The World Scout Centre at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden is a buzz of activity. It is the place where World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), its National Scout Organizations and key partners showcase their current work, recent achievements, flagship projects, new initiatives and upcoming World Scouting events. The Centre is open to Jamboree participants (14-18 year olds), adult leaders, day visitors and special guests.
At the heart of this space is the WOSM tent, which has over the years earned the name of the space, as the World Scout Centre itself, not only because situated at the physical centre of this area and is the biggest exhibition and activity space in the area.
This is the place to come to if one wants to know everything about World Scouting. The WOSM area offers various exhibits with inspirational messages and the opportunity to participate in short activities to discover and experience the impact of, and reasons for, the work undertaken by World Scouting.
This year the World Scout Centre offers information and activities to discover how Scouting contributes to creating a better world by, promoting peace through a culture of peace, ensuring environmental stability, equipping the young people with awareness on issues such as fighting poverty & social exclusion, sustainable development, leadership, health and safety, and human/child rights with special emphasis on child protection. The Centre also offers opportunities to learn from others’ experiences and best practices.
To deliver the above and taking into consideration the 22nd World Scout Jamboree’s key concepts, the Centre has been built around five themes:
- Meetings – to inspire one another for international citizenship through interactions of mutual sharing and
- Nature – to explore various activities and projects in order to protect the environment
- Solidarity – to reflect and share a common responsibility towards the world and towards each other
- Leadership – to acquire and practise leadership skills
- Peace – to act individually and collectively for local, regional and international cooperation based on dialogue, understanding and appreciating differences
The Peace area additionally offers the unique opportunity to sign up for the next big World Scouting project, the Messengers of Peace. Those signing up for the project could win attractive prizes including iPads from Apple. Hundreds of visitors arrive at the World Scout Centre every hour and leave the area with a smile, some gifts and souvenirs, and more importantly, improved awareness on World Scouting’s contribution to the achievement of the Mission and Vision of Scouting.