The International Tent is for all things International. Find out more about International Activities and why not try out some international games

We’ve based the activities on some of the biggest ‘carnivals’ in Scouting – the World Scout Jamboree, World Scout Moot and Roverway – and some activities from the countries that have recently hosted these events. There is also World Scout Centre in Kandersteg, Switzerland which is the ‘permanent mini Jamboree’.

What is a World Scout Jamboree?

The World Scout Jamboree is a large Scout camp that happens every four years. The last Jamboree was in 2019 in North America and over 40,000 Scouts from around the world were there. 36 Explorer Scouts and 4 leaders attended from Northumberland, along with a number of other adults as part of the UK Support and Service teams. As well as 10 days camping they also visited New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. The next Jamboree is in 2023 in South Korea.

What is a World Scout Moot?

The World Scout Moot is another large Scout camp that happens every four years. The last Moot was in 2017 in Iceland and over 5,000 Scouts from around the world attended. A small number of Network Scouts attended from Northumberland, along with a few adults as part of the UK Service team. The next Moot is in 2021 in Ireland.

What is Roverway?

Roverway is a joint Scout and Guide adventure in Europe that happens every 3 to 6 years. It is for Scouts aged 16 to 22. The last Roverway was in the Netherlands in 2018, and Scouts from Northumberland and Durham attended together. The next Roverway is in 2024 – venue to be confirmed!

What is the World Scout Centre?

The World Scout Centre is also known as Kandersteg International Scout Centre, or KISC. It is in Switzerland. After the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920, Lord Baden-Powell wanted to find somewhere to be a ‘permanent mini jamboree’. KISC first opened in 1923 and hosted the 1st World Rover Moot (later World Scout Moot) in 1931. Visitors to KISC can stay indoors or camp, and more than 12,000 people from 50 countries visit every year. There are lots of activities that can be done on site, or in the surrounding mountains.

World Scout Jamboree

2019 – North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)

(For Canadian and Mexican activities, see World Scout Moot 2013 and 2000 below)

The 24th World Scout Jamboree was held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia, from 22nd July to 2nd August 2019. The theme was ‘Unlock a New World’.

CRAFT (medium) – Empire State Building
Make your own Empire State Building out of paper

CRAFT (hard) – Dreamcatcher
In Native American culture, dream catchers are hung above children’s beds for protection. There are lots of videos on making dream catchers. Remember to ask an adult for help if using a craft knife.

2015 – Japan

The 23rd World Scout Jamboree was held at the Kirarahama, Yamaguchi, from 28th July to 8th August 2015. The theme was ‘A Spirit of Unity’.

FOOD (hard) – Okonomiyaki
Japanese pancakes with a honey sauce

CRAFT (various) – Origami
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. There are loads of things that can be made using origami. A few ideas are below.

Hat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJvzSuVT6Q
Boat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM6G_QLxkCE
Fortune Teller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAhiIlTxUYA

Jumping Froghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi7oitREUBQ
Dinosaur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKOVYw9R7oI&t=49s

Flapping Bird – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1sewWOP0ls
Water Bomb – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvlb-fJq9Wc&t=43s

2011 – Sweden

The 22nd World Scout Jamboree was held in Rinkaby, Kristianstad in Scania from 27th July to 7th August 2011. The theme was ‘Simply Scouting’.

GAME (medium) – Kubb
A traditional Swedish game you can play in the garden
Written instructionshttps://www.mastersofgames.com/rules/kubb-rules.htm
Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXduBd1ewdo

FOOD (medium) – Hallongrottor
A sweet treat from Sweden which translates as ‘Raspberry Caves’

2007 – UK

The 21st World Scout Jamboree was held in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex from 27th July to 8th August 2019. The theme was ‘One World One Promise’. This Jamboree celebrated the centenary of Scouting.

2002/3 – Thailand

The 20th World Scout Jamboree was held in Sattahip from 28th December 2002 to 8th January 2003. The theme was ‘Share Our World, Share Our Cultures’.

FOOD (hard) – Pad Thai
Pad thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at most restaurants in Thailand

CRAFT (easy) – Elephant
Elephants are a national symbol of Thailand. Make one of your own from a plastic milk bottle. Remember to ask an adult for help when cutting the bottle.

1998/9 – Chile

The 19th World Scout Jamboree was held in Picarquin from 27th December 1998 to 6th January 1999. The theme was ‘Building Peace Together’.

CRAFT (medium) – Kite
Kite-flying is a traditional activity in Chile. Try making your own kite using a plastic bag

ART (medium) – Alpaca
Alpacas are animals that live in the mountains in Chile. Learn how to draw one here;

1995 – Netherlands

The 18th World Scout Jamboree was held in Dronten, Flevoland from 1st to 11th August 1995. The theme was ‘Future in Now’.

