Coming in July 2024: JAMBOREE-ON-THE-WATER (JOTW)! Sea Scout Ship 1176 of Springfield, Virginia USA and its partners, along with the Sea Scout Committee of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America(NCAC) will take the lead in organizing the inaugural Jamboree-on-the-Water in July of 2024.
The idea behind having a Jamboree centered on water-based activities is that the JOTW will become the third leg of a “Triple Crown” of three different kinds of remotelocation Scout Jamboree adventures: (1) on land (Jamboree on the Trail), (2) in the air (Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet) and (3) on the sea (Jamboree-onthe-water).
The Jamboree-on-the-Water will be like the other two “join-in” Jamborees that allow Scouts anywhere to join in and participate by organizing local events on the same date in locations everywhere and unite in camaraderie by using modern communication
technology to share their experience on the Internet and on Facebook. Together, these three events form a “trifecta” of different kinds of Jamboree experiences that make up the “Triple Crown of Scouting.”
What is the Jamboree on the Water?
Jamboree-on-the-Water is an annual day for Scouts of the World Scout Movement to get together on the water, wherever they are in the world, at the same time. All Scouts, regardless of their age or program — Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Rover Scouts, Guides, etc. — are invited to participate in whatever way they can, wherever they are. To participate, Scouts only need to plan and execute a water-related event on the second weekend in July and send a short report and picture(s) for the web site and Facebook page. Sign up your unit and each participating individual online in advance to receive an official participation certificate.
When is the Jamboree on the Water?
The inaugural Jamboree-on-the-Water will be held on the second weekend of July in 2024, in remembrance of the first Sea Scout event ever back in July of 1909.
How do you participate?
Participation is easy and fun. Plan an activity involving the water on the second weekend of July. If it is not possible that weekend where you live, any activity in July could be acceptable. Register your activity and participants online to receive an official JOTW certificate after the event. Participation patches can be purchased separately. Cub Scouts and younger Scouting sections could visit a local pond, lake, or beach as part of a weekend camp. A Scout Troop might check out a water activity of any kind, particularly involving ships, boats, canoes, kayaks or paddleboats, or take part in some educational presentation or activity done while working on water-centered Merit Badge requirements. A Venture or Rover Crew might make a Service Project out of restoring or maintaining portions of a dock or help with harbor cleanup. In their way, everyone will be on the water in solidarity with world-wide Sea Scouting, progressing together in the same direction: towards a better future through Scouting. If you want to help in the organization, you can volunteer to be on the JOTW Event Advisory Committee (Scouts and adults) or be the representative for your council, state, or province, or serve as a national JOTW coordinator for your country.
Is there a badge or participation patch?
It would not be a true Scouting event without a badge or participation patch. Participants will be able to purchase a JOTW badge as recognition of having participated in this worldwide event. Scouts around the world are invited to suggest badge ideas. Event participants will be able to order badges online from the official JOTW website. All registered Scouts who take part will be sent a certificate by e-mail.