Young Person Selection Guidance

Selection of Participants

The section of Unit members can be a challenging task, but also deeply rewarding. You will get to watch the young people you select grow and develop over a two year period, and support the group of individuals bond and become an effective Jamboree Unit.

Each young person in Scouting only has one opportunity to be selected as a youth participant for a World Scout Jamboree. For a participant to be eligible they must have been born between 22nd July 2001 and 21st July 2005.

Attendance at selection should not be limited to those who have achieved top awards or who have taken part in Unit/Troop Forums. Selection events for the Jamboree are open to all young people who are active in Scouting and meet the age criteria.

The selection of young people should consider the potential of young people to grow and develop over the Jamboree period. The assessment of an individual’s potential can be challenging, takes time and has to consider aptitude as well as existing skills.

The benefits to your local Scouting area of developing the potential of these young people will be evident on their return from the Jamboree and may give rise to the greatest local outcomes. The UK Contingent team have made the personal development of every member of the Contingent (Unit Leadership Teams, young people and International Service Team) a key part of our vision.

The profile of the Unit will need a good mix of experience and potential, you may achieve this by selecting participants with a range of ages, time involved in Scouting and from a diverse range of backgrounds.



The Scout Association is committed to being inclusive of all young people, regardless of ability or disability and has a clear Equal Opportunities Policy. All Members of the Movement should practice that equality when conducting selections, especially in promoting access for all young people. The Scout Association opposes all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

All Units should make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support the inclusion of young people with disabilities or additional needs. Reasonable adjustments means actions to enable young people with disabilities to access Scouting and Scouting activities, as far as reasonably possible, to the same level as young people without disabilities.

More information about reasonable adjustments is available here.


Selection Events

Selection events must be open, fair and accessible. Selection should focus on the skills and behaviors discussed below and assess the wide range of aptitudes. Application forms alone should not be given excessive weighting as to whether a young person should attend a selection event.

Good selection events give young people opportunities to work together, demonstrate the values of Scouting, take part in new and challenging activities and have fun.

Avoid selection events which rely on interviews alone as these are unlikely to fully assess the abilities of all young people. Observation of young people interacting with adults and other young people in a series of tasks is a more effective way of undertaking selection.


Desirable Skills and Behaviours

Selection for the Jamboree should take into account the shape of the Unit and how it will develop over the Jamboree journey. Participants should actively demonstrate the values of Scouting – care, co-operation, respect, integrity and belief.

The following are areas you should consider when selecting your participants and could be a useful framework for designing selection event activities:

Ability to work with others and form friendships Cooperation
Commitment to include others, listen and value othersRespect
Demonstrate the importance of being honest, trustworthy and loyalIntegrity
Help other people / look after surroundings Care
Express their views and take time to hear othersCommunication
Willing to take responsibility (for themselves, possessions and tasks) and make choicesResponsibility
Demonstrate willingness to participate, learn by doing and have funParticipation
Commitment to the Jamboree experience, including training eventsParticipation
Open and willing to explore faiths, beliefs and attitudes, including those that are different then their own Belief

The Jamboree is a great opportunity to meet and build friendships with Scouts and Guides from all over the world. An interest in World Scouting and global issues would be beneficial, alongside cultural awareness.

Remember, with the backing of the Contingent Support Team, the Unit will have a year and a half to prepare them for all that the Jamboree has to offer. Unit training should prepare participants for 3 weeks away from home, significant travel, different time zones, climate, physical and emotional stress, a minimum of 12 days camping, a post event and a HoHo element.


Unsuccessful Applicants

Whilst selection of participants for the Jamboree is the main aim of this process, consideration must also be given to those young people who apply but are unsuccessful.

They may not be selected due to a number of reasons, such as Unit balance. This offers you as a County an opportunity to advance international Scouting with a motivated group of young people who have shown their keenness to be involved in international Scouting.

Such applicants could be signposted to other opportunities such as Roverway or international experiences within the County. Information about other international opportunities for Scouts from the UK can be found here.

It is crucial that investment is made in supporting unsuccessful applicants so that the experience does not impact their involvement in their existing Scouting.