No matter what you call it, teamwork works

As it turns out, teamwork is universal.

In my first few days serving on the staff of the Viking section at the World Scout Jamboree, I’ve seen teams collaborate in innovative and fun ways. They come from different countries and speak different languages, but they share an implied understanding that the team is greater than the sum of its parts. Patrol after patrol made it clear that Baden-Powell had the right idea more than a hundred years ago.

There’s definite implications for Scouting in the United States, too. If the Scouts from your unit think they’re dissimilar, they’re wrong. Like the Scouts I’ve seen here, your guys can come together as a patrol and succeed under your guidance.

At my group’s corner of the Viking world in the Quest area, patrols use A-frames attached to ropes. As the picture shows, they must lower one of their members toward the dirt, where one brave (and trusting) patrol member stretches to grab some beanbags that are strategically placed on the ground. Continue reading


Scouts Canada shows off its redesigned uniforms

Check out what our neighbors to the north will be wearing this season.

On Friday, Scouts Canada, which will co-host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree with the Boy Scouts of America and Asociación de Scouts de México, unveiled a totally revamped uniform.

The 100,000-member organization says the new duds, designed by the clothing company Joe Fresh, were the product of a 5,000-member survey followed by extensive focus groups and market research. Continue reading

Have you seen the BSA’s contingent patch for the 2011 World Scout Jamboree?

Just a few minutes ago, the patch at left was delivered to my office. It’s the official 2011 World Scout Jamboree patch for the Boy Scouts of America’s contingent.

It’s more than just a cool-looking patch, though.

For me, it’s the first tangible sign that I’m actually going to this summer’s big event in Sweden.

I’ll be serving on staff, formally known as the International Service Team, in a position that I’ll find out at a later date.

I’ll post updates about my pre-jamboree preparation right here on the blog. And when 38,000 of us gather in Sweden this July, this blog will be your source for daily dispatches from me.

Read more about the 2011 World Scout Jamboree on the official site.

Mazzuca: Design for The Summit about ‘having a light footprint on the land’

Just a few months ago my Scouting magazine colleagues and I were taking the long walk down Thomas Road at Fort A.P. Hill.

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree seems like it was yesterday, but somehow, we’re already talking about the 2013 jamboree?

Man, time flies, doesn’t it?

As great as last summer’s event was, the BSA wants to make 2013′s spectacular even more special for Scouts, adult volunteers, and staff.

That’s the message from BSA leaders who visited the West Virginia site last week. The event was covered by the Charleston Gazette.

You’ll want to read the complete story at the link above, but here’s an excerpt about how The Summit will be eco-friendly:

Boy Scouts CEO Bob Mazzuca and national board member Jack Furst met Friday night with a “world-class” design team near the site of the future scouting center – called “The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.”

“The designers were just spectacular with their elegance,” Mazzuca said Saturday. “It’s all about sustainability, being earth-friendly and having a light footprint on the land.”

These are exciting times for The Summit. It’s the BSA’s fourth high-adventure base, will host the 2013 National Scout Jamboree (and beyond), and was just named host of the 2019 World Jamboree.

Follow the Summit on Twitter for up-to-the-second updates.

The Summit will host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree


The World Scout Conference announced today that The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

That means that for the first time in 52 years, the global Scouting extravaganza will be held in the United States. (The 1967 World Jamboree was held in Farragut State Park in Idaho.)

It also marks the first time since the 1983 World Jamboree in Calgary, Canada, that a North American site has been host.

The Summit, located in Beckley, W.Va., is the BSA's fourth national high-adventure base, and it already had been named the permanent home of future national Scout jamborees, starting with 2013's event.

But today's news that the site will host the 24th World Jamboree is a big boost for the base—and for Scouts and Scouters who will help welcome the world.

"Scouts who attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at The Summit will, for the first time at a world jamboree, be able to participate in whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. We are very pleased that the conference saw the wealth of new and exciting activities that will be available at this site and will make it available to young people in the program," said James Turley, international commissioner.

Though the jamboree will be held in the U.S., the selection isn't just a win for the Boy Scouts of America. The 2019 bid was a joint effort among three Scout organizations: the BSA, Scouts Canada, and Asociación de Scouts de Mexico.

The selection is a first for Asociación de Scouts de Mexico, which has never had the honor of hosting this global event.

"The Asociación de Scouts de Mexico is proud to join Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree," said association national president Omar Lugo Aguirre. "The opportunity before us is magnificent because the Asociación de Scouts de Mexico is a smaller Scout association and most likely would never host a world Scout jamboree on our own. Here, we will combine our talents and our cultures to bring what will prove to be one of the most incredible, successful jamborees ever."

Exactly 220 countries and territories in the world have Scout associations, and youth and adults from those countries who attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree can arrange pre-jamboree tours of Mexico and Canada before heading to West Virginia.

Like Mexico and the U.S., Canada will have its welcome mat out in 2019, said Mike Scott, international commissioner for Scouts Canada.

"There has always been a wonderful relationship between Scouts Canada, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Asociación de Scouts de Mexico," he said. "The planning process for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will help develop this friendship and spirit of cooperation even more. This event will involve and engage a huge number of our adult volunteer leaders and young people in a process that will immerse them in different cultures and cause them to be terrific ambassadors for Canada."  

Before The Summit plays host, though, Sweden will get its turn. The Scandinavian country will host the 2011 World Scout Jamboree this July. Japan is on deck for 2015.

Then it's on to North America! Congratulations to The Summit and to all three Scout organizations as you prepare to welcome the world in 2019.