World Scout Jamboree


IUCN will be taking an active part in the upcoming World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden with a team of people from the Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). The World Scout Jamboree will bring together more than 38,000 fourteen to seventeen year old Scouts from 150 countries, supported by 8,000 adults in a tent city for two weeks over July, August 2011. Rod Abson (CEC Focal Point), Andres Morales and Ivana Savić will be running workshops on two topics as part of the Global Development Village, helping Scouts to explore Children’s Environmental Rights and Celebrating Biodiversity.

As the Jamboree gets closer, we would like to draw on the assistance from young professionals on IUCN Commissions with some specific requests. We need your input on Thinking Points and the Species Quiz soon, ideally by 4 July, and help with Translation thereafter.

Support for Translation
There will be Scouts attending the event from virtually every country of the world. Some of the activities will have short instructions or questions which we would like to make available in different languages. We would like assistance for translation from English particularly to French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian (the world and regional languages of the World Organization of the Scout Movement), and other language translation would be welcome. If you are able to help with translation of several pages of text between the 4th and 18th of July, please contact Rodney.abson@iucn.org

Thinking Points
The thinking points are signs placed around the camp site with the objective of highlighting a particular issue, sharing interesting facts, or giving practical tips on how to make a difference. The aim is to place the thinking points next to something that concern the thinking point, for example a thinking point informing about the lack of water will be placed next to a water tap. This will allow participants to read, relate, realize and reflect about global issues through everyday camp-life. We would like your ideas for content for the thinking points.

The thinking points should contain:
  • A brief and easy punch line, with either a fact about the global issues or an idea how to make a difference.
  • The topic of the thinking points should address at least one of the GDV topics: Health, Peace, Human Rights, Environment and Sustainability, Entrepreneurship or Information and Communication
  • Technology. Since IUCN is focused more on the topic of Environment and Sustainability, please focus your attention to this subject.
  • Imagery is preferable but should have a reason. If you have a high resolution photograph that you would like to share for the thinking point, please send that through as well.
  • The thinking points would preferable be in both English and French, the GDV team will be able to help with the translation.
  • It cannot be an advertisement for your organization but it can of course contain the logo of the organisation.

Species Quiz
We will be running some small quizzes for the Scouts on species. If you have some good questions and answers that can be built into a quiz, please share that with the CEC team. Questions should be fun, suitable for an internationally diverse audience and based on facts. For example: Q: Which is larger, the Blue Whale or African Elephant? A: The Blue Whale. The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is 30 metres (98 ft) in length and 180 metric tons or more in weight, is the largest animal ever known to have existed. African elephants are bigger than Asian elephants. African Elephants, of the genus Loxidonta males stand 3.2–4.0 m (10–13 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh 4,700–6,048 kg (10,000–13,330 lb), while females stand 2.2–2.6 m (7.2–8.5 ft) tall and weigh 2,160–3,232 kg (4,800–7,130 lb).

If you would like to know more about the World Scout Jamboree please see: http://www.worldscoutjamboree.se/

If you have questions or comments, or are able to help with translation, thinking points, or quiz questions, please contact Rod Abson: Rodney.abson@iucn.org