FOOD (medium) – Stamppot
A traditional Dutch dish of mashed potatoes and vegetables, served with sausage and gravy.
Stampot Recipie

GAMES (easy) – Spijkerpoepen, Koekhappen and Snoephappen
These are traditional Dutch games, played during national festivities. Spijkerpoepen is also popular with Scouts. They translate as nail-pooping, cake-biting and candy-bobbing!

1991 – South Korea

The 17th World Scout Jamboree was held in Seoraksan National Park from 8th to 16th August 1991. The theme was ‘Many Lands, One World’.

GAME (hard) – Gonggi
Gonggi is a traditional Korean game played with pebbles (marbles and dice would also work). It is harder than it looks!

CRAFT (easy) – Tayguek Fan
The Tayguek is a traditional Korean symbol. Create a tayguek fan using the template and a lolly stick.
Download Taegeuk Fan Example
Download Taeguek Fan Template

World Scout Moot

2017 – Iceland

EXPERIMENT (easy) – Fire and Ice
Iceland is known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’

Fire – make your own volcanic eruption – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5irIlCKfDCI
Ice – make your own snow – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZbjrYcNpPs

EXPERIMENT (medium) – Troll Grass Heads
Trolls are part of Icelandic folklore. Make your own troll and watch their hair grow!

2013 – Canada

FOOD (easy) – Poutine
Canadian dish of fries with gravy and cheese

FOOD (easy) – Bear Cookies
Fun biscuits to make – you could also do white ones to represent Canada’s polar bears!

2010 – Kenya

ART (medium) – Elephant, Lion and Giraffe
These are three of the most iconic animals in Southern Africa. Learn how to draw them here;
Elephant https://artprojectsforkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Draw-an-Elephant.pdf
Lion https://artprojectsforkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Draw-a-Lion-Plus.pdf
Giraffe https://artprojectsforkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Draw-Giraffe-Face.pdf

GAME (easy) – Shisima
A Kenyan game similar to noughts and crosses
Download Shisima Instructions

2004 – Taiwan

CRAFT (easy) – Mandarin Chinese Letters
Try writing your name using Mandarin Chinese letters
Download Mandarin Letters

FOOD (medium) – Egg Fu Yung
Try this Egg Fu Yung wrap, or Taiwanese Omelette, with chilli sauce

2000 – Mexico

CRAFT (medium) – Mexican Pottery

FOOD (medium) – Quesedillas

1996 – Sweden

See World Scout Jamboree 2011

1992 – Switzerland

See World Scout Centre – Kandersteg

1990 – Australia

CRAFT (hard) – Sydney Opera House
Make your own Sydney Opera House out of paper

FOOD (medium) – Lamingtons
Traditional Australian cakes


2018 – Netherlands

See World Scout Jamboree 1995

2016 – France

CRAFT (easy) – Eiffel Tower
Make your own Eiffel Tower out of paper

FOOD (easy) – Garlic Bread
Simple but very yummy!

2012 – Finland

ART (various) – Northern Lights
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are often seen in Finland
Easy (chalk and paint)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzMYiMXlv9w
Hard (oil pastels)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l26SX5w93Bs

CRAFT (easy) – Father Christmas
Father Christmas lives in Lapland which is in Northern Finland. Make your own Father Christmas out of paper

2009 – Iceland

See World Scout Moot 2017

2006 – Italy

FOOD (various) – Pizza
Pizza is originally from Italy and has been around for more than one thousand years! It is now one of the most popular foods in the world.

Easy – use pitta bread for your pizza base like in this recipe
Medium – make your own pizza base

FOOD (various) – Gelato/Ice Cream
Gelato is a frozen dessert of Italian origin, similar to ice cream but softer and with less fat
Easy – make an ice cream milkshake
Medium – try making your own gelato –https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dark_chocolate_gelato_74292

2003 – Portugal

FOOD (medium) – Custard Tarts
Traditional Portuguese custard tarts

CRAFT (various) – Azulejos
Azulejos are traditional tiles found throughout Portugal. They are mainly blue and white, but sometimes use yellow and green too
Easy – design your own azulejos on paper
Medium – paint your own azulejos on a tile

Example Azulejos

World Scout Centre – Kandersteg

FOOD (easy) – Fondue
Fondue is a Swiss dish of melted cheese which bread or other food can be dipped in to. Fondue can also be done with melted chocolate.

Cheese https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cheddarfonduewithbra_70705
Chocolate https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chocolatefonduewithf_10465

OTHER – Yodelling!
Can you learn to yodel? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSAMJmMoGA4

Where next?

There are lots of opportunities to go abroad with Scouting, and there are many group and individual trips every year.

Some of the next large world events are:

World Scout Moot 2021 – Ireland
World Scout Jamboree 2023 – South Korea
Roverway 2024 – Venue to be announced March 2021
World Scout Moot 2025 – Venue to be announced (Portugal or Azerbaijan)
World Scout Jamboree 2027 – Venue to be announced (expected to be Poland)

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