world scout jamboree 2019
By Julia Thompson
Mar 05, 2018

World Scout Jamboree 2019: Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is the largest event from the World Organization of the Scout Movement. About 50,000 Scouts coming from more than 160 countries attend. The aims of WSJ are to promote peace and understanding among youth from different places and cultures. Many activities take place during the event located at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve. The WSJ taking place in 2019 will be the 24th. The first Jamboree took place in 1920 in England.

National Jamboree vs World Jamboree, what’s the difference?

World Jamboree is about meeting people from different cultures and countries. Unique program features promote education, sustainability, peace, and community service. There will be a vast amount of opportunities to make friends and learn about both Scouting and day-to-day life in other countries, more so than doing activities. But, there will still be plenty of chances to zip-line, mountain bike, and participate in any other fun adventures. Also, many Scouting programs in other countries have both male and female Scouters, so about half of the attendees at the WSJ are female.

Application Process

By applying to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree as a member of the Boy Scouts of America Contingent, you take your first step towards experiencing a larger Scouting world and the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you are a participant, an adult leader, or a member of the International Service Team, you will be camping side by side with your brother and sister Scouts from 160+ countries.

Expect to take 30-40 minutes completing the application. Before beginning, be ready to provide your BSA ID number and a $250 deposit. Currently, the application has to be completed in one session, so be prepared to complete the application in its entirety.

Go to to apply for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

Utah Special

Are you a Scout or leader who lives in Utah? You are in luck! There is already a Scoutmaster, Marc Ellison, that has been selected to be in charge of a delegation from the Utah National Parks Council. He is currently seeking 30 to 35 Scouts who are interested in being participants. The sooner he finds those interested, the sooner fundraising can begin.

Marc is excited to take his 15-year old son and other Scouts to the World Jamboree next year. He and his wife teach classes in First Aid and CPR for the council. Marc served on staff at the 2005 and 2010 National Jamborees in Virginia. He has worked for the LDS Church since September 2005, after working for the Jordan School District for seven years. He has also been a seasonal Park Ranger, giving tours at Timpanogos Cave National Monument since 1999.  He was awarded the Honor Medal (for Unusual Heroism in Saving or Attempting to Save Life at Considerable Risk to Self in 2007) for rescuing a three-year-old girl that nearly fell off a cliff at Timpanogos Cave National Monument. After being featured in the March 2008 issue of Reader’s Digest, he was a candidate for the 2008 Reader’s Digest Hero of the Year. He has since received the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, the Silver Beaver Award, and is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow.

Contact Marc Ellison for more information

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Questions? Comment below or check out the WSJ webpage.


Author: Julia Thompson | Marketing and Fund Development Associate, Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America

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