The Korea Scout Association (KSA) will host the 25th World Scout Jamboree in 2023. Image used under Creative Commons licensing from World Scouting.

Cooking Preview – Food Distribution at the Jamboree

Remember Matt May from earlier this summer? Matt is back in a new video to talk about the innovative food system that will be used for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.


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This food distribution system, tested at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, gives more power to the participants to choose the foods which they will be cooking and eating. As one enthusiastic scout said in an interview with Bryan Wendell of Bryan On Scouting, “We can ask the troop, ‘do you want burgers or do you want tacos?’ We can get what we want.”

Rather than providing a preset menu for units to collect before each meal, as has been the case at previous jamborees, at the 24th World Scout Jamboree will run “grocery stores” where participants can pick and choose which foods they would prefer. Participants will go to their subcamp food store, select the food items they would like, scan each item using a specially built smartphone app, and then check out with an IST member on their way back to camp.

“Instead of money, Jamboree troops [will] use points to buy groceries from a Costco-style store within their subcamps. Inside these large, white tents are shelves of staples like bread, ketchup and breakfast cereal. Each item has a point value: 5 points for a bottle of mustard, 25 points for a big box of Nutri-Grain bars, 20 points for a giant jar of marinara sauce.”

Bryan Wendell, Bryan on Scouting

Not only will this give participants more freedom with their food choices, it will also provide valuable experience in budgeting money (or points in this case) and planning menus. To learn more about the trial of this system at the 2017 National Jamboree, see Bryan Wendell’s blog post here. To download the above video for your own Jamboree promotional uses, go to our


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The post was originally posted on December 12, 2017 by

Ben Beese

Contingent Young Adult Webmaster

The post was originally posted on December 12, 2017 by

Ben Beese

Contingent Young Adult Webmaster

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