World Scout Jamboree

World Scout Jamboree
South Korea August 2023

In Summer 2023, more than 40,000 Scouts from all over the world will gather in Korea for the 25 World Scout Jamboree. We’re so proud that thousands of UK young people aged 14 to 17 and their leaders will be there, we’ll call ourselves the UK Contingent. A total of 60 people will be attending from Norfolk and you could be one of them.

The Jamboree itself takes place from the 1st to the 12th of August 2023 but there will be additional UK Contingent activities before and after the Jamboree. As a member of the Norfolk units you will also take part in a number of training camps before the Jamboree along with numerous fundraising events.

You can find out more about the UK Contingent here: https://www.scouts.org.uk/wsj

Find out more about the Jamboree here: https://www.2023wsjkorea.org/_html/index.html

How To Apply

Applications have now closed. We will contact all applicants by email to invite them to a selection day.

If you are too old to attend as a participant you can still experience the Jamboree as a member of the International Service Team. Register your interest here.

Participant Information Evening

We held information evenings at Eaton Vale on Monday 11th and 18th of October. You can view the presentation by clicking here.

A recording is available below. Sorry for the poor audio and video quality.

Timeline

Here are some key dates for your diaries:

Sunday 31st October
Successful applicants will receive an email invitation to one of the two selection days in November.

6th & 7th November
Selection days to be held at Eaton Vale Activity Centre in Norwich. Applicants will be invited to attend one of the two dates.

FAQs

Q: Are there any pre – WSJ activities that can be undertaken?

A: Other than the planned camps and days, you can also visit the Korean Website of the WSJ where activities such as “Draw your Dream” can be undertaken.

Q: Are South Korea organising the whole event?

A: South Korea are hosting the event and will be supporting/leading most of the operational planning, but the WSJ is supported globally by the Contingent Teams from all participating Scouting Nations.

Q: Will the event be safe?

A: All scouting activities are undertaken with the utmost safety of all participants and activities will all be run by qualified leaders from around the world. There are always risks associated with events and adventurous activities and therefore caution is always advised when attending or participating in any activity. Risk Assessments will be in place and participants will be expected to observe and abide by safe codes of conduct and act responsibly. As part of the development of the young people in the lead up to the WSJ, skills will be taught to avoid incidents or accident that are within our control, including first aid training. In the unlikely event of accidents occurring, hospital treatment centres with qualified doctors will be set up on the WSJ site. Counselling services will also be available should they be needed for any reason.

Q: Do I need to learn the Korean language before the event?

A: There is no necessity to learn the local language as the event will multi-lingual, with English as a prominent language. However, there will be personal development challenges set as part of the lead-up to the event, so this may be ideal opportunity. Korean will also be taught as part of the activities at the WSJ.

Q: When is the deadline for applications?

A: The deadline for applications is Sunday 24th October at 11.45pm.

Q: How long after the selection days will we find out if we have been successful?

A: On your application form please indicate which selection day you can attend (either 6th or 7th November). Over this weekend (subject to certain limits), everyone who applies will be invited to attend. The event will be outside where activities will be undertaken, and the young people will be observed. Please dress appropriately for the weather. The days will be planned to finish so that those who wish to attend or support firework displays can do so. Selection decisions will be made on the evening of Sunday 7th and the young people informed during the week commencing 8th November.

Q: What will be the cost be and how do I know if I can afford to go as I do not have long to make a decision?

A: Firstly, anyone who wishes to attend the WSJ is urged to apply and disregard any thoughts about the cost at this time. The costs are met by fund raising, grants from charitable organisations that support young people and by applying to local companies etc. In order to achieve this, young people are expected to work with the leadership team, who will assist in this process and offer all the necessary support you need. In addition to your own efforts, the leadership team will organise group fund raising events where the money is pooled and distributed fairly amongst all participants. Although the cost will be in the region of £4,000, this will also cover training camps, activity days and reunion camps as well as the WSJ and any UK Contingent activities which take place pre or post the event as part of the overall trip. Norfolk Scouts and your District will also offer support and guidance on how to raise the funds needed and it may surprise you to know that it is normal to raise all the funds to attend the WSJ without having to make any personal contributions. If the WSJ is important enough to you and you are serious enough about wanting to attend, then the funds can be raised. WSJ is a 2 year commitment and will require both hard work and teamwork but I promise that this is both fun and part of the journey remembered by all as you work together to achieve this. Confidentially is assured and you are urged to speak to a member of the team if you are in anyway concerned about cost. Norfolk Scouts will never knowingly allow cost to be a barrier from allowing young people to benefitting from all that scouting has to offer.

Q: Why is it so expensive?

A: The UK is seen as an affluent nation in comparison to some countries, although this generalisation may not reflect your own personal circumstances. Each country pays a level of fees depending on their position on the economic index and a proportion of our fees go towards supporting those from poorer nations to attend the WSJ. UK Scout Headquarters will assist with the cost of the WSJ where participants from the UK are in receipt of benefits.

Q: What if I haven’t fundraised everything by the start of the jamboree?

A: We are confident that all the participants will raise all of the funds they need well in advance of the jamboree. Fundraising will be a mixture of unit and personal efforts and a large commitment is will be required over the next two in order to achieve it. The leaders will be there to help, support and advise the young people the whole way through.

Q: I raised money for Eurojam and then it was cancelled how do I know that the same thing won’t happen again?

A: We cannot guarantee that events beyond our control will not impact the WSJ 2023, but all efforts will be taken to ensure that it will take place.

Q: Will there be electricity on site, and can I take my mobile phone?

A: Yes, technology will play a large part of the WSJ. There will be facilities onsite to charge mobile phones etc. We would, however, recommend taking a battery pack to charge up and then use to charge your devices. It may also be advisable to set up a pre-paid package to allow you to use your phone in Korea or purchase a local Sim card on arrival.

Q: I have GSCEs or A levels to study for, how can I commit making both a success?

A: We realise that study is important, and time will be factored into events and even the WSJ to ensure you have sufficient time for your revision. You can even support one another in your revision as part of the team building and unit activities.

Q: Is all of the equipment provided?

A: Large and the more expensive items of equipment will be provided and those that participants will need to provide themselves will be itemised as part of the kit-list. We would expect the funds raised by the young people to cover purchasing any items required that they do not already have.

Q. I have other questions which I need to ask, how can I do this, and will these be kept confidential?

A: If you have further questions then please email wsj@norfolkscouts.org.uk. All questions raised of a personal nature will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.