Register now for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan

2015 world jamboree logoNineteen out of every 20 people you meet at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree will be from a country other than the United States.

How about those odds for making friends with Scouts from one of 161 different countries in attendance?

Next summer a few lucky Boy Scouts and Venturers will spend 12 days in Japan with more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from across the globe.

I know what you’re thinking: Where do I sign up? Right here.

The Boy Scouts of America is expecting to send about 1,600 people to the 23rd World Jamboree, held in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan from July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015.

I can guarantee it will be an amazing experience for those who attend as they make new friends, hear new languages and bring home a whole new worldview. (Read about my experiences at the 2011 World Jamboree here.)

You or a Scout or Venturer you know can be there next summer, either as a participant or as a member of staff (better known as the International Service Team).

You certainly have questions, like: How much does this cost? How do participants get to Japan? Who is eligible to attend?

Rather than answer here, let me point you to this handy FAQs page. The BSA’s International Team gets a ton of questions about the world jamboree every day, and most of those questions are answered right on that page. Continue reading

No matter what you call it, teamwork works

As it turns out, teamwork is universal.

In my first few days serving on the staff of the Viking section at the World Scout Jamboree, I’ve seen teams collaborate in innovative and fun ways. They come from different countries and speak different languages, but they share an implied understanding that the team is greater than the sum of its parts. Patrol after patrol made it clear that Baden-Powell had the right idea more than a hundred years ago.

There’s definite implications for Scouting in the United States, too. If the Scouts from your unit think they’re dissimilar, they’re wrong. Like the Scouts I’ve seen here, your guys can come together as a patrol and succeed under your guidance.

At my group’s corner of the Viking world in the Quest area, patrols use A-frames attached to ropes. As the picture shows, they must lower one of their members toward the dirt, where one brave (and trusting) patrol member stretches to grab some beanbags that are strategically placed on the ground. Continue reading

Scouts Canada shows off its redesigned uniforms

Check out what our neighbors to the north will be wearing this season.

On Friday, Scouts Canada, which will co-host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree with the Boy Scouts of America and Asociación de Scouts de México, unveiled a totally revamped uniform.

The 100,000-member organization says the new duds, designed by the clothing company Joe Fresh, were the product of a 5,000-member survey followed by extensive focus groups and market research. Continue reading

Have you seen the BSA’s contingent patch for the 2011 World Scout Jamboree?

Just a few minutes ago, the patch at left was delivered to my office. It’s the official 2011 World Scout Jamboree patch for the Boy Scouts of America’s contingent.

It’s more than just a cool-looking patch, though.

For me, it’s the first tangible sign that I’m actually going to this summer’s big event in Sweden.

I’ll be serving on staff, formally known as the International Service Team, in a position that I’ll find out at a later date.

I’ll post updates about my pre-jamboree preparation right here on the blog. And when 38,000 of us gather in Sweden this July, this blog will be your source for daily dispatches from me.

Read more about the 2011 World Scout Jamboree on the official site.

Mazzuca: Design for The Summit about ‘having a light footprint on the land’

Just a few months ago my Scouting magazine colleagues and I were taking the long walk down Thomas Road at Fort A.P. Hill.

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree seems like it was yesterday, but somehow, we’re already talking about the 2013 jamboree?

Man, time flies, doesn’t it?

As great as last summer’s event was, the BSA wants to make 2013’s spectacular even more special for Scouts, adult volunteers, and staff.

That’s the message from BSA leaders who visited the West Virginia site last week. The event was covered by the Charleston Gazette.

You’ll want to read the complete story at the link above, but here’s an excerpt about how The Summit will be eco-friendly:

Boy Scouts CEO Bob Mazzuca and national board member Jack Furst met Friday night with a “world-class” design team near the site of the future scouting center – called “The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.”

“The designers were just spectacular with their elegance,” Mazzuca said Saturday. “It’s all about sustainability, being earth-friendly and having a light footprint on the land.”

These are exciting times for The Summit. It’s the BSA’s fourth high-adventure base, will host the 2013 National Scout Jamboree (and beyond), and was just named host of the 2019 World Jamboree.

Follow the Summit on Twitter for up-to-the-second updates.