Scholarship Information

Quick Info

  • The 24th World Scout Jamboree is set to be the most accessible World Scout Jamboree for US Scouts in history. Not only is it closer than past World Jamborees, the US Contingent is also making efforts to make it as affordable as possible for anyone.
  • Scholarships are available to cover up to 50% of the published Contingent Jamboree Fee.
  • Youth (ages 14-17), as well as Young Adult volunteers (18-26), are eligible to apply for scholarships.
  • Scholarship applications are due by 31 July 2018.
  • The Contingent Management Team hopes to announce scholarship recipients by 12 September 2018.
  • To access the scholarship application, see the button below.

 

Background

A World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is often a once in a lifetime experience for any Scout who attends.  With opportunities for camaraderie with Scouts from around the world, the WSJ is a unique cultural immersion experience that supports the World Organization of the Scouting Movement’s mission to create global citizens and educate young people.  The Contingent Management Team (CMT) of the USA Contingent to the 24th WSJ is committed to expanding this unique opportunity to as many young people as possible, regardless of their socioeconomic background or ability to pay the cost of attendance.  Therefore, a USA Contingent Scholarship program, based on financial need, has been developed to assist youth and young adults in their quest to attend a WSJ.

 

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship could potentially cover the requested amount, up to 50% of the published fee.

 

Who is Eligible for the Scholarship?

Those eligible to apply for a scholarship include:

  • Youth Participants – Any youth who has been approved to be a USA contingent member (ages 14-17 during the time of the Jamboree).
  • 3rd Assistant Scoutmasters that have been approved to serve and are between the ages of 18-26.
  • International Service Team (IST) and Contingent Management Team (CMT) members that have been approved to serve as either IST or CMT and are between the ages of 18-26.

 

Scholarship Application Process

The Scholarship application process will commence with an online application to allow each potential recipient to demonstrate their financial need.  An “Application Tip Sheet” is available under “Resources” on the USA Contingent Website at wsj2019.us. This tip sheet will list the questions that will be asked on the Scholarship Application and we highly recommend reviewing these before you start the process.

IMPORTANT – Applicants should ensure they are prepared to complete the application process once they log in to the system. You will only be allowed to enter this form one time. You will need your My.Scouting credentials to start the Scholarship Application Process.  For assistance with your My.Scouting credentials, contact the Member Care Contact Center at 972-580-2489, available Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm CST.

As part of the process, the local council will have the opportunity to review the application, give their consent to the Scholarship application, as well as a suggested scholarship amount.  Once the application process has closed, the Region/Area representative will then be required to review and approve the scholarship requests and rank the strength of the application.  Once each application has been ranked, the Region Coordinators will compile all the applications from their Regions and propose the scholarship amounts for each applicant.  Each Region Coordinator will submit their slate of scholarship recipients to the CMT for approval.  Recipients will be notified of the award amounts.

 

Timeline

  • March 1, 2018 – Scholarship application opens online
  • July 31, 2018 – Application process closes; to include Council approval and suggested scholarship amounts. Region/Area review commences.
  • August 31, 2018 – Regions/Areas to submit scholarship recommendations to CMT. CMT to commence final review for distribution.
  • September 12, 2018 – Target of Applicant notification of scholarship award amounts.

Before opening your application, please review the Scholarship Application Guide on the Resources page.

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
Northeast $2,400 $2,500
Central $2,400 $2,500
Southern $2,400 $2,500
Western $2,700 $2,800

International Service Team (IST) – IST will receive four-person wall tents and cots. Staff will eat in the staff dining hall and have lunches that are portable and do not require cooking. The IST fee does not include 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

Payment Schedule

  Application Deposit 1st Payment 2nd Payment Final Payment based on Early Bird Discount*
Participants and Leaders by 1/31/18 3/15/2018 9/15/2018 3/15/2019
Northeast $250 $850 $700 $600
Central $250 $850 $700 $600
Southern $250 $850 $700 $600
Western $250 $850 $850 $750
International Service Team $250 $600 $600 $250

*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.

See here for the Contingent Refund Policy.

Go to the Apply Page to submit a payment.

USA World Scout Jamboree Refund Policy

There are two groups for refunds: Participants (Youth and Adult) and IST (International Service Team)

Youth and Adult Participants – Participant Refund Policy:

If you are not chosen to be part of the 2019 World Jamboree Contingent or IST, you will receive a FULL refund. All requests for refunds due to personal cancellations are to be submitted in writing to uscontingent2019@scouting.org. All refund requests received before March 31, 2019, will be processed within six to eight weeks upon receiving the request. All refund requests received on or after April 1, 2019, will be processed six to eight weeks AFTER the close of the Jamboree.

  • If the request is from participants (contingent members):
    • 100% is refun dable through December 31, 2018 
    • $150 is nonrefundable from January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019
    • $250 is nonrefundable from April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019 
    • No fees are refundable in the case of requests received after June 30, 2019
IST Refund Policy:

If you are not chosen to be part of the 2019 World Jamboree Contingent or IST, you will receive a FULL refund.

Requests for refunds resulting from a change in the overall staffing needs of World Jamboree will be evaluated by U.S. Jamboree Administration on a case by case basis through April 30, 2019. If you are not chosen to be part of the 2019 World Jamboree International Service Team you will receive a FULL refund.

All requests for refunds due to personal cancellations are to be submitted in writing to uscontingent2019@scouting.org. All refund requests received before March 31, 2019, will be processed within six to eight weeks upon receiving the request. All refund requests received on or after April 1, 2019, will be processed six to eight weeks AFTER the close of the Jamboree. If you are selected you will not be eligible for a full refund.

In responding to such requests, the following decision framework will be adhered to:

  • In cases where the request involves shifting from Jamboree staff to contingent leadership (e.g., a registered IST member who is needed as a Jamboree contingent leadership member), a full refund will be made regardless of the date of the request.
  • Medical emergencies, natural disasters, and activation of military orders may entitle you to a refund. This will be decided on a case by case basis. Please submit your request in writing, along with supporting documentation to: uscontingent2019@scouting.org.
  • If the request is from any IST (Volunteer staff applicant):
    • If a position has not yet been offered, all submitted fees are refundable.
    • If a position has been offered, regardless if it was accepted or not:
      • 100% is refundable through December 31, 2018
      • $150 is nonrefundable from January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019
      • $250 is nonrefundable from April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019
      • No fees are refundable in the case of requests received after June 30, 2019