July 22nd – August 2nd 2019
“Unlock A New World”
Attendees: 130 Sri Lankans comprising of International Support Team(IST), Scouts and Officials. Out of the Sri Lankan Contingent a large number of Scouts and IST’s were Thomians. It was very sad that many of our fellow scouts who had been planning for years to go on this Jamboree could not join us as their USA visas were rejected.
The World Jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia was a fantastic experience for all who participated. The IST’s went ahead of the scouts and helped to set up the different stations for the different programmes. The Thomian IST’s helped to man activities such as the Canopy Tours, Zipline Stations, of which there were four and Scuba Diving, of which there were two. They gained a lot; learning new skills while interacting with other IST’s from around the world.
The scouts who went on this Jamboree gained a lot by the activities and programmes at the Jamboree.
While participating in programmes such as the Cultural Day the scouts had many opportunities to get to know others from various different countries and learn about their culture and way of life. The reaction of some scouts when tasting Chili-Paste for the first time at the Sri Lanka booth was very memorable to say the least. The Jamboree activities were numerous, ranging from educational activities such as “Messenger of Peace”(MOP) to physical activities such as the “Spartan Race”. There were many other fun and enjoyable activities such as Zip-lines, BMX Biking, Skateboard Park, Mountain Biking Trails, Water Obstacle Courses, Kayaking, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Fire-Lighting, Blacksmithing and much more.
The USA Jamboree was unforgettable and many of our scouts cannot wait for the next World Jamboree in South Korea in 2023.
The official Website for the World Scout Jamboree 2019 is; https://www.2019wsj.org/