How to join the BSA contingent at Scouting events in Brazil or Poland in 2020

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The signature event of international Scouting is the World Scout Jamboree, held every four years. This summer’s World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve will be the first on U.S. soil since 1967.

But the excitement, camaraderie and unity of world Scouting doesn’t end when the tents come down in West Virginia.

In 2020, the BSA will send a contingent of Scouts and adult leaders to international Scouting events in Brazil and Poland.

Registered BSA members who meet the age requirements are invited to attend as participants or unit leaders. They also may apply to serve on staff, known in world Scouting parlance as the International Service Team.

For each event, the cost for youth and adult participants includes event registration, round-trip travel, custom contingent swag and event-specific insurance.

Here’s a closer look at each of these excellent opportunities to meet interesting Scouts from other countries.

JamCam 2020

  • What: The Interamerican Region JamCam, bringing together Scouts and leaders from all over North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. It’s a weeklong jamboree/camporee (hence the name JamCam) that aims to strengthen the bonds of Scout values.
  • When: Jan. 4 to 10, 2020
  • Where: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, the main base for visiting the famous Iguaçu Waterfalls
  • Age requirements (youth): Boys or girls must be age 15 to 17 (with birthdays between Jan. 11, 2002, and Jan. 3, 2005)
  • Age requirements (adults): Unit Leaders must be age 21 or older (birthday before Jan. 4, 1999); members of the International Service must be 18 or older (birthday before Jan. 4, 2002)
  • Cost: $4,400 for youth participants or adult until leaders, $780 for members of the International Service Team (IST fee does not include travel)
  • Learn more: At the BSA contingent site

European Jamboree 2020

  • What: The European Jamboree, the first such event since 2005. Participants will use their Scouting skills to make new friends and learn how to make a difference in the world.
  • When: July 27 to Aug. 6, 2020
  • Where: Gdańsk, Poland
  • Age requirements (youth): Boys or girls must be age 14 to 17 (with birthdays between Aug. 6, 2002, and July 26, 2006)
  • Age requirements (adults): Unit Leaders must be age 21 or older (birthday before July 27, 1999); members of the International Service must be 18 or older (birthday before July 27, 2002)
  • Cost: $3,300 for youth participants or adult until leaders, $650 for members of the International Service Team (IST fee does not include travel)
  • Learn more: At the BSA contingent site

2019 World Scout Jamboree

There’s still time to join the 2019 World Scout Jamboree as a participant or visitor. Learn more here.

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