From July 28 to August 8, 2015, more than 30,000 scouts and leaders from 161 countries will gather in Southern Japan at Kirara-Hama, in Yamaguchi Prefecture.For 12 days, you will have the unique opportunity to meet and make friends with many scouts from many parts of the world. This will be one of the most exciting scouting activities you will ever participate.The opportunity to meet and acquaint yourselves with scouts from so many different cultures will give you a glimpse of the great experience many of you might face in the next few years.
There are plans to have the Join-in-Jamboree program for youth around the world. The JIJ program will be aimed not only at Scouts but also at non-Scout youth so that all youth who are not able to participate in the jamboree can benefit from the program.
Welcome the World Project
The Scout Association of Japan has started a project to build new friendships for Scouts through Scouting. The Welcome the World Project creates ties between our Scouts and local Scout groups in Japan. They may communicate on the Internet or exchange letters, launch a project together, or visit one another.
A one-day, off-site program to Hiroshima will provide an opportunity for all participants to learn from the events of 1945. Participants will visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, including the museum.
Global Development Village
The Global Development Village will be an on-site module program to raise awareness of global issues such as peace, the environment, development, human rights, and health among participants. As the jamboree will be held in Japan, GDV will focus on disaster mitigation. The GDV program will distribute pre-event materials, as well as being part of the Join-in-Jamboree program.
This full-day module program will foster better understanding of the surrounding nature and bring appreciation for the environment. This program will be held in Yamaguchi City.
Cross Road of Culture
This activity will promote the exchange of and respect for different cultures. It will also incorporate a program aimed at deepening the cultural understanding of Japan from traditional culture to pop culture among the participants.
City of Science
City of Science will be a one-day program in Kirara-hama. It will deepen the understanding of advances in science and technology, and the benefits and problems associated with science. This program provides a venue for learning about the development of fuel cells and other energy sources for the future, ecological problems, and robotics and automotive technologies.
Water activities such as sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling, rafting, and fishing will be carried out on lakes, rivers, or the nearby coast.
As 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of cities in Japan, there is a possibility that representative Scouts—possibly one from each Scouting organization—will attend the peace memorial ceremony in Hiroshima.
There will be a day for community service. This program includes practical implementation of a reaching-out strategy in the local community. Participants will be able to experience Japan by working with local residents.
Japan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean just off the mainland coast of China. There are high mountains running down the center of most of the country. This forces the larger cities to the coastal regions of the country. As a result many of the cities in Japan are built on reclaimed land! This is the case with Kirara-Hama. Japan has an ancient history dating back thousands of years and yet is as modern as the cars we drive and the video games we play and cell phones we use everyday.
This also means that you and other scouts and venturers will be grouped together with others from our western states area to form the troops and crews that will make up the BSA units. The BSA has been allotted at total of 1600 scouts and adult leaders to attend the Jamboree. Scout troops and venture crews will be made up of 36 youth and 4 adults.
The theme for this 23rd World Jamboree is “WA: A Spirit of Unity”. (Jamboree Song, video, artwork, and lyrics can be found at www.23wsj.jp/jamboree-song.html. The direct link to the lyrics is here: www.23wsj.jp/assets/a-spirit-of-unity-lyrics.pdf.) The Kanji character “WA” means harmony,unity,friendship and peace. These Kanji characters (seen upper left) will be on most, if not all, of the official badges and other items that will be issued or purchased at the Jamboree. It will be in this spirit that the Scout Association of Japan and its many scouts attending the 23rd World Jamboree will welcome you and the scouts from around the world to their very beautiful and ancient country.
The very basic requirement for attendance is age: you must be 14 years of age by July 27, 2015 and not older than 17 years of age by July 28, 2015. You must be currently registered with the BSA at the time you attend. The entire Jamboree trip will be something between 16 and 18 days. This will include travel to and from Japan and sight-seeing either before or after the Jamboree.
Have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-580-2489. Please provide your name, phone number, email address, record locator number from your world jamboree application, and the issue you are asking about. We will respond via email as soon as possible.
Author: Pat Reilley, International Scout Committee