Have you ever wondered what it takes on to put on an event the size of the World Scout Jamboree? The final report of the 21st World Scout Jamboree, which took place in 2007, has been released.
The 21st World Scout Jamboree was an amazing experience, made even more special
because it took place in 2007 – the Centenary of Scouting. We had the privilege of
leading the planning, preparation and organisation of the Jamboree, but there is no
doubt in our minds that it was only with the enthusiasm and huge efforts of many
others – too numerous to list here – that nearly 30,000 young people had a ‘once in
a lifetime’ experience. So from both of us, a huge thank you to everyone else who
However, we do want to specifically mention all the members of Contingent Teams
who played an absolutely crucial role in organising the participation from their
National Scout Organisations. We know that without the hard work and dedication of
those in the Contingent Teams, there would have been no participants and no
International Service Team!
We are very conscious that not everything was perfect and if we were to do it again
(perhaps in another 100 years?), there would be some things that we would want to
do differently – after all, this is what learning by doing is all about! Nevertheless,
from the evaluations that were received, we know that we got most things right most
of the time – of those that submitted a completed evaluation, 85% of all the
responses expressed to all of the questions were marked ‘very positive’ or ‘positive’
(35% for very positive and 50% for positive). Please accept our apologies if you were
one of the few who were inconvenienced by something that did not work as well as it
should have done – whether it was a coach that did not arrive at the intended time or
toilets that were not clean when you wanted to use them.
It is worth mentioning that the 21st World Scout Jamboree was a very safe event –
given the huge numbers of people involved, we are thankful that there were no major
outbreaks of sickness, no serious accidents and no fatalities during the Jamboree.
We are very grateful to everyone who helped to ensure that the Health and Safety of
those at the Jamboree was taken seriously and made a top priority.
Finally, we would like to make it clear that the purpose of this report is to record what
was done and how it was done and it is therefore primarily a reference document. It
is most certainly not intended to be a guide as to how a World Scout Jamboree
should be organised, rather it is a guide as to how the 21st World Scout Jamboree
was organised. Let’s be grateful that there is not one single model for a Jamboree and
that others will have new ideas and find ways to do things differently.
Read the whole 2007 World Scout Jamboree Report
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