2019 World Scout Jamboree registration is now live

The U.S. contingent logo for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

The theme of the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is “Unlock a New World.”

Now you’ve got the keys.

Registration for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is live. This means prospective youth participants, adult volunteers and staffers — known in World Scout Jamboree parlance as the International Service Team (IST) — can register to join the adventure.

The quadrennial event, held at the BSA’s high-adventure base in West Virginia and co-hosted with Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México, will be the first World Scout Jamboree in the United States in more than half a century.

This historic event will be held July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019.

The World Scout Jamboree (hereafter WSJ) will welcome 50,000 Scouts and leaders from 169 different countries. They’ll gather to meet friends from around the world, develop mutual understanding and sharpen their leadership skills. They’ll do all that at the BSA’s newest high-adventure destination, where a playground of world-class adventure venues awaits.

This means you might climb next to a Croatian, skateboard with a South African or paddleboard with a Paraguayan.

Who is eligible

Participation is open to eligible men and women who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. WSJ units will be organized on a regional — not council — basis.

As I mentioned in August, the BSA contingent will include 10,000 people — the largest contingent the BSA has ever sent to a WSJ. The total will encompass Scouts/Venturers, adults and staff.

That will break down like this:

  • 7,200 youth participants and adult leaders
    • Youth participants: Boys and girls age 14 to 17 on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday between July 22, 2001, and July 21, 2005)
    • Adult leaders: Age 18 or older on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday before before July 22, 2001)
  • 2,700 members of the International Service Team (the name for staff at the WSJ)
    • Adults age 18 or older on the first day of the Jamboree. (Birthday before before July 22, 2001)
  • 100 members of the Contingent Management Team
    • These volunteers have already been selected.

Even though the BSA’s presence at the WSJ will be large, we’ll make up only one out of every five people at the event. That means approximately 80 percent of Jamboree attendees will be from one of more than 160 other countries planning to attend.

Yes, 10,000 seems like a lot, but interest is expected to surpass the number of available spots.

Translation: Apply as soon as you can.

When to apply

The U.S. contingent application opened Nov. 1, 2017.

How to apply

Individuals interested in being youth participants, adult leaders or IST will complete an online application.

Applications will be reviewed on both a council and national level.

Use this link: https://wsj2019.us/apply

What’s the 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.

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)

The IST fee will include all of the items noted above except for 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: Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., the Amtrak station in Prince, W.Va., and the Ruby Welcome Center in Mt. Hope, W.Va..

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

Some notes:

  • *Early Bird discount: Applicants who submit a $250 deposit between Nov. 1, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, and make all additional payments on time will have a $100 discount applied to their last payment.
  • Tours: In an effort to reduce costs, there will be no pre- or post-Jamboree tours.

Selection process


Participants will be notified by unit leadership if they have been accepted or are being put on a waiting list. If they are put on a waiting list, they will continue to pay according to the payment schedule. Applicants on the waiting list that are not ultimately selected will receive a full refund (including their initial deposit).


There will be four leaders per unit, and acceptance timing will be based on the filling of youth in the units that have been allocated to each region. Leaders will continue to pay, according to the payment schedule, even if they have not been confirmed.

BSA area and regional leadership will select leaders based on the leader qualifications. Leader applicants who are not ultimately selected will receive a full refund. If a unit leader applicant is not selected for a unit leadership position, he or she is encouraged to apply for the International Service Team. Once that modification is made in their application, selection for IST positions would be handled by the Host Committee.

IST (International Service Team)

Once approved by their local council and the U.S. contingent leadership, the application will be sent to the WSJ organizers (host). The host will notify the applicant of acceptance and job assignment. Some assignments will likely be given in 2018 and some in 2019. The applicant will need to continue to pay as per the fee schedule above. If an applicant is not ultimately accepted, he or she will receive a full refund.


Partial scholarships will be available, based on need. If received, these scholarships will be applied to the final payments.

More details on this will be out by Dec. 31, 2017.

Where to learn more

Go here.

