What is a World Scout Jamboree?

With the next World Scout Jamboree happening in 2023, we’ve got answers to some of the questions you might have.

What is a World Scout Jamboree?

A World Scout Jamboree is a world Scouting event for young people aged between 14 and 17 (under 18) and is a gathering of Scouts and Guides from all over the world for an exciting programme of global development, peace, cultural understanding, adventure, fun and friendship.

It takes place every four years in a different country. The first World Scout Jamboree took place in England in 1920 and since then 24 such events have been held. Recent World Scout Jamborees have had well over 40000 participants and adults attending.

When and where is the next Jamboree?

The 25th World Scout Jamboree will be held in SaeManGuem, Korea in 2023, with the dates of the main event set for 1-12 August. The Korea Scout Association was founded in the year 1922 and is now the largest youth organization in South Korea. South Korea also hosted the 17 Jamboree in 1991.

The theme of the 25th World Scout Jamboree is “Draw Your Dream.” After the Jamboree is complete, a permanent Scout Centre will be created on the site.

There is general World Scout Jamboree 2023 information from the UK Contingent on the UK Scout website and the South Korean official website of the WSJ.

Who attends?

Jamborees are for young people, with the support of adult volunteers and The Scouts (UK) has a long history of sending large numbers of ‘Units’ (each made up of 36 young people and 4 adult leaders) and International Service Team volunteers (IST), who all come together to form the ‘UK Contingent’ to attend Jamborees.

Once at a Jamboree, IST are formed from adult volunteers from across the world – working together in teams to ensure the Jamboree is a success! They fill a vital role in motivating and supporting young people as well as providing services, programme and facilities.

How can you attend?

Youth participants and Adult opportunities are being coordinated by Warwickshire Scouts.