Let “Wa” begin!
In less than three weeks, thousands of us will be making our way to Japan. And for 12 days, from 28 July to 8 August, we will be living together in a 286-hectare tented city in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, site of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.
Our host, the Scout Association of Japan, has been working round-the-clock, together with the World Scout Bureau team, to ensure that all 30 000-plus Scouts and Scout leaders attending the Jamboree will have a superbly good, fun and exciting learning experience.
The Jamboree will be a sight to see; a gathering of thousands of Scouts from all over the world at a single place for a period of time to share their cultures and make new friends.
One can see firsthand young people coming together and conspire to make peace. Participants cease to be Mexican Scouts, Saudi Scouts, Kenyan Scouts, or any particular Scout from the over 160 National Scout Organizations where Scouting happens on a local level... they become just Scouts. They refuse to allow the politics of the day to prevent them from becoming friends.
It is an amazing transformation to witness close and up front. Scouts are, without a doubt, Messengers of Peace!
I am looking forward to being at the Jamboree, my first as WOSM Secretary General, to see for myself “Wa: a Spirit of Unity” unfolds itself amongst the thousands of Scouts; the essence of what makes Scouting a great Movement for young people!
For those who will not be at the Jamboree in Japan, you can still participate virtually through the Join in Jamboree programme. Keep a watch on the Jamboree site and together with your troop, back in your own community, as you will also have the opportunity to experience the essence of the Jamboree, albeit virtually.
Let “WA” unfold!
Yours in Scouting
Scott A. Teare
Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement