BSA's Contingent

The BSA's contingent will be made up of numerous Scout troops and Venturing crews of 36 youth and four adults each. In addition to the jamboree itself, we have also planned a pre- or post-jamboree tour that will allow participants to experience Japanese culture as well as youth-oriented activities. Two regions will tour before the start of the jamboree and the other two will tour after the event ends.

Scouts and Venturers applying to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree as part of the Boy Scouts of America's contingent must be between 14 and 17 years of age. Adults may apply for a leadership position or to be part of the International Service Team.

Youth

Eligible participants must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a Boy Scout or Venturer, and be born between July 27, 1997, and July 28, 2001. These age ranges are set by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and are not flexible.

The upcoming world Scout jamboree in Kirara-hama, Japan, promises to be one of the best ever. With 30,000 Scouts expected to attend from six continents and 161 countries, it's going to be a world-class event, one you can be a part of if you start planning now.

You will live with and learn from fellow Scouts from around the world. You'll be housed in tents with the BSA contingent, but you'll soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That's right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

It is Japan's turn to host a world Scout jamboree—held once every four years—and it is a special window of opportunity for you, too. It's good to start your planning early.

Adults

As an adult leader among the BSA contingent, you will be an essential part of one of the most exciting and significant Scouting events you'll ever attend.

Because a jamboree unit is made up of 36 youth and four leaders, the number of adult leaders needed is based on the number of Scouts who apply. Potential leaders will be asked to help promote and recruit youth members for our contingent.

All BSA leaders must meet the requirements on the adult application. In addition, councils must first give their approval to all applicants. Region jamboree committees will then conduct interviews with potential leaders before making final selections.

To apply, you must agree to the mandatory terms regarding payment schedule, the Statement of Understanding, the BSA Code of Conduct, and medical requirements.

Adult Leader Registration (Troop or Crew)

Qualifications

These are the positions for adult troop and crew leaders in the BSA contingent:

Unit Leader

  • Must be at least 21 years of age by July 24, 2015.
  • Serve as a Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, Advisor, or associate Advisor for at least one year during the three-year period prior to July 1, 2015.
  • Complete basic leadership-specific training.
  • Be able to serve as a role model of physical fitness.
  • File an Annual Health and Medical Record, No. 680-001, with the jamboree medical officer.
  • Complete Youth Protection Training within one year of your arrival date at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree site.
  • Be approved by the local council and appropriate region.
  • Wood Badge and Scouter's Key are desirable qualifications, although not required.
2015 Contingent Patch

First Assistant Leader

The same qualifications as for the unit leader are required.

Second Assistant Leader

  • Be at least 21 years of age by July 24, 2015.
  • Complete the appropriate leader-specific training.
  • Serve actively in an adult troop leadership position for at least one year during the three-year period prior to July 1, 2015.
  • Be able to serve as a role model of physical fitness.
  • File an Annual Health and Medical Record, No. 680-001, with the jamboree medical officer.
  • Complete Youth Protection Training within one year of your arrival date at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree site.
  • Be approved by the local council and appropriate region.

Third Assistant Leader

  • Be at least 18 years of age by July 24, 2015.
  • Serve actively in a unit leadership position.
  • Complete the appropriate leader-specific training.
  • Be able to serve as a role model of physical fitness.
  • File an Annual Health and Medical Record, No. 680-001, with the jamboree medical officer.
  • Complete Youth Protection Training within one year of your arrival date at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree site.
  • Be approved by the local council and appropriate region.

Cost to Attend as a Contingent Member

The cost includes round-trip airfare from a commercial airport near the participant's home; the registration fee paid to the Scout Association of Japan; a two- to three-day tour of Japan; lodging; ground transportation; meals; troop equipment,  including tents and cots; items provided to each participant including a duffel bag, day pack, neckerchiefs, and contingent patches; shipping of equipment to Japan; insurance; and other costs. The jamboree contingent fee does not cover the cost of ticketing because of early or late departure from the jamboree site due to medical emergencies, family emergencies, and/or problems based on our Code of Conduct.


Staff: International Service Team

Scouts and leaders are invited to come to Japan to be part of the world brotherhood of Scouting. The Scout Association of Japan has extended an invitation to Scouters age 18 and older to be part of the International Service Team (IST). Your application will be forwarded to Japan for position selection after you have received council and regional approval.

Qualifications for the International Service Team

BSA members wishing to apply for the International Service Team must be at least 18 years of age by July 28, 2015, and agree to the mandatory terms regarding payment schedule, the Statement of Understanding, the Code of Conduct, and medical requirements. Most IST staff will need to be at the jamboree site from July 25 through August 9, 2015.

The process for the IST to select the areas they would like to work at the jamboree will be explained in subsequent bulletins from Japan. The BSA will communicate this information to our IST applicants as it is received from the Scout Association of Japan.

Cost to Attend as IST

The jamboree fee for BSA International Service Team members is $2,000. This package includes lodging and all meals at the jamboree, accident and sickness insurance, and regional and national office administrative/program support. In addition, all IST will receive a duffle bag, day pack, jamboree neckerchief, and official contingent patch.

The IST jamboree fee does not include travel to the jamboree. It also does not cover the cost of ticketing because of early or late departure from the jamboree site due to medical emergencies, family emergencies, and/or problems based on our Code of Conduct.


Contact Us

Have questions? Email us at worldscoutjamboree@scouting.org or call 972-580-2489. Please provide your name, phone number, email address, record locator number from your world jamboree application, and the issue you are asking about. We will respond via email as soon as possible.