Leaders from more than 50 Countries Join Jamboree Organizers and Local Community Leaders to Kick-off the Countdown as 40,000 Scouts and Scouters Prepare to “Unlock a New World”
GLEN JEAN, WV, April, 11, 2019 – Celebrating the 100-day countdown to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, organizers and local leaders welcomed Scouting leaders from more than 55 countries to the Summit Bechtel Reserve to introduce them to the home of the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
“The values of Scouting are important to every community across the United States and around the world,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. “As a longstanding supporter of the Summit Bechtel Reserve, I’m honored West Virginia was selected to host its first-ever World Scout Jamboree, and I can’t wait to personally welcome all 50,000 Scouts and Scouters in a few months. We live in an unbelievable place, and this July, Scouts from around the world will be able to see for themselves why West Virginia is Almost Heaven.”
The World Scout Jamboree is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the Scout Movement, gathering as many as 50,000 Scouts and leaders every four years from 169 National Scout Organizations. A staff of 9,000 volunteers will deliver a life-changing experience to the Scouts from around the globe to the world’s most sustainable campsite, the 10,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia for this once-in-a-lifetime event from July 22 to August 2, 2019.
“Looking across the Jamboree landscape, we are blessed with a world-class site that will be staffed by a world-class team and supported by the most hospitable community in the U.S.,” noted 2019 World Scout Jamboree co-chair Scott Sorrells. “The next 100 days will be a time of great activity and excitement as enthusiasm from Scouts around the world drives us to deliver an unprecedented event.”
Celebrating collaboration and partnership, the World Organization of the Scout Movement, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, selected Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México and the Boy Scouts of America to co-host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The youth bid team, known as the Dream Team, chose “Unlock a New World” as the event theme to highlight the new adventures, cultures and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world during the twelve-day event.
“It is my honor to help welcome the world of Scouting to West Virginia for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree,” said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. “I look forward to seeing the great recognition the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will bring to West Virginia. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the type of investment that West Virginia needs, and I will continue to advocate for investments like this.”
The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will include a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities in a camping environment. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the most advanced adventure facility for youth in the world. Participants may choose from nearly 50 “wild and wonderful” adventures such as whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, skateboarding and mountain biking.
“What an incredible opportunity to showcase the wild and wonderful beauty of West Virginia on a global scale! As Scouts from around the world come visit Summit Bechtel Reserve, raft down the New River Gorge, and hike the Appalachian mountains, I have no doubt they’ll learn so much about leadership, character, and achievement; and I’m certain they’ll want to return again and again,” noted U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
The World Scout Jamboree offers an inviting atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding and fosters a social interaction and engagement among Scouts from different cultures, this is a hallmark of the Jamboree experience. Above all, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace, mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past world jamborees, including:
- The Global Development Village (GDV) is an interactive space designed to raise awareness of global issues, encouraging Scouts to create a better world. The GDV’s focus will be on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Centro Mondial is an educational area with three components: Faith & Beliefs, Living in the 21st Century and the North American Dream.
- World Point will be hub of excitement and activity during the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Here, National Scout Organizations are encouraged to highlight their culture and demonstrate the uniqueness of their countries. Scouts will explore the different cultures and how what makes us different can actually draw us together.
Additionally, programming throughout the Jamboree will incorporate an emphasis on cross cultural respect and engagement, as well as gender equality.
For more information about the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, please visit http://2019wsj.org.
About the 2019 World Scout Jamboree
The 2019 World Scout Jamboree, hosted by Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America, will welcome 40,000 Scouts and leaders from 170 National Scout Organizations to the world’s most sustainable campsite—the 10,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. From July 22 to August 2, 2019, the 24th World Scout Jamboree will deliver nearly 50 “wild and wonderful” activities from the most advanced adventure facility for youth in the world. The World Scout Jamboree is the largest outdoor educational event organized every four years by the World Scout Movement, an international organization made up of more than 50 million Scouts connected through a network of 170 National Scout Organizations. Find out more at www.scout.org.