Scouts from the United States, Canada and Mexico will welcome Scouts from around the planet at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, held at the BSA’s new West Virginia adventure base.
This world Scout jamboree is special because it’s a team effort. It’s hosted by Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México and the Boy Scouts of America.
Today’s youth members of the BSA have never had a world Scout jamboree in their country — or continent — in their lifetimes. So this is a big deal. The last world Scout jamboree in North America was in 1983 in Alberta, Canada. The last time the U.S. hosted a world Scout jamboree was in 1967 at Farragut State Park in Idaho. Mexico has never hosted.
In 2011, I mentioned that the World Scout Conference had selected SBR as 2019 host. And now, as first reported on Scouting Newsroom, we have the official dates, theme and logo for the next world jamboree.
2019 World Scout Jamboree dates
Mark your Scouting calendars now for July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019.
2019 World Scout Jamboree theme
The theme, “Unlock a New World,” speaks to the new adventures, cultures and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from 161 National Scout Organizations representing 223 countries and territories around the world.
The 2019 World Scout Jamboree logo represents the friendship and unity of World Scouting. The globe-shaped design consists of multicolor ribbons featuring the official colors of the national flags of the three host countries and the purple of the World Scouting movement.
Notice the ribbons reaching out to the right? They’re reaching out toward the World Crest, which represents World Scouting. The message: “Welcome, world! We’re glad you’re here.”
How do I register?
Registration specifics for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree haven’t been finalized.
We can take a clue from the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan, which just ended. That event set the age range for youth at 14 but not yet 18. Venturers ages 18 to 20 (and any Scouter 18 and up) could attend as part of the International Service Team.
We’ll know more details in the coming months and years, but it’s safe to bet that if your son or daughter will be at least 14 by July 22, 2019, he or she will be able to attend or serve on staff, known in world jamboree parlance as the International Service Team.
In other words, anyone born on or before July 22, 2005, can — and should — make plans to be there. I’ll share more specifics on registration requirements as soon as I have them.
Where do I learn more?
World Scout Jamboree locations
I have bolded the North American world jamborees.
- 1920: United Kingdom
- 1924: Denmark
- 1929: United Kingdom
- 1933: Hungary
- 1937: Netherlands
- 1947: France
- 1951: Austria
- 1955: Canada
- 1957: United Kingdom
- 1959: Philippines
- 1963: Greece
- 1967: United States
- 1971: Japan
- 1975: Norway
- 1983: Canada
- 1987-88: Australia
- 1991: South Korea
- 1995: Netherlands
- 1998-99: Chile
- 2002-03: Thailand
- 2007: United Kingdom
- 2011: Sweden
- 2015: Japan
- 2019: United States (co-hosted with Canada and Mexico)
- 2023: To be determined
Photo of the 2015 World Scout Jamboree by Randy Piland. See more of his photos in this album.