • A paper application and references;
  • An interview by the selection panel; and
  • A practical selection to observe the applicants work with young people of the 12-17 age range.


Selection Panel

The selection panel will include at least one young person (under 25) and the ACC (I) who will be the line manager of those appointed. Along with other experienced scouters.


Outcome of Selection

Prior to informing the applicants of the outcome of the selection, the decision taken will be informed to our County Appointments Advisory Committee for final approval as this is a SA recognised appointment.


Other International Opportunities

A wide range of other international opportunities exist, and if you are unsuccessful you may wish to discuss these opportunities with the ACC (I). Such international opportunities may be local (including County, Area or Region expeditions) or other national international events.


Considerations when selecting Unit Leaders

The following are considered during the selection process:


The primary role of Unit Leader at the Jamboree is to properly prepare the Unit to ensure the participants enjoy the experience and gain the most from the opportunity. The role of Unit Leader is time consuming, demanding (physically and mentally), and at times can be challenging.


Time Commitment

In addition to the time commitments in regard to the attendance at the Jamboree and post events activities, Unit Leaders, when they take on the role, also make the commitment to attend UK Contingent Unit Leader training events, organising Unit training events and taking part in any local debriefing/feedback process.


Unit Leader will be a key point of information for participants and their parents/carers, and time answering queries outside of briefing weekends/formal briefings also needs to be considered.

The Unit Leader (and all Leadership Team Members) are ambassadors for the Jamboree at a local level, and attendance may be required for meetings (Executive Committee, AGMs etc.) in addition to Leadership Team planning meetings.


The Unit Leader will also be responsible for the implementation of the personal development programme to the Unit. The embedding and undertaking of the programme is also likely to require a time commitment to implement (see further information below).


Post Jamboree the leadership team will along with the participants be expected to share their experiences and help promote and facilitate further future international events both at home and overseas.



Unit Leaders must understand and implement the Method of Scouting effectively to for young people of both Scout and Explorer age and commit to enacting the Values (care, co-operation, belief, respect and integrity) at all times. The Jamboree Unit is not a Scout Troop or Explorer Unit, but techniques in the management of young people from both Sections will be important.


It is critical that all Leadership Team Members appointed have the skills and drive to facilitate the development of young people in the age range.


During the period of the Jamboree, Units will camp and whilst food will be provided, catering will be responsibility of the Unit. Unit Leadership Team should have the necessary camping and cooking skills to train participants in these skills, to ensure that participants are able to spend as much time as possible experiencing all the Jamboree has to offer. Basic camp safety and hygiene are skills that all participants should have developed throughout the Unit training programme.


Individual members of Unit Leadership Teams are likely to need to adopt specific roles within the Unit, such as first aid, quartermaster, administration, pastoral care and communications. Consideration may need to be considered as to how the required skills can be amongst the team, as opposed to be completing by the Unit Leader. As Units are formed, participants might be able to undertake certain tasks, instead of Unit Leaders. Further information about “Communications Champions” within the Unit, responsible for internal and external communications for the Unit and linking these to wider County, Area or Region communications, will be released later.


Whilst experience of working with the age range is crucial, a Unit needs a positive blend of experience and youth in its leadership team and blend of male and female leaders. Diverse teams are strong teams.


Personal Attributes

The Unit Leader must be open minded and be willing to receive the ideas and initiatives of others whilst fostering a sense of equality and mutual understanding to develop a team which has shared responsibility for the success of the Unit.


Unit Leaders must have a strong personal belief in the importance of youth involvement (being “youth shaped”) and understand the benefits of actively involving young people in every aspect of Scouting. Unit Leaders must show a vision as to how the Unit can be youth shaped, which may include Unit Forums, or involving youth representatives in shaping the experience and direction of the Unit. Unit Leaders must shoe they are prepared to allow participants to be involved in decision making at all levels of Unit life.


The Unit Leader (and all members of the Unit Leadership Team) should be role models for sensitivity and cultural awareness during the Jamboree and the build-up to it. The Leadership Team should also support young people to interact with, explore and appreciated a variety of culture.


The importance of previous experience of a World Scout Jamboree (as a participant or adult at the event) or other International experience is a positive within the Unit Leadership Team.


Appointment to a leadership role in a Jamboree Unit should not be seen as a way of rewarding the good service, or long service of adults in Scouting.


Personal Considerations

A role within the Unit Leadership Team is both physically and mentally demanding. Life at the Jamboree for Leaders is likely to involve long days, whilst sleep will be at a premium. The Jamboree site is very large, and transport around the Jamboree site is likely to be minimal.


Given the pattern of the days, the Unit Leadership Team should have physical and mental stamina to deal with the environment and pattern of living.


All members of the Unit Leadership Team must be self-reliant, robust and solution-based to ensure they are able to lead and support young people throughout the Jamboree experience.


Members of the Unit Leadership Team must be able to foster mutual trust and interdependence to ensure they are one team during the Jamboree.


Personal Development Programme

Please note that it is the intention of the CMT to develop a range of resources to support a full programme of personal development for each member of the UK Contingent.


The programme will seek to ensure that participants and Unit Leadership Teams will return from the Jamboree with skills and experiences that will aid their development personally and within local Scouting. The addition of a personal development strand to the Jamboree experience is an important area of the UK Contingent programme, to support this it is essential that the Unit Leadership Team is fully engaged with the idea as without them the development opportunities for the participants will be reduced.



We will ensure that training and support is available to all members of Unit Leadership Teams to enhance and develop their skills to ensure they can succeed in their roles.



All Unit leadership roles are normal County, Area or Region appointment and the normal appointment procedure should be adhered to, including relevant checks.


Those recruited to take on leadership roles will be inducted, supported and trained like all adults taking on a new role. Regular reviews will also be undertaken by the appointments line manager. The Unit’s development will be reviewed, for which feedback from the UK Contingent can be obtained.


All appointments will be made in line with the Equal Opportunities Policy of The Scout Association. Scouting is committed to inclusion and diversity, and whilst reasonable adjustments should be made to ensure that adult volunteers with disabilities can take part in all that Scouting has to offer, the overriding consideration in appointments is the safety, security and development of our young people


Please read the person specifications and also the role descriptions before submitting your application as these are intended to assist you in your application.


Thank you for taking the time to consider these roles and we look forward to seeing your applications.




Andy Farrell                                                 Jeff Picton

County Commissioner                               ACC (International)