Scouts from Canada, Mexico, and the United States will welcome more than 30,000 from around the world to the adventure base in 2019
August 7, 2015 — As Scouts from every corner of the world gather this week at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Japan, the Scouting associations of North America are unveiling plans for the next World Scout Jamboree, which will head to the continent in 2019.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree—taking place July 22 to August 2, 2019, at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia —will mark the first time a world jamboree has been hosted by three national Scout organizations: Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America. In the spirit of unity, these distinct organizations will join together in celebration of cultural exchange, understanding, peace, and friendship.
For 12 days, thousands of young people from around the world will gather at the 10,600-acre (4,300 hectares) Summit Bechtel Reserve—the Boy Scouts of America’s newest adventure base and the permanent home of the BSA’s national Scout jamboree.
The event will be the first world jamboree held in the United States since 1967 and the first time since the 1983 World Jamboree in Alberta, Canada, that a North American site has hosted. While Scouts Canada has hosted world jamborees in the past—1955 and 1983—this will be the first time that Asociación de Scouts de México, will share hosting duties with Canada and the United States.
International contingents will be encouraged to enjoy the cultures of the three host countries before, during, and after the Jamboree. In Mexico, the participants can immerse themselves in more than 3,000 years of Mesoamerican culture. Canada’s vibrant cities and vast expanse of unspoiled wilderness, along with the many offerings in the United States, such as the museums of Washington, D.C. to the Grand Canyon, offer an unlimited opportunity to build lifetime memories.
As the 2015 World Scout Jamboree wraps up and the movement prepares to travel to North America in 2019, Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America have shared the logo and theme for the event.
The 2019 World Scout Jamboree logo is a design born in friendship and unity. The global logo consists of multicolor ribbons featuring the official colors of the national flags of the three host countries and the world Scouting movement. The ribbons, in turn, reach out to symbolically embrace and welcome the world Scouting community, in the form of the World Crest, to The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
The event’s theme, “Unlock a New World,” invites Scouts to unlock new adventures, new cultures, and new friendships. The theme was designed by youth representatives from the three host countries, who were responsible for presenting the original bid for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.4 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and one million adult volunteers in approximately 280 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.
About Scouts Canada
Kids in Scouts have fun adventures, discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Scouts Canada is the country’s leading co-ed youth organization, with 100,000 members nationwide. Scouts Canada offers programming for children and youth aged 5-26 in multiple languages, reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. For more information, visit Scouts.ca.
About the Asociación de Scouts de México
The Asociación de Scouts de México has always been a leader for Scouting in Spanish-speaking countries throughout the Americas. It continues to host large regional events and provide leadership to several Scout associations. Founded in 1920, the Asociación de Scouts de México is headquartered in Mexico City and boasts a membership of more than 40,000 members, making it one of the largest Scout associations in Latin America. For more information on the Asociación de Scouts de México, please visit www.scouts.org.mx.