Photos from 2015 World Scout Jamboree, by Randy Piland


      • The fee represents a 100% increase over the National Jamboree if you include the early bird discount, and there are three additional days over the National Jamboree (USA arrives on Sunday instead of Wednesday), a 30% increase. Combine that with meeting and working with Scouts from all over the world, many of whom couldn’t come if they had to pay the same amount as the category D countries, yes.

    • The fees are set by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), NOT BSA. WOSM has set up a fee schedule based on a country’s GDP that allows all to attend – the wealthier countries subsidize the poorer countries.

      • Yes, but the WOSM fee is only $1,275 for participants. The BSA has added an additional $1,175 (or $1,275 if you live in the Western region) for its expenses. I think an explanation is going to be needed to be provided to families why the large amount. When you consider there will be no side trips and the extra fee is only supposed to cover travel expenses and meals from the hub city to The Summit, I can easily see families asking what the extra money is for. You can’t tell me that for someone living in one of the states surrounding West Virginia, for example, that it’s going to cost an extra $1,000+ to get them to The Summit. I think you’d have a hard time justifying an extra $1,000+ to get someone from the west coast to The Summit. It doesn’t cost $1,000 a person to fly from Los Angeles to West Virginia, even if you throw in meals and a bus ride from the airport to The Summit.

        Our council’s National Jamboree contingent was a 5-hour drive from The Summit, and we got everyone there for only $450 above the $975 fee national charged everyone for the Jamboree, and that included extras like duffels, patches, activity shirts, etc.

        • The intent of WSJ is to bring scouts from every country of the world to one place. Contingents from the USA are paying for the privilege of meeting scouts from parts of the world where financial resources are limited.

          Compare it to a junket to fly to all of the countries represented at WSJ, and cost comes into perspective.

          That said, it would be nice to see a breakdown of fees.

        • Yes, there needs to be a breakdown of that fee. There’s no way that it will cost over $1,000 to transport someone from a hub city to The Summit, regardless of where you live. The BSA needs to explain why they’re adding so much extra cost to the WOSM fee. If you were getting the “extras” that council contingents did for the National Jamboree, like the duffel bags, side trips, t-shirts, etc., that’s one thing, but the BSA’s own material says that the fee is supposed to only be for transportation and means to/from the hub city and The Summit.

        • Tipdog, US jamboree contingent fees also come with incidentals (e.g. uniforms, patches, trading items) not unlike this continent kit. That can’t possibly explain the differential.

          Readers would like to know: What is WSJ’s charge to a BSA participants? What is the estimated transportation cost? What is the budget for the contingent kit.

          As far as WOSM’s fee, here is the published sliding scale: https://www.2019wsj.org/jamboree-fee/

        • Tipdog, the Contingent Kit is part of the $1,275 that WOSM is charging. We need an explanation from BSA on the breakdown of that additional $1,175 they’re charging. The BSA’s extra, as they have explained, is only supposed to be for travel and meals to/from the hub cities to The Summit. No side trips, no extras.

        • cbv693, no, the “contingent kit” is part of what BSA is charging on top of the WOSM fee.

          Yes, the WOSM fee probably includes a necker or 2, and event participant patches – at least it has in the past.

          The “contingent kit” will have the specific BSA-branded items for the US contingent. In the past, this has included a duffle bag and daypack, and some neckers and patches.

        • That’s not how it was described to us. (I’m the WSJ rep for my council, so I’ve been getting the communications from our region reps on it, as it’s my job to promote WSJ within my council). The WOSM fee of $1,275 ($1,212 if you register early) for “D” countries covers basically everything that was covered with the National Jamboree fee: tents, cots, cooking gear, food, and all your activities.

          The extra $1,200+, we were told, being charged by the BSA for the WSJ, is for transportation and food to/from the hub cities and The Summit. Nothing more. The WOSM fee is supposed to be analagous to the $975 that was charged by The Summit to attend the National Jamboree: it’s the cost per person to put on the WSJ.

          From the PowerPoint that I got to use as a promotion, it says that the BSA will produce a price that will include, “the expenses we [the BSA] will have bringing our contingent to the WSJ.”

          I will stand corrected if this information is wrong, but that is the information that has been provided to me as a council WSJ rep.

