With thousands of Scouts from across the world, World Scout Committee chairperson Craig Turpie declared the World Scout Jamboree officially underway Tuesday night at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. We’re following along and will be sharing our favorite moments from this year’s global gathering. Here’s what we’ve really enjoyed so far!

Chief Ambassador Bear Grylls Inspires Thousands With Surprise Appearance

45,000 young people got an extraordinary thrill when Chief Ambassador of World Scouting Bear Grylls made a surprise appearance at the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Bear arrived at the 10,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in true adventure style heading straight for Boulder Cove, a giant rock climbing wall in the center of the campsite designed to engage youth in leadership and skills-building activities…

“Scouts you have my absolute respect by playing such a key role in shaping the next generation of global citizens,” said Chief Ambassador Bear Grylls. “You are changing your communities and our society for the better from inside out – an unstoppable force for good – and we are only just getting started!”


Scouts from around the world are in high spirits, even with some rain

“Jess Williams with the United Kingdom Contingent wrote the official Jamboree song entitled “Unlock a Brand New World.” You can listen and download it here. She also talked with New World Live! and played the song on her ukulele. New World Live! is where you can watch a recap show of each day’s events, plus live streams of the stadium shows.

Other Scouts have been breaking into song, too, and as you can imagine, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a popular tune.”

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree opening show is one to remember

Tuesday’s opening show featured appearances by Chief Ambassador of the Scout Movement Bear Grylls; Lebohang “Lebo M” Morake, the South African composer of The Lion King films; and American band Recycled Percussion, which was on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Scouts danced, cheered, made new friends and listened to the on-stage hosts.

“The hosts made the point that we are all different, but that we are united as Scouts,” says Kristin D’Sousa of USA Contingent Crew 141. “We are a force for good in the world.”

Stay tuned for more to come as the 2019 World Scout Jamboree progresses.

Have a favorite moment? Share with us in the comments below!

Madison Austin
studies Public Relations at Brigham Young University and is a marketing specialist at the Utah National Parks Council. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in the mountainous regions of Colorado and Virginia enabled her to follow these passions. After moving to Utah to attend college, she has spent her time fostering both a career in Communications and a love for Utah's National Parks.

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