2019 World Scout Jamboree: Dates, location, theme, logo

2019-World-Scout-Jamboree-logo-horizontalIn just four years, the Summit Bechtel Reserve will be at the center of World Scouting.

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.

2019-World-Scout-Jamboree-logo-circular2019 World Scout Jamboree logo

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?

Stay tuned to this blog, the SBR website, the WSJ 2019 Facebook page and the WSJ 2019 website.

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.

58 Comments

  1. Correction might be needed on the “anyone born on or after” date. It says July 22, 2005. Those born after that date will not be 14 yet when the Jamboree begins. I believe the date should be July 22, 2001. Looking forward to WSJ in 2019!!!!

  2. I’m excited that it will be close enough for a roadtrip (from Michigan) and we can plan to send my (current age) 12 year old son.

  3. I’d be really interested in ball park figures of how much this would cost. Probably the only World Jambo I would be able to afford to go to, or send my kids to.

        • Considering AT&T’s position as a donor and more importantly, Randall Stephenson’s role in the organization , there should have been a conscious effort to avoid the misconception. To be honest, it’s hard to believe NO ONE noticed the resemblance during the approval process. It seems corporate logos are springing up everywhere in our org these days. It’s just not something we should be engaged in.

      • I’m guessing Bryan, that he is referring to the world scout system of some nations being charged more to participants to help those in poorer nations to attend. At least that’s what I get from “same fees to attend” since the USA fees have always been higher.

        As to age, I cannot guess, since based on last WSJ it will be youth attendees from boy scouting and venturing, with adults staffing what will appear to be the largest staffed world scout jamboree in recent memory.

  4. Will Scouts and Scouters be able to visit just for a day as a visitor? I’ve gone to 2National Jamborees with my then Boy Scout nephew, just as a visitor. We were able to see exhibits, and visit our council’s area. I just found my patches they sold to visitors, and added them to my patch blanket. It would be great to take both my BoyScout grand nephew and my Girl Scout grandniece. After all, once a Scout, always a scout (boy or girl).

    • Since construction just started on the new visitors center, I am assuming visitors can come but will be limited to the visitors area. And probably pay for the privilege.

  5. Maybe the next step is…..”Scouts America”?
    ** Make sure all attending Scouts realize the TERRAIN of the Summit. It is NOT a flat area, not for 30K plus attendees….
    **And I hope the Consol Bridge has been stabilized. Or maybe even another bridge over that arroyo for camps A & B?
    **Transportation to and from the Summit is a large consideration. Nearest airport and Amtrak stations are to be considered. The nearest Amtrak Station is Thurmond, WVA, and please note, there is NO bus access from there. Scenic, historic, little town, but NO over the road coach can come into it. Roads and bridges will not permit. Gotta go further away from Summit for train connection, and most international travelers will be looking for the train connection.
    ** Gotta re-up my Rosetta Stone….
    Hola! Guten Tag! Bon Jour! Konichiwa!

    • I was at the Summit about a month ago and I just returned from the WSJ yesterday. The Consol bridge is stable but like everything else, susceptible to lightning. There is still the path underneath if you don;t want to use the bridge. We did a service project at the Thurmond station. The consensus by the employees was that the Prince/Beckley station was the better access to the Summit, not Thurmond. I think due to train schedules, the train option will not be seriously considered by many. It may be investigated by those used to rail travel but when they realize the situation most will not opt for it. I think most will fly into or out of DC or NYC to do sightseeing tours. Flying into Charleston less than an hour away is best for most folks going directly there. Buses will be plentiful during WSJ.

      The best keep secret for travelling to the Summit for the average Joe is renting a car from Enterprise at the airport and dropping it off at the Summit. They have an office at the Summit that was fifty yards from my tent. Just leave the car at your campsite parking and they will pick it up. I’m not suggesting this for Jamborees.

    • The age requirements haven’t been finalized. My mention “14 by the first day of the jamboree” is based on the requirements for previous world jamborees and should only be used as a guideline for now.

      • As an ASM of our Troop I would like to see if a boy who will be turning 14 a few months after that date can go if the ASM attending is their parent or legal guardian.

  6. Be warned there will be a U.S. Quota. I’m guessing interest will surpass slots available to the BSA. Are we looking at a lottery type system??

  7. I’m curious about the age issue. My son is in a den of Cub Scout bears. They were born in 2006. I recall attending a jamboree in my youth while camping there and enjoying the entertainment and activities that were set up as part of the festivities. Obviously I did not actually attend any of the official Boy Scout events as a participant but certainly enjoyed everything else that was going on as part of the jamboree. I recall it being similar to a world/state/county fair with the focus on scouting. I guess my question is this: Will younger scouts/families be able to attend in this capacity and experience the goings on or is it no longer as I recall?

  8. I was just talking to my son about the Jamboree. He is excited. Unfortunately, his birthday is October 10, 2005. Very disappointing.

    • The World Jamboree age restriction has been the same for a long time allowing most Scouts only one chance to attend as a Scout, when they are between the ages of 14 and 18. Those born after the deadline for 2019 will likely be able to go in 2023.

      In fact, it will probably be easier for American Scouts to go to the 2023 World Jambo, wherever it will be located, than the 2019. As someone previously stated, there will be a cap on how many American Scouts get to attend. Thus, it is likely that each council/region will have a quota for their contingents. In our Council, we are already discussing this issue in our International Committee & coming up with a selection process for our Scouts.