        • From the FAQ’s on wsj2019.us
          “Pricing for the WSJ can be found on the APPLY page. Cost is based on the WSJ fee, which is set by WOSM plus travel cost (which vary by region), Contingent gear (neckers, patches, etc…) and administrative costs.”


        My son would have to sell $7,500 worth of popcorn in order to attend (and that’s assuming he’d get ALL the troop’s commission, and that doesn’t leave anything to pay for dues or any other troop camping). How the **** will any kids afford to go?

        • My son got 50% commission on popcorn sales through the council contingent to pay for National Jamboree this past summer (and council contingent high adventure trips). That greatly offsets the cost for us, plus we do fundraising activities all year long (cleaning up after sporting events, selling hockey programs, working concessions at a small arena), bussing tables at churches and clubs. Talk to your council; many don’t realize there are funding opportunities.

        • I can understand helping others but what about the ones that have 2 and 3 siblings that all want to go. Not sure how they afford to go. I’m a 3 hour drive away and we still have the crazy amount 2400.00 x 3 boys! What is a family to do??

        • If your are registered as a non profit, which u should be what ever your fundraisers are and what is made it is not supposed to go into a specific scout account. It against IRS rule laws. It has Togo to general fund. An be dispersed equally with all scout s.

    • I appreciate your hyperbole. $2500 is mighty salty for a week of memories for a scout. Might not be so easy to recruit the 10,000.

  1. Any info on Operation Arrow staff? My son did it this year and was excited to staff again at World. I considered staffing as well… it’d be fun, but not $1700 worth of fun!

  2. Just submitted my registration. Honored to have worked NSJ 2017, looking forward to the opportunity to work the WSJ in 2019.

  3. Having prepped the ‘13 Jamboree & participated @ the ‘13 & ‘17 World Scout Moots, I’m HIGHLY recommending all eligible Americans to apply ASAP. This leaves lifelong, lifestrong memories & influences scouting trails unlike any other course in a Scout’s lifetime!

  4. Thrilled to see members of Western Region Troop 308 at the WSJ in Japan above (blue t-shirts in photo above “Selection process”). Those Scouts and myself (as a unit leader in 2015) would argue that attending a World Jamboree (as participant, adult volunteer or IST member) is worth every penny and a completely different experience from a National Jamboree.

    • I found one of those hats while I was out and about on-site, turned it in to BSA contingent HQ, hopefully the Scout got it back.

  5. Having been an adult Venturing crew adviser at the WSJ in Sweden, it by far was my best long term camping experience. I was told by a wise old leader that this is not a once in a lifetime experience, BUT A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE, and IT WAS for the youth in my Venturing Crew and myself. you can’t put a price on that.

  6. I was on the emergency medical staff for both 2013 and 2017. I was told that for this jamboree only US residents with licensure from a US organization (MD, RN, EMT, Paramedic or similar) would be eligible for medical due to WV requirements. Is there any clarification on that? I was asked by international members at 2017 if they were medical professionals if they would be eligible to do medical at world.
    Also, is the organization for EMS/Medical changing for this jamboree?

  7. You said the WOSM thinks families from richer countries should subsidize families from poorer countries, but there’s no way any middle-class American children can afford to go! Only the very wealthiest Americans can afford such a ridiculously high price, and that’s not what scouting should be about. It would take a decade of selling popcorn to earn enough money to self-fund it. There are very wealthy families in other countries — to be fair, the children of Saudi oil barons should be subsidizing the children of unemployed West Virginia coal miners. This is a “world jamboree” in name only, because ordinary Americans cannot afford to attend. That is not in the spirit of scouting.

    • Yes this is big ticket scouting. If any of you know of a scout who would be an ideal representative if the BSA, but finances constrain him, do your best to contribute to his expenses.

      Some scouts around the world are in such straights that even the discounted price would be far out of reache. There are those who underwrite the costs of their scouts’ travel to Jambo, but that’s no easy ticket. Only the most active and ideal representatives of scouting in their country may go. Which demands that the youth show real commitment if the want to be selected to represent their country.

    • Middle class single mom here. My 14 yr old scout sells popcorn, rakes leaves, busses tables, sells programs at hockey games and a host of other ways to pay for high adventure. Our local council allows scouts a 50% commission on popcorn sales (through council contingent, not the the troop sales) to participate in HA. My scout has skin in the game, plus I work various scout fundraisers during the year. Talk to your council.

