(Summarised in less than three minutes)

A while ago, I wrote about my experience in South Korea at the 25th World Scout Jamboree: What Actually Happened at the World Scout Jamboree? This was most certainly an unorthodox jamboree experience, however I loved it. While, to anyone in scouting, this is likely to be a travel goal, most people have no clue what it is.

To summarise it as best I can, it’s a huge camp with scouts from all over the world attending.

There are lots of ‘jamborees’ which are big youth camps, and can be overseas. However, the world scout jamboree is the biggest one, happening every 4 years. To go to the jamboree, you have to be selected from your region, each county in England having about 40 young people going. (The UK have the highest number of scouts attending as scouting began in the UK.) The one in 2023 was held at SaeManGuem in South Korea, however ended up with most people being evacuated to Seoul.

While I could reel off however many jamborees there have been, and where they’ve been, I think the more important thing is what it gives us. The main aim of a jamboree is to make connections all across the world, giving you a chance to experience other people’s cultures and meet friends for life. For many young people, it’s a life changing event that gives them confidence and pushes them out of their comfort zone.

Five years ago, if you’d have told me that in the summer I would have been in an Italian Pavilion in South Korea dancing and singing (badly) with some Brazilian girls, I would have not only have had no clue what you were on about, but wouldn’t have thought it true for a minute. The Jamboree showed me how well difference cultures can mix, and how much we can learn from each other.

The next world scout jamboree will be held in 2027 in Gdansk, Poland. If you’re in scouting, or thinking about joining, I would encourage you more than anything to apply to go, or attend a selection event for your area.