Alwaleed Philanthropies, the global foundation that empowers women and youth and invests in programmes to support cross-cultural understanding—and key partner of the Foundation and World Scouting— is participating in the 2019 World Scout Jamboree by supporting the first five young female Saudi Scouts to attend the event, and was in fact instrumental in initiating this exciting first! The Scouts are participating in activities aligned with World Scouting’s flagship Scouts for SDGs initiative, which has pledged to make the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the SDGs by 2030.
More than 45,000 Scouts and Scouting leaders from over 150 countries have come together at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, USA, to “Unlock a New World,” the theme of the 24th World Scout Jamboree. The aim is to inspire Scouts to become active citizens and create a more sustainable world by learning about global issues such as climate change and gender inequality. Through activities that range from zip-lining and hiking to public speaking and leadership workshops, young people are developing skills to help them thrive in and contribute to a rapidly changing world.
Commenting on the participation of the Saudi Scouts, HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, said, “We are proud to support the first young female Saudi Scouts to attend the Jamboree as part of our six-year commitment to World Scouting to increase the participation of girls and boys in community service in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East. Their involvement in the Jamboree’s Scouts for SDGs programme will help empower girls and young women to drive social, environmental and economic progress in the Kingdom and contribute to Saudi Vision 2030.”
The 24th World Scout Jamboree, jointly hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico, is the largest outdoor educational event organised by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, gathering Scouts aged 14 to 17 and leaders every four years. A staff of 10,500 volunteers is delivering a life-changing experience to Scouts from around the globe at the world’s most sustainable campsite, the 10,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, for this once-in-a-lifetime event which is running from 22 July to 2 August 2019. This year, as well as the first female Saudi Scouts attending, almost one hundred young Scouts total will travel from the region, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Qatar.
"The Jamboree is an extraordinary opportunity for young people to connect and learn from each other, while celebrating the diversity and unity of our global Movement of over 50 million strong," said Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. "We are pleased to see contingents from Saudi Arabia, the GCC, and around the world participating in the Jamboree, and for the support of Alwaleed Philanthropies to engage young people in education for peace and sustainable development. Together we are enabling young people to become active global citizens who are creating positive change in communities around the world."
The World Scout Jamboree offers an inviting atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding and fosters social interaction and engagement among Scouts from different cultures. This is a hallmark of the Jamboree experience. Through educational activities, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree supports young people to develop leadership skills and engage in dialogue about peace and sustainability, enabling them to become active global citizens who are creating positive change in communities around the world.
Alongside adventurous outdoor activities, Scouts at the Jamboree are able to interact through the Better World exhibition and the Global Development Village to strengthen their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comes as part of World Scouting’s flagship Scouts for SDGs initiative, supported by Alwaleed Philanthropies, which has pledged to make the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the SDGs by 2030. Various international partners including UNICEF, UNHCR, UN Environment, UN Women, WWF, and KAICIID have a strong presence at the Jamboree, offering Scouts the opportunity to participate in exciting and immersive learning activities.
The Jamboree is nothing short of a fully operational city. The campsite stretches over 4000 hectares of land and is considered to be one of the most advanced and sustainable adventure bases for young people in the world.
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