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World Scout Jamboree
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Scouts at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden (2011)
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The World Scout Jamboree is a Scouting jamboree of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, typically attended by several tens of thousands of Scouts from around the world, aged 14 to 17.

The first World Scout Jamboree was organized by The Boy Scout Association in London. With exceptions for the World War years and the Iranian Revolution, it has been organized approximately every four years, and in the more recent years has been organised by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), in different locations over the world. At the jamboree, many scouts will swap badges.

In lexicography, "Jamboree" is considered an Americanism that traces back to 1860–65 and refers to a joyful, noisy gathering.[1] The term is believed to originate from the words jabber (rapid, indistinct talk) and shivaree (noisy celebration), with "m" from jam (crowd).[2]


While World Scout Jamboree is the expression used by the World Organization of the Scout Movement,[3] other organizations held events called "jamborees" for their members.

The Scouting program became an international success following its founding by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. With its continuing growth, the founder of the movement saw a need for a gathering of representatives of Scouting from all around the world. The general aim was to foster a worldwide brotherhood, and to help the young Scouts in the movement learn about other peoples and nations by direct interaction with them.

The idea of organizing such periodical international gatherings was originally conveyed to Baden-Powell by the General Chief of the Scouts of Greece, Konstantinos ("Kokos") Melas, during the 1918 international Scout meeting, in England.[4][5] Captain Melas proposed the gatherings should repeat every four years, in the same way Olympic Games were held in Ancient Greece. The suggestion was accepted with enthusiasm by Baden-Powell, who named the gatherings "Jamborees".

It was in 1920 that the first World Scout Jamboree was realized, held in the Olympia halls in Kensington, London. Symbolically, the Jamboree site bore the name of the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia. 8,000 Scouts from 34 countries attended the event.

Cartoon in Punch, published in 1929 for the 3rd World Scout Jamboree

Thereafter, a Jamboree has been held every four years. There are two exceptions to this: no Jamboree was held between 1937 and 1947 because of the Second World War, and the 1979 Jamboree, which was to be held in Iran, was cancelled due to the political upheaval in the region at that time. The Jamboree has been held in different countries around the world. The first seven Jamborees were held in Europe. The eighth World Jamboree was held in North America where the tradition of moving the Jamboree among the continents began. As yet, Africa has not hosted a jamboree.

To replace the cancelled event of 1979, the World Scout Committee determined that an alternative celebration, the World Jamboree Year should take place. Several regional camps took place, such as the 12th Australian/4th Asia-Pacific Jamboree, held in Perth, Western Australia, along with countless Join-in-Jamboree activities — designed to allow Scouts from around the world to participate in an activity that thousands of other Scouts around the world were also participating in at the same time. This Join-in programme was reproduced again as part of the Scouting 2007 Centenary celebrations.

The greatest attendance of all Jamborees was in 2019, where over 45,000 members experienced a Jamboree in West Virginia, USA. This number represented the permanent contingent who remained for the entire event. They were joined by hundreds of thousands of visiting Scouts who participated on a day basis.

The first Jamboree was more akin to an exhibition of Scouting, allowing visitors to see how things were done in other parts of the world. The Second Jamboree was conducted on a camp basis and each successive Jamboree has developed on this format where the programme is typically more activity oriented, with plenty of time for Scouts from different nations to interact and learn about each other in less formal ways than an exhibition would allow.

The 16th World Scout Jamboree went to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The 21st World Scout Jamboree in 2007 was held in Hylands Park, Essex, United Kingdom, and celebrated the Centenary of Scouting. Because of this, the honour of hosting the event was again bestowed upon the United Kingdom, as the birthplace of Scouting. Over 40,000 young people camped in August at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. Hundreds of thousands of day visitors attended events in the south-east of England as part of the Jamboree. The 22nd World Scout Jamboree was at Rinkaby, Sweden from 27 July to 8 August 2011; the 23rd World Scout Jamboree was at Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Japan from 28 July to 8 August 2015;[6] the 24th World Scout Jamboree was at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, United States, from 22 July to 2 August 2019.[7] The next World Scout Jamboree will be held at Saemangeum, South Korea from 2 to 12 August 2023.

