World Scout Jamboree 2019

So you are thinking about applying to go to the USA with Scouting in 2019.  Here you will find all the information you will need about the Jamboree and how you can apply to be a part of the West Lancs unit with Blackpool District.

What is a Jamboree ?

The word Jamboree has been associated with the Scouting Movement since its foundation in 1907. Baden Powell chose the term to represent a rally, meeting or gathering and its origins are derived from the Swahili for hello – ‘Jambo’. It is now synonymous with the world-wide event known as the World Jamboree held every four years, each time in a different country though some countries such as the UK have held it more than once.

When & Where is the next one ?

The last Jamboree was in Japan in 2015 and the next one in the four year cycle is to be held in the USA in the summer of 2019.  The exact dates for the Jamboree itself are the 22nd  July to the 2nd August 2019 but the British contingent will be travelling out a few days earlier and returning a week or so later in order that all participants may visit New York/Washington and partake in Ho-Ho (Home hospitality) in Canada.

The 2019 Jamboree is unusual as it is being hosted by 3 countries Canada, Mexico and the USA though the actual Jamboree camp will be held in West Virginia, USA.  The site is a purpose built campsite called Summit Bechtel and consists of a 10,600 acre main site adjacent to a 70,000 acre National Park. You can have a look at the site by clicking here.

You will be camping under canvas in a sub camp with other Scouts from all over the world.

What do you do at a Jamboree ?

Activities at Summit Bechtel Reserve

At a World Scout Jamboree you will experience other cultures and celebrate Scouting around the world whilst making new friends. You will also have plenty of opportunity t0 develop personally and gain new skills. You will learn about issues affecting young people from other nations but most of all you will HAVE FUN !!!

The Jamboree always starts with a fantastic opening ceremony where over 30,000 scouts and leaders gather to raise the world Jamboree flag.

There will be a global development village where you can learn about the culture and issues affecting other countries.  A vast array of onsite activities including the longest zip lines in the world, the second biggest skate park, BMX track and Mountain bike track in the world and 250 climbing stations.  There are 3 man made lakes so there will be a full programme of water activities.

The jamboree closes with a tremendous ceremony where everyone attends and celebrates with a huge party.

Jamboree closing ceremony celebrations

How much does it cost ?

The cost for a Scout attending the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is £3,495.  This is not an amount set by Blackpool or West Lancashire but is a figure set by the World Scout Movement (WOSM).

That does sound like a massive amount – but don’t be put off……..

  • Blackpool District pay a third of the figure for each Scout attending.
  • West Lancashire also pay a third of the figure for each Scout attending.

Therefore each Scout has to fund the remaining £1,165 themselves.  This again sounds vast but the Scouts selected will undertake fundraising activities individually, as a group and with their Troop and in previous years the Scouts have never failed to raise the monies needed – SO DON’T WORRY and DON’T BE PUT OFF!

That sounds brilliant – Where do I sign up ?

Our vision is that every young person in Blackpool has the opportunity during their Scouting life, to experience international Scouting.  For some that may be with their Troop or District on a locally organised camp abroad but for some it will be the opportunity to sample a World Jamboree.

Blackpool has been allocated four places in the West Lancashire unit and we hope lots of you will want to go and apply.  Therefore there has to be a selection process which will work as follows.

1.     You need to complete the application form which can be found on the Blackpool District web site here (PDF) or here (Word). You can either complete it electronically and then print it to be signed, or print off and complete it manually. You must then have your parent/guardian/carer to sign the form to say they know you are applying and make sure they put their current email address on the form. You also need to get your Scout/ESU leader to sign the form.  Your form must be emailed or posted to Peter the District Jamboree co-ordinator so that it arrives by 10pm on 31st January 2018 at the very latest

2.     Keep the weekend of 17th & 18th February free in your diary as you will be invited to a selection day at Layton School (Further details will be sent to those that send in an application form).

3.     You must be able to commit to the full 3 weeks of the Jamboree in 2019 (19 July – 8 August 2019) AND the Unit training days details of which can be found here..

4.     Attend the selection day at Layton School.  You MUST be at this camp in order to be in with a chance of selection.  It will be like a normal weekend camp so just be yourself and have fun.

5.     Those who are successful will receive a ‘Golden Ticket’ in the post the week after the Layton School weekend.  Those who are unsuccessful will get a phone call from Peter in which you will be told about other international opportunities in 2019 and given help in applying.


Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the Jamboree or application process then contact Peter Rumley

Blackpool District Jamboree Co-ordinator

01253 592497

Good luck with your application and we wish you well in everything you do in your Scouting life.


20th November – 13th December 2017

Jamboree co-ordinators will visit your Scout Troop or Explorer Unit to talk about the Jamboree.  Ask your leader when your visit is.

17th January 2018

Parent/Guardian/Carer briefing evening – St Kentigerns Church Hall, Church Street, Blackpool 7.30pm

31st January 2018 – 10pm

Closing date for applications

17th – 18th February 2018

Blackpool District Selection weekend (Layton School)

23rd February 2018

Successful applicants notified by ‘Golden Ticket’

Unsuccessful applicants notified by phone call