WSJ 2015

The World Scout Jamboree

A World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a gathering of Scouts and Guides from all over the world for an exciting programme of global development, peace, cultural understanding, adventure, friendship and fun.

The Scout Association has a long history of sending groups of Scouts, known as a Contingent, to attend the WSJ. In 2007 The Scout Association (TSA) hosted the 21st WSJ at Hylands Park in Essex and in 2011 the UK Contingent to the 22nd WSJ in Sweden was the association’s largest ever overseas expedition.

Building on this success TSA intends to form a Contingent to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015.

23rd World Scout Jamboree, Japan 2015 – WSJ 2015

What do we know about the Jamboree so far?

Lots of details about the 23rd WSJ are not yet known but further information can be found at www.23wsj.jp

Theme

The theme for the 23rd WSJ is “WA- A Spirit of Unity”, is described in a Kanji Character, and has many meanings in one word. “WA” stands for harmony, unity, friendship and peace. Wa also means Japan too.

Date

Tuesday, 28 July to Saturday, 8 August 2015 (although the UK’s participation is likely to include a pre/post event and Home (or Hosted) Hospitality

Venue

40f48e34296be43f1e933053587d4d2b_f135Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Coordinates: N 34°01’, E131°23’Altitude: 2.7m – 15.8m

Avg.Temp: Max30.6°C/Min 25.2°C

Avg. Rainfall: 4.1mm / day

Jamboree Programme

The Jamboree programme is expected to include the following elements:

Peace Programme

A one-day off-site programme to Hiroshima will provide the opportunity for all participants to learn from the events of 1945. Participants may visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park including the museum.

Peace Memorial Ceremony

As 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of cities in Japan, we are creating the possibility for representative Scouts – possibly one from each NSOs – to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima.

Global Development Village (GDV)

GDV will be an on-site module programme, which tries to raise awareness of global issues such as peace, the environment, development, human rights and health among participants. As the 23WSJ will be held in Japan, GDV will focus on disaster mitigation. We will ask for active involvement of the UN agencies, NGOs and NPOs.

Exploring Nature

A full day programme that will foster better understanding of surrounding nature to bring appreciation to the environment. This programme will be held in Yamaguchi City.

Cross Road of Culture (CRC)

CRC will be an activity to promote the exchange of cultures, and learn respect for the cultures amongst participants.
Also in the CRC programme, we will try to have a programme aimed at deepening the cultural understanding of Japan from traditional culture to pop culture among the participants.

City of Science (COS)

COS, which will be one-day programme in Kirara-hama, which will deepen the understanding of advances in science and technology and the benefits and problems associated with science. This programme provides a venue for learning about the development of fuel cells and other energy sources for the future, ecological problems, and robotics and automotive technologies.

Community Services

There will be a day for community services. Participants can compare their own community to another community. This programme includes practical implementation of the “Reaching Out” strategy in the local community. Participants will be able to experience the real Japan by working with local people.

Water Activities

Water activities such as sailing, wind surfing, snorkelling, rafting and fishing will be carried out at lakes, rivers or the nearby coast.

Make up of a Jamboree Unit

Every Jamboree Unit is made up of 36 young people (in Patrols of 9) and 4 Leaders (one for each Patrol). The 4 Jamboree Unit leadership roles are: a Unit Leader, a Deputy Unit Leader and 2 Assistant Unit Leaders.