In Summer 2015, over 40,000 Scouts from around the world will
gather in Kirara-Hama in Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.
They will enjoy a range of activities and experiences. But all this
is only possible thanks to a large group of volunteers known as the
International Service Team, or IST.
Selection for the IST has been highly competitive. Across the
South West region over 200 applied to join the team of 93. 24
Successful candidates were from Avon, which is the largest South
West team. Selection took the form of a three-part day of
activities to identify a range of skills including teamwork,
leadership and communication, as well as a level of physical
Candidates first took part in a communication exercise at 1st
Nailsea HQ - to design an informative communication to a Jamboree
Unit to support their training.
For the second part of the day, the candidates were transported by
minibus to the Gordano District Campsite at Glenny Wood. There they
were given a safety briefing and issued with equipment including
hi-vis vests, safety goggles and gloves. Their task was to build
the framework for a new campfire seating area using timber. After
the selection day, the Glenny Wood campsite team finished the
benches which will provide seating for 180 around the campfire for
years to come. As well as testing teamwork and leadership skills,
the participants were also assessed on their ability to follow
instructions, use heavy tools and their physical fitness.
To finish the day, each candidate took part in a 15 minute
interview. The results were then sent to HQ.
Phil Woolcock, Deputy County Commissioner 6-14 and Activities,
has been working with the Jamboree volunteers from November
onwards, and organised the selection day. He said
"It is fantastic to see the number of volunteers stepping
forward to be part of the International Support Team in Japan. The
selection achievement rates were very high, and we have a strong
team of volunteers to go to Japan. The WSJ is a unique,
life-changing experience at a world-wide event which normally has
more countries taking part than the Olympics. I am sure all those
attending will have a fabulous time and benefit greatly from the
As well as the IST, 72 Young people and 8 adults from will be
attending as part of the UK contingent. Find