Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

European Camp Staff Programme

Of special interest to older Venturers and young Scouters, aged 18-30 is the European Camp Staff Programme.  The aim of the European Camp Staff program is to assist young people in developing their leadership skills and to encourage intercultural learning. To achieve this aim,the European Camp Staff Program allows you to serve volunteer staff member at a Scout center in another country.  Apply at this link.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jamboree on the Air + Jamboree on the Internet

The 57th Jamboree-on-the-Air and the 18th Jamboree-on-the-Internet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The annual World Scouting events let Scouts and Venturers communicate with Scouts from other cities, states and countries using ham radio, computers or tablets.

Scouts of any age may take part — and take part they do. The 2012 Jamboree-on-the-Air drew 700,000 participants globally, according to the World Scout Bureau.

Participation details, thanks to Bryan Wendell.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


  • Learn More:

TWO OPTIONS:  Boy Scout Troop (18 spaces remain) or Venturing Crew (male and female participants)

WSJ Scoutmaser:
Chris Geraghty – 847-471-3370

WSJ Venturing Crew Advisor:
Chris Sandberg – 612-747-0705

THE FINE PRINT: You must be 14, but no older than 18 at the time of the Jamboree; Registration Deadline is November 30, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Jamboree-on-the-Internet

The Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI, is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. This event utilizes the Internet and the numerous devices that are used to get online, from your home computer to iPad tablets, to link Scouts from around the world. Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered in the worldwide JOTA-JOTI database in 146 countries!

Jamboree on the Air

The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur’s ham shack. Many times the hams will come to you by setting up at a Scout camporee, or perhaps they already have a ham shack at your council’s camp. There are many ways to get your Scouts involved in JOTA.

European Camp Staff Program

The aim of the European Camp Staff program is to assist young people in developing their leadership skills and to encourage intercultural learning. This is achieved by providing the individual with a residential experience as a volunteer staff member at a Scout center in another country.

Scout centers in Europe do not operate in the same way that BSA camps do. The staff members of a typical European Scout center are usually involved in many different aspects of operating the center rather than specializing in one particular area. This is different from the situation in a BSA camp, where staff members are usually assigned to a particular activity or skill with which they work for the majority of their time at camp. In addition, Scouting in Europe normally operates on a coeducational basis, with males and females having the opportunity to be equally involved at all levels.

All participants in the European Camp Staff Program must be between 18 and 30 years of age and must be volunteers registered with the Boy Scouts of America. To ensure that the experience is worthwhile, participants should be prepared to commit themselves to work for a minimum of six weeks.

Interested participants should complete the BSA’s European Camp Staff Program application and submit it to their local council for the Scout executive’s approval. The application should then be mailed to the International Department for processing.