Operation-K, apply for aid to attend the 25th WSJ!

Draw Your Dreamand make it a reality to be part of the 25th World Scout Jamboree, which is to be held at SaeManGeum, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea from the 1st to 12th August 2023.

The SCOUTS South Africa Jamboree Contingent will depart on 24th July 2023 to Korea to attend the 25th World Scout Jamboree and return on 14th August 2023.

The World Scout Jamboree will bring together over 50,000 Scouts and Adult Leaders from all over the world. It takes place every four years, and only Scouts between the ages of 14 and 18 are eligible to attend.

The 25th World Scout Jamboree experience will enable young people to realise their dreams, make friendships with people from different cultures around the world, and take part in a safe, inclusive, and sustainable programme.

The Programme is designed around several core elements: Scouting for Life, Smart & Scientific, Safe & Secure, Sustainability, and ACT: Adventure, Culture, Tradition.

In a bid to further expand the horizons of the participating Scouts, and to give them more insight into Korean history and culture, a pre-tour is being arranged that will include visits to Seoul, the DMZ between South and North Korea, as well as tours of various monuments, museums, and other attractions.

Scouts may also experience first-hand a more intimate part of Korean life as part of the Home Hospitality programme (HoHo), where they will get to share the daily life of a Korean family as an honoured guest of a host Korean family for a few days prior to the beginning of the Jamboree.

Operation-K Solidarity Programme

As part of their efforts in hosting the 25th World Scout Jamboree, the Jamboree organisers, in collaboration with the Korean government, have launched the Operation-K Solidarity Programme to ensure that as many Scouts as possible are able to attend the event regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.

Through the programme they are assisting with partial funding for nine South African Scouts and one Adult Leader. 

Operation-K is a three-way funded programme and is subject to sufficient funds required being raised. Some financial support is provided by the 25WSJ organisers, and the balance is required from self-funding by the applicant and the majority through donations and financial support from donors.

Grab this opportunity of a lifetime!

Application as an Operation-K Participant is open to all Scouts / Adult Leaders who meet the following criteria prior to departure in July 2023.

Each selected Scout participant:

  • Must have been born between 22nd July 2005 and 31st July 2009.
  • Must be an active member of a Scout Troop and Patrol.
  • Must have achieved their Adventurer advancement before departure.
  • Must be recommended by their Court of Honour and Troop Scouter.
  • Will be required provide a financial contribution of R3,000 (Three Thousand Rand) towards the full Jamboree Contingent Fee.
  • Will be required to provide proof of income and bank statements of the parents/guardians to support their application for Operation-K funding.

The selected Adult Leader:

  • Must be an active member of a Scout Troop / Group.
  • Must hold a Warrant – preference will be given to Wood Badge holders.
  • Must be recommended by their Scout Group Leader / District Commissioner.
  • Will be required provide a financial contribution of R3,000 (Three Thousand Rand) towards the full Jamboree Contingent Fee.
  • Will be required to provide proof of income and bank statements, or that of their parents/guardians if still a dependant, to support their application for Operation-K funding.

To apply for this opportunity of financial support from Operation-K,

  • Please complete the Operation-K application form HERE.
  • Sumbit it along with all the required supporting documentation to the SSA Contingent Management Team, 25th World Scout Jamboree, on email jamboree@scouts.org.za no later than 20  January 2022.

Should you require further information on Operation-K or the Scouts South Africa Jamboree Contingent, please contact David Van Eyk, SCOUTS South Africa Contingent Leader, 25th World Scout Jamboree, on email david.vaneyk@scouts.org.za.

For further information on the 25th World Scout Jamboree, visit the official Jamboree website: https://www.2023wsjkorea.org

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