Please note: Applications for young people to apply to become a participant with Cambridgeshire Scouts are now CLOSED. An update with news of the selection will appear shortly…
“It’s summer 2023 and YOU are in Korea as an Explorer Scout, at a gathering of more than 40,000 Scouts from all over the World, for the 25 World Scout Jamboree!”
Sound like a dream? Well, not if you can Think big. Dream wild. Act together. as you could be a part of it!
If you’re born between 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009, so will be 14 to 17 in the summer of 2023, now is your chance to Roar!
You could be joining 1000’s of young people from across the UK as part of the nearly 4500 strong UK Contingent heading to Korea. Cambridgeshire Scouts has 45 places available, and they are open to every member who fits the age criteria. All you have to do is Think big, register your interest and send us your application submission by the 15 November 2021. It couldn’t be easier – all the details you need are given below.
The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) happens every four years, each time hosted by a different country, with the last two hosted in the Japan in 2015 and USA in 2019. We can promise you, it really will be like no other trip or adventure you’ve been on or experienced, but don’t just take our word for it…
Want to know more about what it’s all about, here is just some of what the Cambridgeshire Unit got up to when they headed to North America for the 24 WSJ in 2019 – Cambridgeshire Unit – North America 2019.
For full details of what the Jamboree is and how to apply, please read all the sections below…
Our units will be made up from 5 patrols of 45 awesome young people, supported by 5 adults from across Cambridgeshire Scout County. We have one full unit (4 patrols), as well as one patrol in a composite unit with Norfolk Scouts.
We have a strong ambition to be as diverse and inclusive as Cambridgeshire is and we really want you to apply, whatever your background, abilities, financial situation, religion, race or gender. We’re committed to working hard towards a diverse mix of participants and adult leaders and will provide a safe space within our units, where everyone is welcome.
The volunteer leader team for this Jamboree will have loads of Scouting and International experience between them and are chosen by a team of young people who are all Explorers and participants, as well as a small team of past Jamboree unit leaders, all from Cambridgeshire.
We are supporting the vision of the UK Contingent to be the most inclusive to attend a World Scout Jamboree. There should be no unnecessary barriers to anyone becoming part of our unit. It doesn’t matter what your background is; if this is your “Dream big.” moment, then go for it!
No one should feel excluded, and we want everyone to feel they can apply regardless of class or socio-economic status; ethnic or national origin, nationality or race; sex: gender; sexual orientation; disability; religion, belief or faith (including the absence of religion, belief or faith); as a Jamboree, like Scouting itself, should be equal and fair, truly embracing the principals of ‘Scouting For All’.
We aim to work with young people and adults to ensure we are representative of the communities we come from and not exclude anyone. So, for example, if you have a health or medical condition, this should not be a barrier, and the best person to understand how you can contribute is you, along with any professional person who supports your physical or mental health where appropriate.
Although the age criteria for each Jamboree is fixed, every young person in Scouting will be eligible to attend a World Scout Jamboree as a participant, as the age criteria for each event is set to not exclude anyone. If you are too young for this Jamboree, you will be in the age range for a future one. If you’re already too old, then there is always the opportunity to join as an adult leader or as International Service Team (IST).
The whole Jamborees event runs over a 3-week period and involves international travel. Not only that, but from the point you are offered a place, there will be lots of activities, training events and camps for the unit in the 20 months leading up to the Jamboree, which are all included in the final fee.
Although the final fee has not yet been released for the Jamboree, it is expected to be in the £3500-£4000 range, in line with similar past Jamboree events. The final fee should be confirmed by the end of this year.
This final fee amount may seem unobtainable for many to fund, but we implore young people and parents not to be daunted by fundraising or perceptions around cost and we aim to ensure that the cost of this event does not stop any young person from applying or taking part.
We will work together with all successful participants, supporting you to raise the funds from a mix of individual contributions, group and individual fundraising activities, grants, bursaries and donations, to ensure everyone, whatever their financial background and circumstances can take part.
It’s important to highlight that the unit, the leadership team and the county can only help you with this, not raise all the money for you, especially as the time and work you commit to fundraising is a big part of your individual Jamboree experience and meeting your fee target should be seen as a huge personal achievement, helping you gain valuable Skills for life.
