Special Needs at the World Scout Jamboree

Adapted from a report by Tony Mei, the Inclusion Advisor for Centro Mondial at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

Cane maze at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) took place last summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. It was the first World Jamboree to take place in North America since the 1983 Jamboree in Alberta, Canada. It was the first to take place in the United States since 1967.

BSA National Jamborees have traditionally included a specific program, the Disabilities Awareness Challenge, as a focal point for disability awareness events and activities. The World Jamboree, which has not previously included these activities, placed these events and activities under Centro Mondial’s “Living in the 21st Century” which were spread across five of its focus area programs (Communications/Media, Exploration, Food, Transportation, and Workforce). These programs implemented ten of the twenty activities typically appearing in the Disabilities Awareness Challenge plus eight new activities.