Related world-wide events[edit]

JOTA/JOTI 2006 Logo

Jamboree on the Air[edit]

Jamboree on the Air, usually referred to as JOTA, is an international Scouting and Guiding activity held annually on the third full weekend in October. The event was first held in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of Scouting in 1957, and was devised by radio amateur operator Leslie R. Mitchell who used the callsign G3BHK. It is now considered the largest event organized by the WOSM annually.[8]

Scouts talking on the radio during Jamboree On The Air

Amateur radio operators from all over the world participate with over 500,000 Scouts and Guides to teach them about radio and to assist them to contact their fellow Scouts and Guides by means of amateur radio and since 2004, by the VOIP-based Echolink. Scouts and Guides are also encouraged to send paper or electronic confirmations known as "QSL cards", or "eQSLs" when they are sent electronically. This provides the Scouts and Guides with a means of learning about fellow Scouts and Guides from around the world. It is an adjunct to the World Scout Jamboree.

The event is recognized as one of international participation by the various Scout and Guide organisations, and supports several awards which are a part of Scouting and Guiding programmes.[citation needed]

Jamboree on the Internet[edit]

Scouts at their computers during Jamboree on the Internet

Jamboree on the Internet, known by its acronym JOTI, is an international Scouting activity held annually. Participants, through the use of designated Chats from all over the world, can contact their fellow Scouts by means of the Internet. Common communication methods include ScoutLink (IRC), e-mail, and VOIP. This provides the Scouts with a means of learning about fellow Scouts from around the world. JOTI operates alongside JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) and is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

JOTI was pioneered in 1995 by Queanbeyan Rovers whilst one Rover, Norvan Vogt was on a student exchange in the Netherlands, with the home crew in Australia co-ordinated by Brett Sheffield. They connected Putten, Netherlands and Queanbeyan, Australia with dedicated IRC servers.[9] In November 1996 the World Scout Committee, noting that Scouting already had a considerable presence on the Internet, and that there was already an informal and rapidly growing Jamboree on the Internet, decided that JOTI should become an official international Scouting event, and that it should be held on the same weekend as the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).[citation needed]

JOTI Radio Logo

2011 saw the first ever 'JOTI Radio' station, a broadcast internet radio station based in the UK to provide entertainment for the JOTI weekend, which had live interviews from Scouts all over the world, the team that lead JOTI Radio are made up of the 'Avon Scout Radio' team, which are a County Active Support Unit for Avon Scouts and provide broadcast radio services within the Scouting Movement worldwide.. JOTI Radio is now part of the annual JOTA/JOTI weekend.[citation needed]

Jamboree on the Trail[edit]

JOTT 2006 logo

Following on the idea of the Join-in events from the World Jamboree Year, Jamboree on the Trail (or JOTT),[10] is a co-ordinated event where Scouts around the world simultaneously participate in local hikes. It takes place on an annual basis on the 2nd Saturday in May.

This type of event allows Scouts to take part in activities at the same time as other Scouts, promoting the idea of the Scouting brotherhood. Participants are awarded a JOTT badge as a recognition of having participated in this worldwide event.

Smaller events[edit]

There are up to ten smaller Jamboree (or Jamborette) events held each year around the world. This includes Regional Jamborees, which are held every three years in their areas of the world. Scouts from outside these regions are invited, but attendance is generally lower (for example, the EuroJam 2005 event hosted 10,000 Scouts, mostly from Europe).

National associations, and sub-national groups, also organise a number of events, such as the WINGS event and KIJ, which is organised by a County level body.

List of events[edit]

Year[3] Event Location Host Country Theme/Name Dates Attendance Countries/
1920 1st World Scout Jamboree London  United Kingdom Develop World Peace[11] July 30, 1920
August 8, 1920[12]
8,000 34
1924 2nd World Scout Jamboree Ermelunden  Denmark World Citizenship[11] August 10, 1924
August 17, 1924?[13][14]
4,549 32
1929 3rd World Scout Jamboree Arrowe Park, Upton, Birkenhead  United Kingdom Coming of Age July 31, 1929
August 13, 1929[15][16]
50,000[17] 69
1933 4th World Scout Jamboree Gödöllő  Hungary Face New Adventures[11] August 2, 1933
August 15, 1933
25,792 33
1937 5th World Scout Jamboree Bloemendaal[18]  Netherlands Lead Happy Lives[11] July 31, 1937
August 9, 1937[19][20][21][22]
28,750 54
1947 6th World Scout Jamboree Moisson  France Jamboree of Peace August 9, 1947
August 20, 1947[23]
24,152 71
1951 7th World Scout Jamboree Bad Ischl  Austria Jamboree of Simplicity August 3, 1951
August 13, 1951[24]
12,884 61
1955 8th World Scout Jamboree Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario  Canada New Horizons August 18, 1955
August 28, 1955[25][26]
11,139 71
1957 9th World Scout Jamboree Sutton Park, Warwickshire  United Kingdom 50th Anniversary of Scouting August 1, 1957
August 12, 1957[27]
31,426 82
1959 10th World Scout Jamboree Los Baños, Laguna  Philippines Building Tomorrow Today July 17, 1959
July 26, 1959[28]
12,203 44
1963 11th World Scout Jamboree Marathon  Greece Higher and Wider August 1, 1963