      • 2023 my grandson will just be turning 18.. he is missing this one because he turns 14 in November… If it is out of the country the cost is going to be so much more!! This is gonna be sad 🙁

  9. I am living here in USA/ NH unit (I’m Unit commissioner). I was a Boy Scout and leader in Brazil (I speak: Spanish, Portuguese)… I have many friends from Brazil and many scout groups are already making parties to save money to come here in the US Jamboree!
    And..I would like to be a volunteer and help in the BSA or WOSM: 24th. Jamboree! Be Prepared. For Life!

  10. I agree. As a lifetime Girl Scout and a Boy Scout Leader I believe it would strengthen both programs and give more opportunities to both the boys and girls especially if the families are involved in Scouting it makes it easier on parents .

  11. I will be 18 then becaus my birthday is 8 may 2001 but I have already collected money to go and now I see I can’t ? please let me go to WSJ 2019 !

  12. I have a question on the age range: what if the Scout’s 14th birthday falls in between July 22nd and August 2nd? My son will be 14 on July 29th, 2014.

  13. Ok, question on the date and 14 years old, My youngest son will be thirteen a few months shy of fourteen will he be able to accompany me not participate. My oldest son wants to volunteer and i want volunteer also. How do we go about volunteering.

  14. Are there any details on staffing this event? I was on BSA’s staff in 2013, and will be on the coming staff. Hope to be a part of the grand event in 2019.

  15. hello
    my name is Abderrhmane I participated in the jamboree 2015 in japane
    i want to participate IN 2019 as staff
    my question is

    How do I CAN register myself to participate as staff

    Via the Internet

  16. All along the years between 1981 and 2015 . I planned activities for Turkish scouts on WSJs and shared with our scouts and more with my global friends. I am still a member of TIF Turkey as a Asst. Trainer. Also I am a Messengers of Peace hero. I am a volunteer for TEMA (leading Envo Foundation with over 600,000 members in Turkey) and since 2011. I am a volunteer for UN FAO Youth an United Nations Global Alliance where I made workshops with some 2 thousand scouts in 5 years for 2019 I am looking forward to hear about Join in Jamboree program and I am sure that it will be very multıdimentional with 3 hosts this time and mop challenges UN FAO Yunga challenges Scout of the world projects and more

  17. Why the age limit? Is the Age set in stone? My son is a younger scout because of his birthday but not grade. My husband wanted to take both sons to the world jamboree since it will be in the states. One will be turning 13 but in boy scouts 3 years and the other will be turning 17 and an Eagle Scout. Both traveling with their Scoutmaster Father.

  18. I understand this is still early, however, I would like to inquire about food and accommodations for allergies. I understand it is a risk and difficult to make everything safe, therefore, can the coordinators consider having an area where people with allergies can bring and prepare their own food. This would alleviate concerns about liabilities and more scouts can participate safely. We are scouts and do know how to cook outdoors and leave no trace. Thank you

    • I attended the 2017 National Jamboree with my son who is allergic to a lot of foods (wheat barley rye egg nuts). I did take some food with me. There were no problems getting it in. I made arrangements ahead of time to use a refrigerator at the staff tent. I also stored some food that didn’t need refrigerated in a pod that the staff site had. All sounded good on paper, but someone threw some of it out and a another item was moved. I would suggest keeping it in a cooler and box of food at your own site. They were very stingy with ice though, even though they said in advance that there would be unlimited. My wife came to visit mid week and brought some more food with her (because it is difficult to keep enough stuff for the full 9 days fresh). That idea didn’t work out too good. We had made arrangements ahead of time, but it still took her about 4 hours to get through security. Then they would not allow her to come to the campsite (just the visitor area). So I had to meet her, get the cooler, leave her, walk back to the campsite, deal with the food, then I could then visit with the wife. There went another 1.5 hours. I attended as an assistant scoutmaster and was involved with the food for the entire troop so I was able to request certain things early in the week that my son could eat. I stashed some for later. The equipment supplied was sufficient for me to do cooking for my son without interfering too much with the others. At the national jamboree, I was with a troop in which everyone knew each other. At the world jamboree, that won’t be the case. It might be harder to get your point across to strangers. The grocery store did offer gluten free meals, but they weren’t much help because most of the breads,and baked goods contained other allergens. The name of the contact person in charge of food for the 2017 jamboree was Rick Diles. I have no idea if he will be in charge of the 2019. I hope this helps.

  19. In 1979, the World Jamboree was to be held in Iran. But due to the unrest it was decided to have regional Jamboree ‘s. Sweden was home to Dalajamb, Switzerland was home to Krystall 79. There was also one in Africa,South America, and Australia/New Zealand.

  20. Since there will certainly be more demand than available slots, one possibility would be to limit participation to Eagle Scouts. I went to the 1967 World Scout Jamboree from St. Louis Area Council. They required that any Scout be an Eagle Scout in order to be able to apply. This was my incentive to get my Eagle Rank completed while I was still 14. That and the $800 cost limited the number of applicants. Only 43 Scouts from this large council went to the Jamboree. I do not know how the finalists were selected beyond the application requirements.

    • Tom, I attended the 67 World Jamboree as a Life Scout from Indianapolis. Perhaps that requirement was one the St. Louis Area Council imposed on its contingent. Earned my Eagle in 1968,

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