Join in Jamboree
The Join in Jamboree Program gives Scouts of all ages an opportunity to learn about World Scouting and to participate in the 24th World Scout Jamboree even if they can’t attend the Jamboree in person. The Program is the collection of activities below, designed to give you a taste of various aspects of World Scouting as well as the Jamboree itself. The activities can be completed individually or as a group, with your patrol or unit for example. There should be something to enjoy for youth members of every BSA program, including Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing. Many of the activities also meet the requirements for various badges you can earn, including the International Spirit Award, Citizenship in the World, and the Messengers of Peace Award. There are six activity areas: Learn, Serve, Connect, Engage, Give and Share.
Learn about the World and the World Scouting Movement
- Learn ten words or phrases that are in a different language than your own.*
- Play two games that originated in another country or culture.*
- Research the process to obtain a United States Passport and create a fact sheet for your unit to assist them with the requirements of travelling internationally.*
- Learn about another country and prepare a meal traditionally served there. Explain what you learned to friends or family over the meal.*
- Learn about the history of the World Scout Jamboree and how it has changed over the years.
- Learn about a religious or spiritual practice that is not your own and talk to a family member or friend about what you learned.
- Learn about the World Organistation of the Scouting Movement by visiting their website and learning about major events, programs, and initiatives.
Local Action to spark Global Change
- Organize and/or participate in a service project as part of the Scouts #Make It Happen Campaign. Any service is helpful, this includes Eagle Projects and Scouting for Food. More than anything else, scouts are united in our work to “building a better world.”
- Learn about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We, Scouts, have a special partnership with the UN to help achieve these goals. Choose a goal and make a plan to incorporate it into a service project or your daily life.
- Take an action to address and SDG (e.g. service project, start a sustainable habit like recycling, write a social media post, create a presentation to your unit, lead an activity at school, etc…) and share it with your friends, family, and/or on social media.
- Last year we reached 1,000,000,000 global scout service hours, which were dedicated to the United Nations at the 2018 General Assembly. Log your service hours (any and all your service hours!) at Scout.org to add to the global count (and map) of scout service projects.
- Your service project can also be recognized with a patch as part of the Messengers of Peace program.
- Points: Take a short video of your service project and upload it here and you might be featured at the Jamboree!
- If you do a conservation-based project (@SDGs #12,13,14&15), it may count towards the World Conservation Award, a BSA award available for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers that is also a part of the International Spirit Award.
Meet the rest of our World Scouting Movement
- Participate in the 2019 Jamboree-on-the-Air or Jamboree-on-the-Internet. More info at jotajoti.info
- Choose a country and research how Scouting in that country is similar and different than Scouting in the USA.
- “Like” or “Follow” a social media group/page such as WOSM, a WOSM Region, or other international Scouting site and learn how Scouting is done in other countries.
- While at Summer camp, see if there are any international scouts staffing your camp. Ask them about scouting where they’re from.
- JOTA/JOTI is the largest WOSM event and it is also the closest to you. Every October, you can participate for free in JOTA/JOTI. Ask your local council where the nearest JOTA-participating amateur radio station is or organize your own JOTI event with your local scout group. Learn more here.
Get a feel for the World Jamboree Spirit
- Like or Follow the World Scout Jamboree United States Contingent or the World Scout Jamboree on social media, and engage with the Jamboree at home by watching the evening ceremonies or the live coverage during the day. Comment or ask questions via social media to engage in the experience. You can also find videos from past World Scout Jamborees or Moots, here for example.
- Attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia as a Day Visitor. For more details, visit: 2019wsj.org/attend/day-visitors/
- Watch the Jamboree’s Live Streams here.
Help support Scouting around the World
- Organize or donate to a World Friendship Fund collection at a unit meeting or district roundtable. More information here.
- Make a donation to support WOSM at: scout.org/donate_now
- Make a donation to the Interamerican Scout Foundation, which supports scouting in the Interamerican World Scouting Region (stretching from Canada through Chile)
Spread the word that you are part of the World Scouting Movement
- Take pictures or videos of your Scouting activities and share them on social media with the hashtag #JoinInJamboreeor #wsj2019. Search using the hashtag to see what others have done.
- Learn about ways you could engage in International Scouting on the BSA International Scouting Website. Considering attending one fo the upcoming World Scouting events listed there. Also, look up opportunities to serve on the European Scout Voluntary Program (Camp Staff in Europe), visit Kandersteg (Baden-Powell’s International Scout Camp in Switzerland) and travel to other international events.