2015 World Scout Jamboree FAQs
Q. Will the BSA send only send one contingent to the 2015 World Jamboree?
A. A contingent is the entire group BSA sends to this event, and each troop and crew will be part of that contingent. Right now, we are planning on sending approximately 1,600 people as part of BSA’s world jamboree contingent.
Q. How can Venturers and Scouts get applications?
A. The BSA’s registration system will be available soon. In the meantime, those interested may go to www.scouting.org/worldjamboree. You will see the following statement: “The BSA’s plans for sending a contingent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree are being finalized and will be available soon. Until then, click here to add your name to the mailing list for promotional materials when they are ready.” If you submit your name and email address, you will be notified as soon as the registration system is available.
Q. If my husband is a leader, could my 12-year-old son “tag along”?
A. No, your son will not be old enough to attend. The age for youth to attend the world jamboree is 14–17 years old. These ages are set by the host country, and there will be no exceptions.
Q. My daughter is not currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America but would like to attend the 2015 World Scout Jamboree.
A. If you are not an actively registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and want to attend the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, you must be registered as a member of the BSA in 2015. In such cases, please contact the World Scout Jamboree registration team at email@example.com.
Q. Will BSA be participating in the Home Hospitality Program offered by Japan?
A. No, we will not.
International Service Team (Staff)
Q. What is the International Service Team?
A. The International Service Team (IST) is made up of volunteers who serve on staff for the world jamboree host country. IST positions are similar to those offered at BSA’s national jamborees. Applicants wishing to apply for an IST position must register at www.scouting.org/worldjamboree. Once approved by their local council and region, their applications will be provided to the Scout Association of Japan for consideration.
Q. What is the jamboree fee for the International Service Team?
A. The jamboree fee for the International Service Team is $2,000. It does not include transportation to and from Japan.
Q. What types of roles can the International Service Team be expected to fill during the jamboree?
A. IST will be asked to help in a variety of areas including program, activities, exhibits, food service, health and safety, media, and other services.
Q. What is covered by the jamboree fee of $5,750 for troops and crews?
A. The jamboree fee for youth and leaders 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 duffle bag, day pack, neckerchiefs, and contingent patches; shipping of equipment to Japan; insurance; and other costs. The contingent jamboree fee does not cover additional ticket costs due to early or late departure from the jamboree site in case of medical or family emergencies and/or problems based on our Code of Conduct.
Q. What arrangements have been made to handle participant medications that need refrigeration?
A. If participants have a medicine that they use regularly, such as insulin, they can bring it to the jamboree and store it in the refrigerators at the jamboree hospital. They should be prepared to bring an ample supply of the medication, as the cost of purchasing it in Japan may be quite high.
Q. We are a bit worried about going to Japan following the earthquake and nuclear incident in March 2011. Is it OK to attend or visit the jamboree in this location?
A. The 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear incident were a cause of significant concern. Since that time, numerous inspections have been carried out by the Japanese government and other foreign governments and international organizations. All parties have concluded that the country is safe, save for a small area around the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
The jamboree site is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, approximately 750 miles away from Fukushima. Yamaguchi is also considered a low-risk area for seismic events such as earthquakes and tsunamis. The risk posed to the jamboree by any natural disaster has been carefully considered as part of Japan's ongoing risk management procedures.
World Scout Committee members have visited the jamboree campsite and are satisfied that it is a safe location.
Q. Can youth and their leaders travel from the United States to Japan on their own?
A. Members of the BSA contingent living in the U.S. must travel with their contingent to and from the U.S., while touring, and during the jamboree unless other arrangements are approved by the International Department of the Boy Scouts of America.
Q. What cities will be designated as “gateway cities”?
A. At this time, gateway cities have not been determined. Exact locations will be selected based on the availability of flights to Japan that can accommodate groups of 40 people (36 youth/4 adults).
Q. What will the tour include?
A. Exact details have not been finalized at this time. However, the tours will include a mix of Japanese culture and youth-oriented activities.
Q. Will I be able to use my airline points for my son’s travel to Japan?
A. The use of airline points will not be possible. Because we are contracting with the airlines for blocks of 40 seats and not individual tickets, we must pay for each seat regardless of whether it is filled.
Q. When does the BSA contingent depart from and return to the United States?
A. The departure and return dates will be determined by the participants’ regions, as half of our contingent will tour Japan before the jamboree and the other half will tour after the jamboree is over. The exact dates are yet to be determined.
Q. Will leaders and Scouts be allowed to attend the jamboree without touring?
A. This will only be possible if they live outside the United States. Participants living in the U.S. must travel with their contingent to and from the U.S., while touring, and during the jamboree unless other arrangements are approved by the International Department of the Boy Scouts of America.
Have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.