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  • Jamboree selection

    So my older scouts are currently applying to be part of the UK contingent for the Japan 2015 world jamboree. And for my local area this is running late. In some areas interviews and selection weekends have already happened.

    So I'm curious, are we the only country to start the process this early? Or is it the same with you as well?

  • #2
    The BSA has yet to send out anything about it.


    • #3
      I can feel the enthusiasm radiating.


      • #4
        We have one Scout who went to Jamboree this summer and evidently they talked about the World Jamboree in Japan there, because he came back talking about how he would like to go, if the finances can be worked out.


        • #5
          Not a peep. World in '07 was one of the highlights of my Scouting career. I'd love to go again.


          • #6
            Sounds like we're a bit ahead of the game here!

            The impression from responses is that world jamborees aren't as popular with BSA members. Any particular reason why?


            • qwazse
              qwazse commented
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              Hmmm Americans not interested in world affairs, who'd a thunk it?
              Aside from a very serious decades long crisis in geography education ...

              It's marketed to older scouts, of which there are fewer.

              You effectively go as a Venturing contingent, for which many SMs still have no love lost.

              We've just come off of a National Jamboree, which continues to only attract about 4% of eligible members. Wallets are drained. (Keep in mind that your most likely prospects from the BSA will have spent more to go to their own National event than it would cost them to go to the World Jamboree.)

              The brouhaha about not kicking gay boys to the curb has many of our pros just counting heads instead of finding volunteers to promote program.

              So yeah we are a little partied out, but hopefully will perk up by the time World Jambo rolls around.