Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to common questions about the 2019 World Scout Jamboree – USA Contingent
What is the World Scout Jamboree?
How is a World Scout Jamboree different than a National Scout Jamboree?
The focus at a World Jamboree is more on meeting people from different cultures and countries than doing high-adventure activities. While, you will have plenty of opportunities to zip-line, ride mountain bikes, and take advantage of the adventure programs at the Summit, you will also have many opportunities to meet new friends and learn what Scouting and life are like in other countries.
The World Scout Jamboree has unique programs for participants to learn about different cultures, sustainability, peace and community service. These activities are intended to give participants an opportunity to learn new things and to build new friendships.
Additionally, most National Scout Organizations have both men and women participants, so about half of the WSJ participants are girls and women.
What is daily life like at the Jamboree?
Who can attend the World Scout Jamboree?
I'm a girl who will be 14 at the time of Jamboree. Can I go?
How much will WSJ cost?
USA Contingent Cost
Participants and Leaders – The participant and unit leader fee includes registration for the Jamboree, meals at the Jamboree, tents, and patrol and cooking gear. The fees also cover appropriate travel expenses (including food) between “Hub Cities” and the Jamboree. An appropriate number of “Hub Cities” will be identified across the continental United States depending on the distribution of youth and leaders that make up the various units. Applicants will be responsible for the costs to get themselves to and from these “Hub City” locations. The USA Contingent will not have pre or post touring in order to keep the cost down and allow more participation to this once in a lifetime opportunity.
|Region||Early Bird Discount*||Regular Fee|
International Service Team (IST) – The IST fee will include all of the items noted above except for transportation and travel related expenses. Transportation to and from the Jamboree will be the responsibility of the IST member based on when they need to report or depart from their staff assignment. The World Jamboree Organizers (Host) will provide transportation to and from a limited number of Gateways to the jamboree site. Those Gateway locations are identified as Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC, the AMTRAK station in Prince, WV, and the Ruby Welcome Center in Mt. Hope, WV.
|Early Bird Discount*||Regular Fee|
|International Service Team||$1,700||$1,800|
*Early Bird Discount – applicants who submit a $250 deposit between November 1, 2017, and January 31, 2018, and make all additional payments on time will have a $100 discount applied to their last payment.
For payment schedule, go to wsj2019.us/apply/
Any payment made after March 15, 2019, is subject to an additional $50 late fee.
For information on the Contingent Refund Policy, see here.
Are there Scholarships Available?
A partial scholarship is available based on need. More information and an application link can be found on the Scholarship Page.
How can I apply for the 24th World Scout Jamboree?
I'm looking for a step by step guide to the application process.
What is the Selection Process?
The Boy Scouts of America is limited to the number of participants and International Service Team Members it can send to a World Jamboree. Based on anticipated participation, space could be limited. Additionally, organizing a contingent of this size takes time. If you have submitted your application and not heard back yet, please be patient.
IST – Once approved by their local Council and the USA Contingent leadership, the application will be sent to the World Jamboree Organizers (Host). The Host will notify the applicant of acceptance and job assignment. Some assignments will likely be given in 2018 and some in 2019. The applicant will need to continue to pay as per the fee schedule above. If an applicant is not ultimately accepted, they will receive a full refund.
Who will decide on who is selected to go as a participant or as a unit leader?
There are many levels of approval to participate in any capacity, including your local council, and BSA Area and National teams. There are no “Golden Tickets” to attend the World Jamboree. That is, there is not a set of qualifications that guarantee attendance at the World Jamboree. The registration order may be taken into account, but it is not “first come, first serve.”
When will those decisions be made?
Decisions on members are made on a rolling basis, as applications are received. The timing could vary by Region/Area.
Participants and Unit Leaders will hear from Contingent leadership if and when they have been selected. IST applicants are selected by the Host Team and may not hear until 2018 or 2019.
What is IST and How Do I Serve on Staff?
More Questions about IST (Staff)
I have been staffing the past XX number of BSA NSJs. That means I’ll get a spot on staff,
Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. While previous experience is absolutely a consideration, it is not a golden ticket. The World Scout Jamboree is staffed by Scouters from around the world and NSOs are limited in the number of staff that can attend.
What does an IST member do?
Just like any NSJ, program and operational responsibilities still have to be fulfilled. Think of any job to make a 50,000-person city come alive, and it’ll likely be there! You can find a more specific list of IST positions on our resources page.
When will I know what job I have as IST?
It takes a lot of specialized skills to host a World Jamboree experience. The Jamboree Host committee plans to make as many IST assignments as possible in advance of arrival at the Jamboree site. Consideration of factors such as a candidate’s skills, areas of interest, and experience will likely figure into the selection process. IST prospects will need to be cleared by their NSO before they can be considered for appointment to the IST. Please note that the primary role of IST is to serve the youth by helping deliver the World Scout Jamboree experience.
When will IST members need to arrive? When will IST members need to leave?
The Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia July 22 to August 2, 2019. BSA IST members arrival and departure dates may vary depending on their position.
Will I be able to attend only half of the WSJ as an IST member, similar to BSA’s National
At this time, the answer is probably not. Staffing at a World Jamboree is different due to many factors. However, the ultimate decision for IST staff and schedules will be decided by the Host team and we will let you know if we learn of shorter team staff opportunities.
What do the Adult Leaders Do?
How can I get more information about the USA Contingent?
I want to talk to a real human being. How can I do that?
How will we travel to the WSJ?
The participants and unit leaders from the USA Contingent will arrive on July 21st and depart August 2nd. The BSA arrival day is a day earlier than the other contingents so that our contingent can help the Jamboree Organizers (Host) welcome other participants and leaders from around the world.
Participants and unit leaders must travel with the USA Contingent from their “Hub City” to the Jamboree. “Hub Cities” will be in the continental USA (i.e. those coming from Alaska, Hawaii, Far East Council, and Transatlantic Council may need to provide their own means of transportation to and from the “Hub city”). More travel information will be available as the Jamboree draws nearer.