Four out of every five people at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be from a country that isn’t the United States.
That translates to excellent odds that members of the U.S. contingent will meet tons of Scouts from other countries during their 12 days next summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Participants will discover other cultures, try foreign food and learn how Scouting is the same — and different — in other parts of the world.
The latest registration numbers are in, and Scouts from 133 countries across six continents will unite at the World Scout Jamboree, which will be the first held on U.S. soil since 1967. The event runs from July 22 to Aug. 2.
Spending nearly two weeks at the BSA’s high-adventure base in West Virginia will be an awesome experience. But enjoying SBR with Scouts from around the world? That’s truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
Interested in joining the experience? It’s not too late to submit applications for youth participants (ages 14 to 17) and the International Service Team (the term used for staff, age 18 or older, at the World Scout Jamboree).
All of the BSA’s slots for unit leaders (18 and up) are full.
Can’t make it for the whole time? Visitor day passes will be available early next year.
How many people have signed up so far?
As of this writing, 45,418 people are going to the World Scout Jamboree.
That includes 31,025 Scouts, 3,517 unit leaders, 1,170 members of the contingent management team and 9,706 members of the International Service Team.
The BSA makes up about 20 percent of that total.
How many countries will be represented?
There are 169 National Scout Organizations, including the BSA, that are part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Of those 169 countries, 133 have Scouts attending and/or serving on staff at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. That’s nearly 80 percent.
The countries in attendance range from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Here’s the full list:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Korea (Republic of)|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Arab Emirates|