Every four years, tens of thousands of Scouts, from every corner of the world, gather in a tented city for two weeks of activities and adventure!
This is a fantastic event where up to 40,000 Scouts live and learn together. This is an amazing first-hand experience of multiculturalism in action, an opportunity to interact and participate with others from different cultures and to build solidarity and understanding across cultural and geographical boundaries. This is a World Scout Jamboree!
Aimed at 14 to 17 year olds, Scouts attend the event in national groups, called Contingents. There is one contingent from each country where there are Scouts recognised by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), and currently there are 160 member countries in WOSM! The event is supported by thousands of international adult volunteers, and a special Scout solidarity fund helps to ensure that representatives attend from as many countries as possible. This is a peace building exercise on an enormous scale!
The World Scout Jamboree truly is an amazing unique experience: for participants, for staff, and even for the visitors who come to see the camp in action!
The 22nd World Scout Jamboree will be held in Sweden in 2011. The theme for the Jamboree is Simply Scouting. In fact, the 22nd World Scout Jamboree Sweden 2011 is Simply Scouting!
... So what does this mean??
It is the answer to every question: What will the Jamboree experience be like? How will I make friends with Scouts from all over the world? How can we learn about global development? How is this all possible? Answer: Simply Scouting!!
We like to think that this is the feeling you will get onsite, wherever you are. This is the experience of Scouting in all its variety. This is a fantastic quality programme of activities for all. This is a modern approach to tackling today's issues in society. This is our Scout Method, our values, our way of working. Simply Scouting - throughout the camp and in every moment of daily life, Scouts will develop new skills and share their knowledge and experiences whilst working towards greater international understanding.
Doing what we love best: Simply Scouting!
Within the theme of "Simply Scouting", there are 3 important concepts that will be present in every aspect of the Jamboree:
22WSJ Sweden will encourage meetings between those from different cultures, religions, countries and contingents. Participants will get to know those who live outside of their own local community and find that strangers can become friends. Meetings will take place everywhere, from module activities to subcamp life, from small camp fires to huge arena events. All aspects of the camp will encourage meetings: the schedule, the programme and even the site design!!
22WSJ Sweden will be close to nature, in fact we will live in the middle of nature for 2 weeks, in an immense field surrounded by trees and woodlands. The Jamboree Programme will use the natural environment as a learning tool, demonstrating both its vulnerability and what individuals can do to better protect the world we live in.
22WSJ Sweden will encourage solidarity between Scouts of all ages, and promote the unity between Scout Organisations from around the world. It will also help us see that we share a common responsibility to our world and to each other. The Jamboree will promote respect for other people, emphasising equal rights and peace and at the Jamboree itself, all are equal, independent of any personal characteristics or background.
The Jamboree will be held on the fields of Rinkaby, not far from the town of Kristianstad, in the province of SkÃ¥ne, in the south of Sweden.
Rinkaby has already been tried and tested for some fantastic national Jamborees, including the 2001 event for 26,500 Scouts and the successful 2007 'Jiingiijamborii'.
The Jamboree site is a green grassy field, with old stone walls and groves of trees. You may have the chance to see wildlife in the surrounding pine woods. Not far away are large tracts of unspoiled nature, and the beach is only a few minutes away by bus. Perfect for a Simply Scouting adventure!
The campsite is compact, but can be divided into different sections by groves of trees, roadways, and the natural contours of the land. The stage sits in front of a huge natural amphitheatre, and will allow thousands of Scouts to enjoy the arena events. The soil onsite is very sandy, so if it rains, the water will soon drain away. As Rinkaby has previously been used for several large Scout camps, the water, electrical and telecommunications networks have already been installed underground.