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International Service Team (Staff)

 

The 24th World Scout Jamboree is building an International Service Team (IST) of up to 9,000 Scouters to deliver the jamboree program.

 

WHAT IS AN IST AND HOW DO I SERVE ON STAFF?

 

The International Service Team (IST) staffs the Jamboree.  IST members must be 18 or older.  They serve in many roles, including security, food preparation, program staff (zip line, rock climbing, water sports, etc.), first aid, and many other roles.  The IST is an international corps; you will be working alongside staff from many countries.  IST have their own camp and dining hall.  They will have “time off” to enjoy the Jamboree and participate in some events.  For Scouts who want to join the Jamboree, but are older than 18, this is a great way to participate.

 

CLICK HERE to submit an online application

 

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TEAM EXPERIENCE VISION

 

To ensure that each and every staff member of the 24th World Scout Jamboree enjoys a welcoming, well planned, and safe environment that allows them to provide Scouts and Scouters from around the world the experience of a lifetime. We will do this by developing and providing each staff member access to sufficient training, opportunities for fellowship, clear roles and accountabilities, flexible work schedules where possible, and the support necessary to make meaningful contributions to the event while experiencing being a valued member of the World Jamboree IST.  Scouts who are at least 18 years of age at the start of the jamboree are welcome to join the IST. IST members should be ready to perform any tasks necessary for the jamboree. In addition, IST members must register and attend the jamboree as part of a National Scout Organization contingent.

 

Members of the International Service Team should plan to arrive prior to the official jamboree start date, 22 July 2019, and may depart after the official jamboree end date, 2 August 2019. IST participants will be housed in four-person wall tents and cots. Staff will eat in the staff dining hall and have lunches that are portable and do not require cooking.  IST members are expected to work hard and fulfill a vital role in motivating and supporting participants and providing services, program and facilities. Some roles may require long working hours or working at night. IST members will help ensure that all young people attending the Jamboree leave with a wider view of the world, a deeper understanding of North America and a renewed commitment to Scouting.

 

A catalogue of IST jobs with a description will be provided. Please note: applications of IST members must be approved by the Boy Scouts of America before the jamboree planning team can make a job assignment.

 

HOW IS A WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE DIFFERENT THAN A NATIONAL SCOUT JAMBOREE?

 

The WSJ is different than National Jamboree’s in many ways, including:

Most National Scout Organizations have both men and women participants, so about half of the WSJ participants are girls and women.

 

The focus is more on meeting people from different cultures and countries than doing high-adventure activities.  Sure, you will have plenty of opportunities to zip-line, kayak, and ride mountain bikes, but you will also have many opportunities to meet new friends and learn what Scouting and life is like in other countries.

 

The World Scout Jamboree has special programs for participants to learn about different cultures, sustainability, peace and community service.  These activities are intended to give participants an opportunity to learn new things and to build new friendships.

 

WHAT KINDS OF ROLES SHOULD U.S. SCOUTERS EXPECT WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TEAM?

 

U.S. IST members have unique pathways to support the event because of regulations on specialized services, like medical functions. Accordingly, the Planning Team will probably assign U.S. IST members to jobs that fall within one of the following categories:

  •     Certified + US Citizen – A rare category for IST staff areas that will require a certification to deliver their assigned program AND will require the person to be a US Citizen.

Example: Medical professional that must be licensed in the US

  •     Certified – IST staff who must have a certification to deliver their assigned program.

Example: Canopy Tour facilitators.

  •     Skilled – IST staff who should have specialized skills or experience in order to effectively perform their assigned program role.

Example: Communications staff or Stadium Shows technical operators.

  •     General – Any IST staff member with interest a and some relevant experience can perform well in their assigned program role.

 

IST SELECTION PROCESS & FEES

 

The Boy Scouts of America is limited to the number of participants and International Service Team Members it can send to a World Jamboree. Based on anticipated participation, space could be limited.

 

IST applications are submitted on-line at https://wsj2019.us/apply/

 

Applying does not guarantee a spot with the US Contingent. Once you finish your application, it will be sent for further approval and review by your Council and the National Office.

 

A World Jamboree is a coed event and all are encouraged to apply. If a potential participant is currently not a member of the Boy Scouts of America due to current membership age requirements and would like to apply for the Jamboree, they should contact their local council. They will learn how to register in order to apply for the World Jamboree.

 

Once approved by their local Council and the USA Contingent leadership, IST applications will be sent to the World Jamboree Organizers (Host). The Host will notify the applicant of acceptance and job assignment. Some assignments will likely be given in 2018 and some in 2019. The applicant will need to continue to pay as per the fee schedule above. If an applicant is not ultimately accepted, they will receive a full refund.

 

INTERNATIONAL       SERVICE TEAM FEE

Early Bird Discount*

Regular Fee

$1,700

$1,800

* Early Bird Discount – applicants who submit a $250 deposit between November 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 and make all additional payments on time will have a $100 discount applied to their last payment.

 

The IST fee does not include transportation and travel related expenses. Transportation to and from the Jamboree will be the responsibility of the IST member based on when they need to report or depart from their staff assignment. The World Jamboree Organizers (Host) will provide transportation to and from a limited number of Gateways to the jamboree site. Those Gateway locations are identified as Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC, the AMTRAK station in Prince, WV, and the Ruby Welcome Center in Mt. Hope, WV.

 

IST Refund Policy: If you are not chosen to be part of the 2019 World Jamboree Contingent or IST, you will receive a FULL refund.

Requests for refunds resulting from a change in the overall staffing needs of World Jamboree will be evaluated by U.S. Jamboree Administration on a case by case basis through April 30, 2019. If you are not chosen to be part of the 2019 World Jamboree International Service Team you will receive a FULL refund.

 

All requests for refunds due to personal cancellations are to be submitted in writing to uscontingent2019@scouting.org .   All refund requests received before March 31, 2019, will be processed within six to eight weeks upon receiving the request. All refund requests received on or after April 1, 2019, will be processed six to eight weeks AFTER the close of the Jamboree. If you are selected you will not be eligible for a full refund.

 

In responding to such requests, the following decision framework will be adhered to:

  • In cases where the request involves shifting from Jamboree staff to contingent leadership (e.g., a registered IST member who is needed as a Jamboree contingent leadership member), a full refund will be made regardless of the date of the request.
  • Medical emergencies, natural disasters, and activation of military orders may entitle you to a refund. This will be decided on a case by case basis. Please submit your request in writing, along with supporting documentation to: uscontingent2019@scouting.org.

 

If the request is from any IST (Volunteer staff applicant):

  • If a position has not yet been offered, all submitted fees are refundable.
  • If a position has been offered, regardless if it was accepted or not:
  • 100% is refundable through December 31, 2018
  • $150 is nonrefundable from January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019
  • $250 is nonrefundable from April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019
  • No fees are refundable in the case of requests received after June 30, 2019

 

HOW CAN INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS LEARN MORE?

 

Follow us @wsj2019usa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And check out the USA contingent’s website at https://wsj2019.us for more information. Reach out if you have any questions!