On January 31st Heads of Contingents met in Warsaw for the 3rd time. HoC from 35 countries came to Poland to discuss jamboree preparations for the last time before the beginning of the event in July.
Friday with sharing session
On Friday evening, the Jamboree Executive Team was introduced, and a representative of the city of Gdańsk welcomed HoC. The first session concerned Jamboree Promotion and Communications, Day Visitors, and Guest Services. An essential part of the evening was sharing sessions, which were run by some Contingents – Netherlands, Czechia, the UK, Chile, and German Scouts. Their main goal was sharing good practices about programme and organisation workflow in contingents. The sessions had a wide choice of topics, starting with the technical ones, ending with soft skills, for example, working within the contingent.
Saturday for diversity, SFH, healthcare and jamboree site
The second day started with a warm welcome from Jamboree Advisory Group, represented by Chip Veerle Haverhals, Lilit Chilingaryan, Emma Withington and Christine Pollithy. The last of them held a presentation about diversity and inclusion. Richard Simons, the Head of Safe from Harm department, ran a presentation about SFH. The role of Listening Ear and Safe From Harm Training was mentioned. There were also presentations about Healthcare and Medical Services.
The HoC could also learn more about the postal services, which will be provided by Poczta Harcerska Szczecin II, and see how the site will look and how the subcamps will be divided.
The second part of the day, Head of Contingents spent on small sessions. Some department members were answering all the questions in a specially arranged area. They concerned eco-friendly living during jamboree, healthcare and medical services, registration process, IST Experience & Adventure, Guest Services, Safe from Harm, Special Needs, Transport, and Cargo.
After the individual questions session, the presentation about the Jamboree Programme, its three main pillars; the topic of contingent tents was shown.
Evening surprise – Goldberg’s machine
In the evening, Heads of contingents took part in fantastic teambuilding experience – building a Goldberg’s machine.
Twenty-seven teams were supposed to make one big machine. This task showed how crucial cooperation is. HoC trained not only teamwork, but they were also preparing a big surprise for scouts who will come to Jamboree.
Sunday – conclusions
Last day of the HoC meeting, representatives of contingents spend on presentations, familiarising with the new Jamboree partner – WGL, and Q&A questions.