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Venturing & the World Jamboree, Sweden 2011

People often ask "Why can't Venturers go to the National Jamboree?"  That is because the National Jamboree is an activity of the Boy Scout program.  (The programs are:  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing & Sea Scouting.)  But the World Jamboree is an activity of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).  Since BSA is a member of WOSM, all high-school-aged-scouts who are registered with the BSA are invited to the World Jamboree.  That includes both Boy Scouts and Venturers.

Registration Flyer

A convenient World Scout Jamboree flyer with all the important information.  Download the WSJ flyer and share it with your friends.

Not all Venturers or Boy Scouts can go.  For the World Jamboree in Sweden in 2011, only those who have been born between July 25, 1993 and July 27, 1997 are eligible.  Since the World Jamboree is every four years, usually Venturers or Boy Scouts only get one opportunity in their lifetime to attend as a participant.

So, if you were born within the above time period, you can go with a Troop or Crew.  But I can assure you that going with a Crew is far more fun!  You don't even need to join a Crew in order to go as a Venturer.

English Spoken

When it comes to what language is the most common at the World Jamboree,  it is English!  Not only do many countries use English as a second language, the Swedes speak it very well so getting around the host country at the World Jamboree will not be a problem.  And one of the best parts is getting together with others which is something you will never forget.

Most scout organizations throughout the world are co-ed so their units attending the World Jamboree are co-ed.  It is a known fact that since Crews are co-ed, they are more welcomed within the World Scouting community than Troops.  Don't tell all your friends that fact because it's special to belong to one of the few Crews from the USA.

Join the Fun!

World Jamboree preview on YouTube.
Connect with participants on Facebook.
Share with your friends a promotional brochure.
World Jamboree Bulletins.

There are two web sites for getting information about the World Jamboree in Sweden in 2011:  the Swedish web site and the BSA web site.  They are:

The second one is BSA's web site and you can register on the site if you are currently a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.  However, I understand that there may be a couple of glitches in the registration.  One is, if you are a Venturer and do not have a Boy Scout rank (this certainly applies to all girls).  The second one is, if you are a girl who is not yet 14 and therefore not registered with a Crew, you will not have the BSA registration number that is required.  The answer is that you need to contact Craig Murray at TheHiker@SageVenture.com or 909-595-7166.  He is working with Western Region to track all issues and keep you informed.

The basic package price for the World Jamboree is $3,525 (plus a nonrefundable application fee of $10).  The basic package includes travel from the assigned gateway city, all meals, unit and patrol equipment, accident and sickness insurance, regional and national office administrative/program support, and buses for ground transportation to/from the jamboree site.  This is less than the cost for the National Jamboree! And the World Jamboree is in Sweden.  Wow!

Without question, attending the World Jamboree is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The experience will have a positive effect on a young adult's life.  I know, as I had a similar experience as a youth.  And now as an adult, I have taken young adults to six international scouting activities including the 2007 World Jamboree in the United Kingdom.

Your opportunity to go as a Venturers is even greater in 2011 as Western Region is planning on having four World Jamboree Crews.  Applying early will guarantee you a place and allow you more time to raise money for the great experience.

If you have any questions, please contact me as I am always glad to help.

Yours in Scouting,
Craig Murray