    • From the USA Contingent FaceBook page:

      “For a 12 year old girl, who will be 14 at time of Jamboree, you/she will need to fill out a paper application, which will be available at your Council office. This is because the online process requires a Scouting.org ID number and non-members don’t have one of those. The paper application is not ready yet, but will be so very soon. Remember that Wed [November 1]is the opening day for applications, not closing day. We know that early registration ends Jan 31, 2018.

      You will need to contact your council directly and they will reach out to us at the national service center and we will generate a special link to take information.”

  8. I heard that if you volunteer as a medic (I am an EMT) that there is no fee. Can anyone verify that? There is no option to call or email a question..


    • This came from a 2017 NSJ Medical staffer’s FB page:


      From the desk of Dr. John Lea, Jamboree Medical Director

      Re: 2019 World Scout Jamboree July 22-August 2, 2019 Summit Bechtel Reserve

      Dear Scouter,

      Recruiting for medical staff for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree has officially begun. World Jamborees are one of Scouting’s best traditions. Scouting is a brotherhood that speaks to all Scouts and Scouters around the world. World Scout Jamborees represent the diversity of the international Scouting movement. The World Scout Jamboree is an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills. This Jamboree experience will extend beyond our local Councils-and beyond the boundaries of countries-to create a global adventure that will last a lifetime!

      The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is the 24th World Jamboree and is hosted by North America – Scouts Canada, the BSA, and Asociación de Scouts de México. The 2019 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.

      Held in a different country every 4 years, the home of the 2019 World Jamboree will be The Summit Bechtel Reserve. For more information regarding the Jamboree visit https://www.2019wsj.org/. The last World Jamboree held in the USA was in Idaho in 1967.

      Registration is now open and on-line, click here to register. This is a big event expecting approximately 50,000 staff and participants. It takes a considerable amount of planning and support. Medical Services needs 750 healthcare professionals and support staff. If you are a doctor, nurse, EMT, medical tech, or are interested in medical support staff, I would like to have you on our team for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. I am also looking for those experienced in Mental Health and Listening Ear (a team of experienced adult volunteers who give welcome support or their “listening ear” to participants and adults who need to talk to someone) and I would like to have you on the team as well.
      You will be volunteering to join an international staff of committed Scouters. Serving on staff is a rewarding experience that allows you to help young men and women from around the world have a Jamboree they’ll never forget. And, it’s not all work. You’ll get time off from your medical responsibilities to enjoy the Jamboree fun. Please consider applying for a position on the World Jamboree Medical Staff.
      When selecting staff choices for Medical Staff, you have 2 options – “Medical/Clinical EMS” or “Medical/Mental Health/Listening Ear”. Depending on your interest select one or the other for all 3 choices. If you have any questions contact me at 2019wsjmed@gmail.com.

      Dr. John Lea
      Jamboree Medical Director
      24th World Scout Jamboree

      Facts and Figures – BSA Contingent Members, 2019 WSJ Medical Service
      For the World Scout Jamboree, BSA Medical Staff must apply as IST (International Service Team) members. Once the application for staff is complete and the deposit is received, the individual’s application is reviewed by their NSO (National Scout Organization; i.e. BSA local Council) for approval. Following NSO approval, the application is reviewed by the WSJ and is then placed in the 1st Choice category for selection by the WSJ Medical Services Executive Committee, after selection the committee then assigns the individual to a team within Jamboree Medical Services.

      · Participants: July 22, 2019 – August 2, 2019
      · Staff: July 15, 2019 – August 3, 2019 (these dates are negotiable)

      Licensure and Malpractice:
      · All staff are required to agree to a Non-Disclosure Confidentiality Agreement.
      · Clinical Staff are required to qualify for a Summit Health Services Permit. If you are completely retired from practice, you must have practiced within 3 years of the Jamboree. To qualify for a Summit Health Services Permit you will be asked to submit up-to-date documentation of your US State License and other qualifying documents.
      · Malpractice is provided by professional liability insurance through “New World 2019” (the contracting entity of the World Scout Jamboree).

      Fees – submitted on-line to the BSA
      International Service Team (IST) fee will include housing in a 4-person wall tents and with cots. Staff will eat in the staff dining hall and have lunches that are portable and do not require cooking. Transportation and travel related expenses are not included. Transportation getting to and back from a “Gateway City” 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 “Gateway Cities” (see below).
      *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.
      Transportation “Gateway Cities”
      · Yeager Airport (CRW) – Charleston, WV
      · Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CTL) – Charlotte, NC
      · Amtrak Station – Prince, WV
      · Ruby Welcome Center – Mt. Hope, WV”

  9. When can staff applicants apply and where do we apply interested in serving in the Barrels Shooting Sports section. Served in the 2013 and 2017 thanks Trenton Spears

  10. A $2800.00 fee (discounted $100.00 for early registrations) for 13 days at the WSJ seems a bit exorbitant. That doesn’t even cover airfare and/or transportation to and from a Hub site.

    We just took a Troop from the west coast to the 2017 Jamboree for $2750.00.

    That included round trip airfare ($650.00), 6 days of touring from New York City, to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Charlottesville, and all sites in between. Hotels, all meals, event/venue entry fees – all included and the ten days at the Jamboree.

    The 2017 Jamboree fee was $975.00. Adding three days to the WSJ and fransportion from and to Hub (priced regardless of which Hub you use) does not explain why $2800.00 is considered a reasonable fee.

    Stating that it is a chance to interact with people from other countries is not enough. (We did that at the 2017 Jamboree in Camp “F” (Venturing) at a much lower cost per person.)

    I agree with the others. An explanation & breakdown of the fee increase would go a long way towards making everyone more comfortable about writing a check for this event.

  11. Stating that the WOSM sets the fees is a red herring excuse for such a large cost. If it is true that the WOSM fee for the US is $1,275, then THAT is the cost of feeding and housing individuals for the entire jamboree timeline as well as providing the physical costs of the program for those X days. THAT seems reasonable (IMO).

    Subsequently, that means the BSA is charging $1,175 (more if you’re from the West) PER PERSON to get an individual from a hub city to the site and back home. That seems much more than required. This is much more than it would cost an individual if they paying their own way – and there certainly must be economies of scale in moving that many people as a group – this would further reduce the cost.

    Stating that the cost is reasonable for an tremendous experience and memories attempts to disconnect the cost for services provided from what is being charged. It directly indicates it is acceptable for the BSA to charge more than it costs to provide services because of the experience. In a for-profit business, perhaps ok… but for the BSA?

    We should remember that the BSA is a business. Presumably a non-profit business, but a business. Unless a breakdown of costs is provided, we must presume that the BSA is charging more than it costs to provide the service in order for them to make a profit on the WJ. Perhaps they’ll use these funds to subsidize other programs. Whether or not that is acceptable is a larger question.

  12. I worked the Shooting Sports Staff for the 2017 NSJ. Hard work, but rewarding in many ways. Submitted my application for the WSJ. More hard work, but it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this 67 year old Scouter.

  13. I have a Scout who turns 18 in the first half of July 2019. Will there be 3rd ASM positions for these Scouts to register for? I myself have served as IST and understand the difference in experience between IST and Contingent. I want to encourage the Scout to attend, but want to be clear about opportunity.

  14. If you expect me to work on staff, have done 8 jambos on staff, then $850 would be reasonable. As a staff member with no time off to see the jamboree $2500 to sit from 8am to 5 pm, no lunch is not my idea of a good time. Why is the western region being penalized an extra $300? Have been invited to work staff but not at $2500 + uniforming + transportation etc.

    • If somebody asked you to apply for staff (IST) – it’s approximately $1,800.00 vice $2,500.00

      From https://wsj2019.us/faq/

      “International Service Team (IST) – The IST fee will include all of the items noted above except for 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

  15. I heard from our Council that we have been awarded a spot for 1 Contingency Troop – 36 boys – that will attend. Do our boys apply through the Council or the link above? If it’s the link above, how will the Council know they have been approved/selected to attend?

    • As far as I know, there’s none at the Summit itself. You’ll have to do some searching online for RV parks in the local communities.

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