The 2015 World Scout Jamboree is happening now, with 33,000 Scouts and Scouters from around the world having the times of their lives.
The participants and staffers, including 1,600 from the BSA, are enjoying a cultural smorgasbord right now. They’re meeting people from other countries, sampling foreign cuisine and enjoying a number of on- and off-site activities.
Sounds awesome, but the good news is you don’t have to be in Japan to join the fun.
Here are five ways to follow along.
5. Watch the live feeds
Thanks to WSJ sponsor Canon, you can watch one of four live feeds of the 2015 World Scout Jamboree. Go here to check it out.
4. Follow along on Facebook
Troop 70302 is one of several World Scout Jamboree troops from the United States. They’ve got a Facebook page where members are posting photos, videos and observations.
Here’s a nice summary of the scene so far, through the eyes of Troop 70302:
And here’s a cool video that gives you a glimpse of WSJ life:
3. Watch the opening ceremony (and more) on YouTube
Our friends at the UK Scout Association posted the complete opening ceremony on YouTube. Watch it below.
World Scouting’s YouTube channel has lots of great WSJ videos, too.
2. Keep up on Twitter, using #WSJ2015
Twitter is probably the best way to follow the action in real time. Start by following the official Twitter account of the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, @wsj2015.
Here are a few of my favorite Tweets so far:
— Hannah Kentish (@hpkentish) July 30, 2015
— World Scout Jamboree (@wsj2015) July 30, 2015
— World Scouting (@worldscouting) July 30, 2015
— UK Contingent (@ukcontingent) July 30, 2015
1. Check out the BSA’s Flickr page
BSA volunteer and photographer extraordinaire Randy Piland is posting photos every day on the BSA’s Flickr page. It’s a great look at the WSJ through the eyes of a BSA volunteer.
As a Scout in 1971, Piland attended the 13th World Scout Jamboree, also in Japan. He’s now back on staff, so this is an extra-special experience for him.
Here’s Piland with some Mexican Scouts:
And here are a few of his photos so far: