This year, under the Jamboree Assist Scheme, the Lord Baden-Powell Society will help deserving NSW Scouts to attend the Australian Jamboree in January 2016. Successful applicants will receive financial assistance – covering most of their travel costs and attendance fees. The only conditions are that applicants must have already attained their Pioneer Badge and will afterwards write a short description of their experiences at the Jamboree.
The intention of the Jamboree Assist Scheme is to give the opportunity to attend the Jamboree to Scouts who would otherwise not have that opportunity. Preference is given to Scouts who have a good record of achievement and commitment during their time at Scouts.
Leaders who know of deserving Scouts in their Group should request application kits from State Office. Kits will be available in late January, and applicants will have until close of business on Friday 12 June 2015 to submit their completed application to State Office. Successful applicants will be notified by letter before the second Jamboree payment is due at the end of June 2015.
It is important to note that the review committee will consider only applications from Scouts who have already attained their Pioneer Badge, not from those who merely intend to. Sufficient time has been allowed to enable Scouts to complete this requirement before submitting an application. Please also note that under the terms of the Scheme recipients of assistance must complete a report of at least 200 words, illustrated with photographs, describing their time at the Jamboree. Reports must be received by Friday 19 February 2016.
Since 1984, Members of the Lord Baden-Powell Society have helped young Australians to experience the joys and benefits of Scouting through private financial support. In recent times the Society has given $40,000 each year to financially disadvantaged Scouts who would otherwise be unable to afford the attendance fees for national and international Jamborees. Over 300 Scouts were able to attend AJ2013 with assistance from the Society, and more recently the Society helped Scouts to attend WJ2015 and AV2015 (Venturers).