Frozen days spent trekking across plains of ice. Winding roads through foreign countries. The open sky, always above you. And the dynamic landscape, changing around you everyday as you travel across new countries and continents. What sounds like every outdoorsman’s dream is reality for a few Scouts from Poland as they travel across the globe for Bike Jamboree.
Bike Jamboree is an ambitious project started by a group of Scouts from Poland in 2015 with the help of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association and the World Scout Jamboree Foundation. It is an ambitious project aiming to present Scouting as a unique movement involving extraordinary young people. People who, regardless of their nationality, culture, religion and outlook on life, can cooperate with each other. And their goal? They’re going to bike across the entire globe.
“By travelling around the world we want to show how powerful scouting is. Bike Jamboree is a relay through countries and continents that ends at the World Scout Jamboree – the biggest educational event organized by the World Scout Movement – giving the relay additional sense and meaning.”
History of the Project
The first Bike Jamboree that took place in 2015 took Scouts from Poland through Europe, Minor Asia, Middle East, Central Asia, China, and up to Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Over seventy participants took part and collectively travelled almost twelve thousand kilometers. The journey took nine different stages and lasted seven months. In each stage, 8 bikers took part, each biking anywhere from 750 to 1800 kilometers.
Bike Jamboree 2017-2019
According to the founders of this project, the first Bike Jamboree was a great success! And now, they are again undertaking the same adventure, but on a much larger scale. This time, they will end up at the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the 24th World Scout Jamboree and then travel back to Poland. In addition, this year’s route will be much more difficult and exciting – it will take 2 and a half years and will cover much more distance, circling the entire globe! Thats 35,000 km (21,748 miles), 34 stages (3-4 weeks each), and 21 countries.
In each stage at least 6 participants will participate – four from Poland and two local Scouts from the country in which the given stage takes place. During their trip, bikers will meet local scouts, learn about the countries they cycle through, and promote the aim of the project – getting communities involved with the world’s largest youth movement and its educational goals.
Check out more photos from their adventures on the Bike Jamboree Instagram!