August 11, 1963[29]

11,398 89
1967 12th World Scout Jamboree Farragut State Park, Idaho  United States For Friendship August 1, 1967
August 9, 1967[30]
12,011 105
1971 13th World Scout Jamboree Fujinomiya, Shizuoka  Japan For Understanding August 2, 1971
August 10, 1971[31]
23,758 87
1975 14th World Scout Jamboree Lillehammer  Norway[a] Five Fingers, One Hand July 29, 1975
August 5, 1975[32][33]
17,259 91
1979 (15th World Scout Jamboree) Nishapur  Iran July 15, 1979
July 23, 1979[34]
1983 15th World Scout Jamboree Kananaskis, Alberta  Canada The Spirit Lives On July 5, 1983
July 15, 1983[11]
14,752 106
1987–1988 16th World Scout Jamboree Sydney  Australia Bringing the World Together December 31, 1987
January 7, 1988
14,434 84
1991 17th World Scout Jamboree Seoraksan National Park  South Korea Many Lands, One World August 8, 1991
August 16, 1991[11]
19,083 135
1995 18th World Scout Jamboree Dronten  Netherlands Future is Now August 1, 1995
August 11, 1995[11]
28,960 166
1998–1999 19th World Scout Jamboree Picarquín  Chile Building Peace Together December 27, 1998
January 6, 1999
31,534 157
2002–2003 20th World Scout Jamboree Sattahip  Thailand Share our World, Share our Cultures December 28, 2002
January 8, 2003
24,000 147
2007 21st World Scout Jamboree Chelmsford, Essex  United Kingdom One World, One Promise
Scouting Centenary
July 28, 2007
August 8, 2007
37,868 155
2011 22nd World Scout Jamboree Kristianstad  Sweden Simply Scouting July 27, 2011
August 7, 2011
40,061 146
2015 23rd World Scout Jamboree Kirarahama, Yamaguchi  Japan A Spirit of Unity July 28, 2015
August 8, 2015[35]
33,628 155
2019 24th World Scout Jamboree Glen Jean, West Virginia  United States[b] Unlock a New World July 22, 2019
August 2, 2019[37][38][39]
41,559 [40] 124 [41]
2023 25th World Scout Jamboree Saemangeum(Buan County)  South Korea Draw Your Dream August 1, 2023
August 12, 2023[42]
2027 26th World Scout Jamboree Gdańsk  Poland [43][44] Bravely July 27, 2027
August 6, 2027

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hosting duties split between Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden
  2. ^ Hosting duties split between Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and Asociación de Scouts de México[36]


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  4. ^ ""PROSKOPOS" - 2nd E.P. of Patras - 11th World Jamboree - What is a Jaboree". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
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  7. ^ "24th World Scout Jamboree". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
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  13. ^ Inc, Boy Scouts of America (January 7, 2017). "Boys' Life". Boy Scouts of America, Inc. – via Google Books.
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  18. ^ Main camp at Vogelenzang and Sea Scout camp at Bennebroek, now both part of the municipality Bloemendaal
  19. ^ "Wereldjamboree 1937 in Vogelenzang-Bloemendaal (Opening)". July 31, 1937 – via Internet Archive.
  20. ^ "Free Visits to Holland". Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957). January 12, 1937. p. 4. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
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  36. ^ "About the Jamboree". 24th World Scout Jamboree -. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  37. ^ Wendell, Bryan (January 13, 2011). "The Summit will host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree".
  38. ^ Summit Bechtel Reserve (August 7, 2015). "2019 World Scout Jamboree" – via YouTube.
  39. ^ Kurzbericht über den Verlauf der 39. World Scout Conference (WSC) in Curitiba (Brasilien) (German)
  40. ^ "WSJ 2019 Final Report". 2020.
  41. ^ "WSJ Final Report". 2020.
  42. ^ "sae man guem, korea 2023" (in Korean). Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  43. ^ "Concept for 2027". Polish Scouting and Guiding Association Jamboree 2027 Candidate. 2020. Archived from the original on July 25, 2020.
  44. ^ "Poland to Host the 26th World Scout Jamboree in 2027". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved August 29, 2021.

External links[edit]

World Scout Jamboree
Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet
Jamboree on the Trail