To help inspire you, we will cover some of the ways past participants have worked to raise the funds in the ‘Draw Your Dream!’ webinar events during October and November – so please sign up to one of those to find out more.
And, we will also be running sessions within your Jamboree unit, throughout the build-up to the Jamboree, to support with ways to raise funds, as well as running unit fundraising events, sharing information about grants and bursaries and making sure you are keeping on target to get you to the Jamboree!
Everyone who applies will be invited to attend one of the selection days. You will have been asked on the application form which day, if either, you prefer to attend. Please note: To be considered for a place on the Jamboree, you MUST be able to attend one of the selection day events being held at Copley Scout Centre in St. Ives, on either 04 or 05 December 2021.
The day will run from 09:30 to 16:30 and will involve a series of fun activities and challenges to see how each you interact and engage with others, work as a team, support one another and at times maybe take the lead. Some of the themes and topics covered will look at how much you understand about what a Jamboree is; what you think about the key messages on sustainability, the environment & inclusivity; and how you think you can work towards your personal fundraising target to be able to attend – so, make sure you come prepared to share your thoughts and ideas.
It’s not an interview and there are no right or wrong answers. And, we are not looking for the ‘best’ or ‘highest achievers’ either – this is about you, and we are looking for a whole mix of young people who, working together, will get the most out of their Jamboree experience. So, we really do just want to see you, relaxing, enjoying the day and having fun, regardless of if you make it through to the unit or not. We want you to come away having made some new friends and having had an enjoyable day of scouting fun!
We are expecting quite a lot of young people to apply for the Jamboree and we only have 45 places to offer, so please try your best on the day, but don’t be too upset if you don’t make it – sadly we can’t take everyone. There will always be other new and exciting International Scouting opportunities on offer too for you to think about going for!
We will be contacting everyone, regardless of if you were successful or not, by 15th December at the latest.
What is the Jamboree?
The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) event, attended by tens of thousands of Scouts from around the world aged 14 to 17. It happens every 4 years, each time hosted by a different country. The next World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by The Korea Scout Association and takes place between 01 to 12 August 2023.
How long is the whole event?
The Jamboree itself last 12 days, but you will travel with your Unit as part of the UK Contingent, of nearly 4000 scouts and be away from home for about 3 weeks, as there will also be pre and post events as part of the trip. Final dates will be confirmed within the next few months and will fall within the last week of July to 3rd week of August 2023.
What are a ‘Unit’ and a ‘Patrol’?
A ‘Unit’ is made up of 4 adults and 36 young people, split into 4 patrols, each made up from 1 adult and 9 young people. For the 25 WSJ, Cambridgeshire Scouts have 1 complete unit and 1 patrol in a composite unit with Norfolk Scouts.
Who can apply?
To be eligible as a youth participant at the 25 World Scout Jamboree, you must have been born between 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009. Please note, these birth dates are fixed by WOSM for each Jamboree and cannot be ‘adjusted’ to fit, even by 1 day.
If you are too young, don’t worry, you will still be eligible for the next Jamboree being held in Poland in 2027. If you are born before 22 July 2005, you will be over 18 by the Jamboree, but could still apply to attend this Jamboree as International Service Team (IST), supporting the event.
What is the selection process?
The first step is to complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form on OSM, then complete and submit your application. We will then invite all applicants to a selection day on either 04 or 05 December 2021.
The day will be a series of fun activities and challenges to see how each young person interacts and engages with others, including on topics like, how much they understand about what a Jamboree is, what they think about the key messages on sustainability, the environment, inclusivity and how they think they can work towards their personal fund raising target.
It’s not an interview and there are no right or wrong answers, what we are looking for is for each young person to be themselves, make some new friends, and have an enjoyable day of scouting fun, regardless of the outcome and success of getting on to the Jamboree.
Please note: To be able to be considered for a participant place, you MUST be able to attend one of these selection events.
After the selection days we will offer 45 young people a chance to join the one of the Jamboree units.
What if I have any other questions?
If there is anything else that you might have a question on that has not been answered here in the FAQs or during the online Zoom webinars, please contact us with your questions and we will get back to you. Email: email@example.com