WEST VIRGINIA, USA — Earlier this week the Mayor of Gdansk and the Leadership of the European Jamboree 2020 Organisation paid a visit to the World Scout Jamboree 2019.
The visit was envisaged as an opportunity to experience the complexity of the jamboree and to feel the atmosphere of the biggest non-formal educational event in the world. More than 45,000 participants and volunteers from 162 countries gathered in West Virginia to celebrate unity of the Scout Movement.
ZHP Chief Commissioner Anna Nowosad, the Mayor of Gdansk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, the Jamboree Director Karol Gzyl and their teams met Chairperson of the World Scout Committee Craig Turpie and the WOSM Secretary General Ahmad Alhendawi. The discussion was focused on challenges common for young people – future participants of the European Jamboree. The Chief Commissioner and the Mayor extended an invitation to the WOSM leadership to visit Gdansk next year and actively participate in the European Jamboree.
Mr Turpie and Mr Alhendawi toured EJ2020 Team by the World Scout Jamboree venue – the Summit Bechtel National Family Scout Reserve, the biggest outdoor high-adventure facility in the world.
The EJ2020 team visited also Glen Jean National Guard Armory where the Joint Operation Centre for the World Scout Jamboree has been located. During a special briefing commander of the joint operation presented how state and federal agencies of the US government support the World Scout Jamboree in event and crisis management.
The Mayor visited also Polish National Tent in Centro Mondial where promotional exhibition for the European Jamboree 2020 is running by the Polish Contingent for the WSJ.
In the evening EJ2020 Team joined 45,000 scouts to participate in the Opening Ceremony of the World Scout Jamboree.
On the way back to Gdansk, in New York City the Jamboree Director met Deputy Representative of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations Mr Pawel Radomski. Among topics discussed in the Permanent Mission, the educational initiatives of the European Jamboree programme were highlighted.
The Host City of the European Jamboree 2020 was represented by the Mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Deputy Mayor Piotr Grzelak and the mayor’s plenipotentiary Lukasz Klos. From the Jamboree Executive Team for a mission went the Jamboree Director Karol Gzyl and the JET Member Marta Banka. Agnieszka Siluszek, Monika Woznica and Lukasz Anaszewicz from the JET volunteer at the World Scout Jamboree together with many members of the Jamboree Planning Team.