COVID-19 and the World Jamboree

11 April 2021

COVID-19 Response of the New Zealand Contingent

Our Contingent Team is making sure that we put the appropriate plans in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been at the top of our mind since planning started in August 2020 and as a team, we will be taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our young people and adults.

Throughout the planning stages of our trip, we will ensure that we do not make any commitments to any travel including flights or programmed activities until we have confidence that we are able to travel outside of Aotearoa and South Korea.

  • Our Contingent Team will be keeping an eye out of these areas;

  • Vaccination rollout in Aotearoa and the rest of the world.

  • Aotearoa's Travel Safe advisory states it is okay to leave the country and is safe to travel to South Korea.

  • The World Scout Jamboree has been approved by the World Organsation of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

  • We have confidence that they have the appropriate controls in place in the event that there is an outbreak or different strains.

There is regular communication between our Contingent and the World Scout Jamboree Planning Group, with the next update planned August 2021.

We're confident that with vaccinations being rolled out around the globe, that this will allow this international event to go ahead. As soon as we know more information we will be in touch.

COVID-19 Response of Korea

The Organizing Committee of the 25th World Scout Jamboree is working closely with local and national governments, as well as healthcare professionals, to ensure that all possible health and safety prevention measures are in place to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases during the event.

Korea is a role model for good health practices and has succeeded in preventing the spread of COVID-19 where proper quarantines are currently enforced and social distancing is well maintained through the country’s “3T approach”.

The 3T refers to Test (diagnosis/confirmation), Trace (epidemiological survey/trace) and Treat (isolation/treatment). The 3T approach is also called “K-quarantine,” or the Korean quarantine model.

Among the 18 measures to be proposed to the Geneva-based ISO are Korea’s temporary drive-through and walk-through COVID-19 testing centers; a smart phone app that asks users about their possible symptoms of the virus and reports the results to government officials; another app that monitors users’ self-quarantine and alerts government officials when the users leave their homes; several social distancing guidelines; government-led isolated treatment centers; and diagnostic test kits.

Intensive COVID-19 prevention measures will be implemented at the 25th World Scout Jamboree reflecting not only global standards (including World Health Organization standards), but also Korea’s control and prevention policies by KCDC (The Korea Centers for Disease Prevention and Control).

We hope that the global vaccine rollout will help ensure that ahead of the 25th World Scout Jamboree we consider the health and safety of all participants and contingents from their point of departure to the point of arrival and during the event. Being outdoors and enjoying Scouting activities in nature is safe when taking the necessary precautions.

We are hopeful that these measures, if required at the time of the event, will provide the safest environment for our Scouts from all around the globe.

Created on: 11 April 2020, written by: Justin Stewart