In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. A few lucky Boy Scouts and Venturers will spend 12 days in Japan with 30,000 Scouts and leaders from across the globe and odds are 19 out of every 20 people you’ll meet at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree will be from a country other than the USA, which means you’ll be making friends from all over the world.
The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Cross Road of Culture, and the Peace Program.
Scouts will experience the 23rd World Scout Jamboree through module activities, subcamp life, arena events, and interaction and exchange with Scouts from all around the globe. Here are some highlights.
Module activities will include exploration of global, cultural, and peace- and community-related issues, participation in recreational water sports, hands-on experiences with science and technology, and nature excursions. In their free time, participants will also be able to choose from a wide variety of programs in their subcamps, at the World Scout Center, and in the Faith and Beliefs zone.
During free time, participants will be able to choose from a wide variety of programs in their subcamps and at the World Scout Centre. The Faith and Beliefs zone will always be available for participants to practice their own faith and learn about other religions. Participants can also sign up to be Young Correspondents and help tell the jamboree story to the world.
Peace Memorial Ceremony
On August 6, 2015, a delegation of jamboree participants will attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. This moving ceremony will give them—and through them all jamboree participants—the chance to think about peace and how they can promote peace around the world.
Pre-Jamboree Training Weekend
Leaders and youth should participate in a pre-jamboree training experience to ensure a safe and fun trop for everyone. During this weekend, they will get to know one another and come together as a unit. The jamboree fee does include the training weekend itself, but not the travel to and from the training sites.
Jamboree Travel and Tour
The Boy Scouts of America contingent will meet at a series of “gateway cities” in the United States before departing for the jamboree. The jamboree fee includes round-trip airfare from attendees’ home-city airport, the jamboree fee, administrative expenses, and costs associated with the specially arranged tour immediately before or after the jamboree. The cost does not include ticketing due to early or late departure from the world jamboree site or while on tour due to medical emergencies, and/or itinerary changes resulting from violations of the BSA’s code of conduct.
About the Jamboree Site
Japan is an island country in the Pacific Ocean, where natural beauty and modern cities coexist. Here you’ll find a rich mix of traditional and modern culture and a history that dates back thousands of years. Yamaguchi Prefecture is located on Honshu Island in the western part of Japan facing the calm Seto Inland Sea. It exemplifies many aspects of contemporary Japan, including modern cities, beautiful natural areas, traditional performing arts, historic buildings, and modern industries.
The jamboree site, Kirara-hama, is reclaimed land in Yamaguchi City, which is located in the western part of Honshu. Equipped with developed facilities and parks, it was the site of Japan Expo Yamaguchi in 2001.
You can expect sunny weather with occasional showers and clouds and perhaps strong winds. August temperatures in Yamaguchi City average 27.9 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), and rainfall averages 157.7 millimeters (6.2 inches).
Who May Attend?
Eligible participants must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a Boy Scout or Venturer and have been born between July 27, 1997, and July 28, 2001. These age ranges are set by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and are not negotiable.
International Service Team (IST)
To join the IST at the jamboree, you need to have turned 18 at the start of the camp, July 28, 2015.
All Boy Scouts of America leadership must meet the requirements listed on the adult leader Web page at www.scouting.org/worldjamboree. In addition, councils must first give their approval to applicants. Selection will then be make under the direction of each regional director.
Registration and Payment
Registration and payment of fees will be done online. The Web address for general information is www.scouting.org/worldjamboree. The cost of participation in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree is as follows:
- Adult Leader and Youth Participant—$5,750
- International Service Team—$2,000
BSA will send about 1,600 people to the 23rd World Jamboree, July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015 and by now you’re thinking: Where do I sign up? Right here.
Make plans now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, where Scouts and Venturers from around the world will meet at the intersection of tradition and innovation to explore energy, technology, and harmony.
Not sure yet? Read “A New Worldview: Scouting magazine at the 2011 World Scout Jamboree” by Bryan Wendell, who writes: “I can guarantee it will be an amazing experience for those who attend as they make new friends, hear new languages, and bring home a whole new worldview.
Wendell goes on to write: “You or a Scout or Venturer you know can be there next summer, either as a participant or as a member of staff (better known as the International Service Team).
“You certainly have questions, like: How much does this cost? How do participants get to Japan? Who is eligible to attend?
“Rather than answer here, let me point you to this handy FAQs page. The BSA’s International Team gets a ton of questions about the world jamboree every day, and most of those questions are answered right on that page.”
Author: Darryl Alder | Director of Strategic Initiatives, Utah National Parks Council, BSA
Contributor: Bryan Wendell | Senior Editor of Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazines.