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World Scout Jamboree 2023

What is a World Scout Jamboree?

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest scouting event organised by the Scout Movement, gathering up to 50,000 people from all over the world. It is above all an educational event to promote peace and understanding. The World Scout Jamboree includes a wide variety of activities and also places great importance on everyday life and interaction on the campsite.

The World Scout Jamboree takes place every four years in a different country.

History of the World Scout Jamboree

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement, invited young people from all over the World and wanted them to exchange cultures and enjoy adventure. It was in 1920 that the first World Scout Jamboree was realized, held in the Olympia halls in Kensington, London.

25th World Scout Jamboree, Korea 2023


Dates and Venue

The 25th World Scout Jamboree at SaeManGeum, Korea, will be held from 1 to 12 August in 2023 with our participants and unit leaders likely to be in Korea before and after these dates exploring the country as part of their Jamboree experience.

Final dates and flight details will be shared nearer the time.

Eligibility - could you be a Participant, Unit Leader, or IST member?

Participants must have been born between 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009 and be a registered member of a Scout Group or Explorer Scout Unit.

If you are older on the given date, then you could apply to become a Unit Leader or a member of the International Service Team.

Unit Leaders work with the participants from our County to prepare, attend, and enjoy the Jamboree journey.

Members of the International Service Team (IST) help make the Jamboree happen by supporting activities across the Jamboree programme.

If you have any questions please contact Derryn Lovett (ACCI) at jamboree@glswscouts.org.uk, we can’t wait to get our claws on your application.

Participant Application

Participants must have been born between 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009 and be a registered member of a Scout Group or Explorer Scout Unit.

While we wait on the guidance of the UK contingent on participant selection before we share our selection process and application form, do take a look at the UK Contingent’s website and their social media for the latest updates.

Unit Leader Application

Key Dates

Midday Saturday 18th September - All applications must be received.

Sunday 19th September
– Our aim to inform all shortlisted candidates.

Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd October
at 22nd Wimbledon Scout HQ, KT3 6LX – Our planned selection event… Please contact us if this date or venue would be a problem for you.

The Application Form

Before you fill in our online application form to be a unit leader, please read all the details below to learn more about this opportunity.


Could you show your stripes and be a World Scout Jamboree Unit Leader?

We’re so excited that GLSW has been allocated 8 patrols to become part of the UK Contingent to the 25 World Scout Jamboree in Korea during 2023.

That means we need to recruit 8 adult volunteers to become the Unit Leadership Team who make sure that our 72 young people will be empowered to be bold and brave to make the most of the life shaping experience the World Scout Jamboree will provide.

We’re supporting the UK Contingent’s vision to be the most inclusive UK Contingent to attend a World Scout Jamboree. There should be no unnecessary barriers to anyone becoming part of our Unit Leadership Team.

Never been to a Jamboree before? – that’s OK!

Not an Explorer Scout Leader? – absolutely no problem

Never been on a plane? – step forward tiger!

    The UK Contingent is not shying away from challenging the perceptions of who an adult jamboree volunteer is, so if you’re prepared to Think big. Dream wild and Act together. Why not leap at the opportunity to apply to join our team?

    This is an adult role, and considering prior experience, the UK Contingent advises Unit Leaders, Deputies and Assistants should be at least 18 years old by 1 January 2022.

    Considering it?

    Applications are open until midday on Saturday 18th September for candidates interested in these roles:

    Unit Leader

    Deputy Unit Leader

    Assistant Unit Leaders

    We’re welcoming written or video applications. Whatever type of application you make, you will need to complete the application form by midday on Saturday 18th September.

    Find out more

    If this sounds like something you’d get your claws into, why not watch the UK Contingent’s ‘Becoming a Unit Leaders’ webinar from Tuesday 13 July at 19:30.

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