IST – Background to the Jamboree

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve between 22nd July and 2nd August 2019. You can take a helicopter tour of the site here.

The event is being hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Scouts of Mexico. It will be the largest ever event delivered by Scouting worldwide and 45,000 young people and adult volunteers are expected to attend from over 150 countries.


More about IST

The IST will be comprised of volunteers from across the world , who are all there for one reason – to make the Jamboree a success! They will fill vital roles in motivating and supporting young people, and providing services, program and facilities. The IST make the Jamboree happen and they have a lot of fun doing it.

Being part of the IST is an immensely rewarding and valuable experience with the opportunity to develop new skills, make new friends, see new parts of the world and be part of the development of young people.


What do IST Members do?

IST members will have the opportunity to express role preferences from an IST jobs catalogue for what job they would like to do at the Jamboree.

Whatever IST job you are assigned there will be hard work, some long hours and even working overnight, but the rewards – the smiles and high fives from young people, the thanks and gratitude of Unit Leaders and the pride in doing a job well done – will make it all worthwhile.

More information on the role of the IST can be found here.


UK Contingent IST

As long as you are flexible, willing to lend a hand and have a positive outlook you are the best possible person to apply to be part of the IST.

You need to be committed to ensuring young people leave the Jamboree with a wider view of the world, a deeper understanding of North America and a renewed commitment to Scouting and Guiding.

The UK has been allocated up to 750 IST places for the Jamboree, and these individuals will form part of the UK Contingent. The Contingent will also comprise of 100 Units totaling 3,600 young people and 400 Leaders from across the UK.

We hope that whoever applies to be part of the UK Contingent IST will want to support our shared vision – the development of young people and adults within the Contingent.

The role of the IST will not be limited to just two weeks in North America – the Contingent will support IST and offer them the opportunity to engage locally with Units before, during and after the Jamboree.

The Contingent want to help you progress your own skills and development, to help you and your local Scouting.

An exciting part of the Jamboree programme will be climbing and high ropes; the Summit Bechtel Reserve has over 200 climbing stations and over 5 miles of zip lines.

Those with a particular interest in using their existing or developing their skills in high ropes or climbing (or other high adventure activities), who would actively want to add to their Scouting Permit or Guiding Qualifications, and to gain National Governing Body qualifications, should discuss their experience within their application.

Following appointment of the IST, the information will be shared with the Jamboree Organisers to aid them in appointing IST to climbing and high ropes roles to help deliver this exciting area of the Jamboree Programme.



The month of July in West Virginia is usually hot and humid, with daily high temperatures of around 26°C. Some rain, particularly thunderstorms are likely during the summer months in West Virginia.

Humidity is likely to be high during the Jamboree, and this will make the ‘real feel’ temperature seem much hotter than the forecasted 26°C.


Jamboree Site

The Jamboree site is large and mountainous with steep gradients. Access is provided across the site by gravel pathways and long daily walks between different parts of the site will be the norm.

Unlike the rest of the Jamboree site, the camping areas are grassed and flat. Walking between different areas of the site will generally involve walking up or down hill.

There is unlikely to be transport across the Jamboree site, except in emergencies.