Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: World Jamboree in the U.S.?
World Jamboree in the U.S.?
Wed, 4 Nov 1998 08:30:40 -0500
In addition to the reasons cited by Robert Reeder, there is another reason
why there will probably never be another World Jamboree in the U.S. WOSM
strictly limits the size of the contingent from any one country to a World
Jamboree and, no matter what criteria would be set up to determine which
U.S. Scouts and leaders could participate in a World Jamboree in the U.S.,
there would be many U.S. Scouts and leaders who would be disappointed and
angry because they would be unable to participate.
I believe it was after the 1971 World Jamboree in Japan, where a large
percentage of the participants were from the United states and Japan,, that
WOSM decided that no more than 10% of the participants in a World Jamboree
can come from one country. That rule makes a World Jamboree a truly world
gathering which is not dominated by any one country, but it would severely
limit U.S. participation in a World Jamboree held in the U.S. If there
were 40,000 Scouts and leaders, excluding jamboree staff, at a World
Jamboree at A.P. Hill, using the 10% rule, the U.S. would be limited to
4000 of those. With the standard jamboree troop, that would mean 100
troops, each with 36 Scouts and 4 leaders, a total of 3600 Scouts and 400
troop leaders. That is an average of only two troops per state, far less
than what the demand would be.
The potential conflict of deciding which Scouts and leaders would be chosen
to make up the U.S. contingent to a World Jamboree at A.P. Hill is another
reason why we will probably never see a World Jamboree there.