World Scout Jamboree North America 2019

Mark your calendars for July 22–August 2, 2019! These are the dates when Scouts from around the globe will gather at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, USA, for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. This world jamboree is unique because it is a team effort by Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America.

The theme is “Unlock a New World” and the event will feature the hallmarks of past world jamboree programmes, such as the Global Development Village, the World Scout Centre, a special sustainability initiative, and the mixing socially with others no matter to what country, class or creed they belong.

The 24th World Scout Jamboree is being held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, claimed to be the most advanced adventure camping base for youth in the world. Activities venues include The Rocks, one of the largest man-made climbing facilities; The Park, one of the largest outdoor skateboarding facilities in the world; and The Trax, one of the largest BMX bike facilities in the world. Add in three man-made lakes and several pools that offer a variety of aquatics activities and you can start to get an idea of how unique this jamboree will be for its participants.

World Jamboree Participant Application

The 24th world Scout Jamboree will be held in West Virginia, North America, at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve between 22nd July and 2nd August 2019.
Find out more about the site by visiting the Jamboree website at

To apply to be a participant you must be actively involved in Scouting in Wiltshire and be born between 22nd July 2001 and 21st July 2005. 

The application process is two-fold. First you need to apply using the online form. These will be reviewed and if you’re successful you will then be invited to the selection camp.

The selection camp will be held at Wiltshire Scout Centre, Potterne Wick over the weekend of 14th – 15th October 2017.
All applicants will be required to camp. If you are not able to make the selection weekend you will not be able to gain a place as a Jamboree participant.

Applications are now closed


Who can apply to go as a participant? To apply to be a participant you must be born between 22nd July 2001 and 21st July 2005.

What happens if I was born outside of these dates? If you were born after these dates you will be eligible for the 2023 Jamboree. If you were born before these dates then you should look at other international activities, such as Roverway, or the International Service Team for the Jamboree.

What is the UK contingent? The UK contingent is the name for all of the participants, leaders and the International Service Team who will attend the event from the UK. The entire contingent will contain about 4,500 people!

What is in a Jamboree unit? A Jamboree unit is made up of 40 people, this is 4 leaders and 36 participants. The UK contingent will include 100 units.

How much will the Jamboree cost? The UK Contingent Management Team have announced that the cost will be £3,495. This does not include the costs of the Wiltshire Unit training camps, merchandise etc.

What is included in the Jamboree fee? The  £3,495 fee includes the following:

  • Flights between the UK and North America and transfers whilst in North America.
  • The Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia, USA from the 22nd July to the 2nd August 2019. There will be a full programme while on site. Tents, cookware and cooking supplies (except for personal mess kits), dining shelters, tools to set up and tables for food preparation will be provided by the Jamboree Organisers for Units, the use of which are included in the fee.
  • A Big City Experience that will give Units the chance to visit a North American City where they will help design their own programme, learn new skills and find out more about the City’s culture.
  • The UK Contingent Post Event will be a chance for all  UK Units to meet together and share an experience unique to the UK Contingent. The event will be a celebration of North American culture.
  • HoHo: We are delighted to be able to offer a HoHo experience for all Units. Participants will stay in the United States of America or Canada and gain knowledge and understanding of everyday life in North America. The fee includes transportation costs, accommodation and food.
  • Kit: Branded UK Jamboree uniform and some additional kit will be provided for the trip and can be kept as mementos of the 24th World Scout Jamboree. We will work with young people to help us select and design the kit that will be provided as part of the fee.

Am I allowed to fundraise to pay for the Jamboree? Absolutely, we would encourage you to fundraise to help raise your Jamboree fee, this can be an important part of your Jamboree journey. In the past many participants have fundraised their entire Jamboree fee.

What are the Jamboree dates? The Jamboree itself will be held between 22nd July and 2 August 2019. However, the UK Contingent may be able to provide Home Hospitality and/or a cultural experience either before or after the Jamboree. It also takes a number of days to fly everybody out before, and back afterwards. Therefore, we currently do not know the precise dates that will be required.

What is Home Hospitality and where will it be? Home Hospitality is a unique opportunity to stay with a Scouting family in another country. This is a real privilege to see the country through the eyes of people who live there. We are delighted to be able to offer a HoHo experience for all Units. Participants will stay in the United States of America or Canada and gain knowledge and understanding of everyday life in North America.

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Wiltshire WSJ Contingent Leader Team  email:

Contingent leader Terry Shipp





Deputy Leader Rob Woods




Assistant Mike Mulcock




Assistant Petra Oyston




Assistant Matthew Mollart