Help wanted: Staff still needed in these areas at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

Summer 2018 has just begun, but excitement continues to build for next summer’s premier Scouting event.

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is less than 400 days away, and it’s not too late to join this global Scouting celebration happening in our backyard.

The event is July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Your presence is especially welcome on staff — known in World Scout Jamboree speak as the International Service Team, or IST.

The IST is open to men and women age 18 and older, and it’s truly an international group. You’ll work shoulder to shoulder with fellow volunteers from dozens of different countries.

Which IST positions are available?

There are IST openings in most areas, but help is especially wanted in the medical and program sectors.

Some, but not all, of the positions require special certifications or licenses. Take a look at the list below, and lend your service for two weeks of Scouting fun.

Medical positions available:

For more info about these positions, contact

  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nurse
  • Advance Practice Nurse (NP, CNS)
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Mental Health Staff
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Technician/Aide
  • Licensed Counselor

Program positions available:

For more info about these positions, contact

Note: Specific certifications needed are listed below each area.

  • The Rocks/Boulder Cove
    • Climbing Level 1
    • Climbing Level 2
    • Cope and Climbing Program Manager
    • National Camp School Climbing Director Certification
  • The Ropes/Action Point/The Canopy
    • COPE Level 1
    • COPE Level 2
    • Cope and Climbing Program Manager
    • National Camp School COPE Director Certification
  • Aquatics
    • Certified SCUBA instructor and/or Divemaster
    • Certified Lifeguards
    • Aquatics Instructor, BSA

Logistics positions available:

  • Rescue EMS

Additional positions available:

  • Communications / Social Media / Reporters
  • Video
  • Leadership Development Program
  • Technology
  • Cultural Celebrations

For more information about these additional positions, email

How to apply for IST

Visit this site to learn more and apply.

What’s the cost?

The fee for International Service Team members is $1,800.

IST will bunk in four-person wall tents with cots, eat in the staff dining hall and have lunches that are portable and do not require cooking.

The IST fee does not include transportation to or from the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

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