Welcome to the second newsletter for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree WOSM Team. In less than 90 days, we will all meet in West Virginia for two weeks of hard work and a lot of fun. If you missed the first newsletter, you can find it here.
We had a great Crowdcast for the WOSM team a few weeks ago and if you missed the call and want the latest information, you can find the recording of the session here.
The event is shaping up to be one of the largest jamborees ever held with total numbers expected to be over 45,000 with more than 160 National Scout Organizations (NSOs) represented. Day visitor tickets are also selling fast, so we can expect a packed site every day.
As you have probably seen from social media, the excitement is really building up among our NSOs, and particularly among the young people who will be attending. It will be a life-changing adventure for them and it will be very moving to see so many young people having such an amazing experience.
The final Heads of Contingent meeting has just taken place. There were nearly 200 people present from more than 60 NSOs. Many of the Contingent Management teams had a chance to take a last look at the Summit before they arrive for the World Scout Jamboree in July. They were able to get more details about the various aspects of the Jamboree and they left very happy indeed! Obviously, with such a large event, there are still lots of details to work out but we have definitely moved from the planning stage to a more operational stage of the process.
As you know, many of the WOSM team will arrive in good time before the Jamboree. This is so we can orientate ourselves on the huge site, assist the Host team with the final preparations, set up our operations for aspects such as communications, and be available to help with the arrivals and training of the International Service team on 18 July. It will also be a time to recover from jet lag, so we are fully fit before the hard work starts.
This bulletin contains lots of information to help ensure your arrival and time at the Jamboree is as comfortable as possible. We urge you to read it as soon as possible and take the necessary actions.
The WOSM team leads have been in regular contact with their partners in the host organisation and will be in touch with you to brief you in more detail about your specific role at the Jamboree. Our advice and guidance are being warmly welcomed and we have no doubt that we will have a great working partnership with the Host team.
We are sure that you are excited about being part of this great event and we look forward to working with you in a few weeks’ time.
Mari Nakano Stephen Peck
Committee Contact Senior Director, World Scout Events