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18th and 19th World Scout Jamborees

18th World Scout Jamboree - The Netherlands, 1995

Woking attendee - David Trendall (7th Woking)

This Jamboree took place on reclaimed land near Droten, in Flevoland. Over 2,800 participants from the UK formed part of the 28,000 strong event, enjoying the superb weather and vast range of activities. The theme was "the future starts today" and a major attraction was the Global Development Village, with Scouts from all over the world keen to share experiences and learn more about other peoples' ways of life. Lighter entertainment was provided by various walk-in fun activities and stalls at the Plaza, in the middle of the Jamboree Site. Everyone was impressed by the superb organisation before, during and after the Jamboree. A new standard was established for World Scout Jamborees of the future.

19th World Scout Jamboree - Chile 1998/9

Woking attendees - Chris Ellis (1st Horsell Leader), Matthew Swain (1st Byfleet), Jonathan Watson (1st Horsell) and Robert Wyatt (1st Byfleet)

From 27 December 1998 to 6 January 1999, the first Jamboree to take place in Latin America was held at 'Picarquin' in Chile's central zone, famous for vineyards and orchards, approximately 70 km south of Santiago. A total of almost 31,000 participants took part from 157 countries. With a theme of 'Building Peace Together' this Jamboree was quite different from those of recent times and reflected much of what is typical of Scouting in South America. Activities were patrol orientated and included a 'Day of Service' where the patrol helped in the refurbishment of facilities in local villages, and 'The Earth That Provides' which saw participants visiting typical Chilean industrial and agricultural centres in the area close to the Jamboree and hikes of varying standards. There was also an enormous 'Global Development Village' and a memorable New Year’s Eve party. Many new initiatives were used throughout the 10 days of the Jamboree, such as on-site supermarkets using a debit card for food purchases and every participant's details being stored electronically. The UK Contingent was the fourth largest, with only Brazil, Argentina and the hosts having more participants, and totalled 1,982. This figure included participants from across the UK and also 3 Scouts and their Leader from the Falkland Islands, who may never be so close to a Jamboree again!