Jamboree international embarrassment becomes a reality, New York Times article

Parents complain of heat exhaustion at 25th World Scouting Jamboree

The motto of the Scouts is “Be Prepared.” The New York Timescriticizes the 25th World Scout Jamboree, saying that event organizers, including scout organization officials and governments, did not seem to live up to this principle.(Source article)

Below is an excerpt from the article

Scouting organization cancels event due to safety concerns

Hundreds of young participants are being treated for heat exhaustion, and on Friday, scouting associations in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States said scouts would be leaving the campsite due to safety concerns.

World Scouting Organization recommends early shutdown

The World Scout Movement Organization has advised the South Korean government and the Korean Scout Association to end the jamboree earlier than the currently scheduled August 12 due to the heat wave.

Hours before the contingent announced its departure, the South Korean government said it would spend millions of dollars to improve conditions at the jamboree, including deploying additional water trucks, portable toilets, air conditioning, medical personnel, and increasing the amount of food provided to scouts.

Scouts at Saemangeum struggle with the heat wave

The Jamboree, which switches host countries every four years, brought together more than 43,000 scouts from 158 countries to Saemangeum on the west coast of South Korea. Saemangeum is a large flat area that was reclaimed in a controversial land reclamation project about 15 years ago. But the scouts are struggling with an extreme heat wave, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of the day and staying above 77 degrees at night.

Parents express collective concern

Between last Saturday and Friday, at least 138 people were hospitalized for heat exhaustion. Scouts struggled to find shade, and parents around the world expressed concern for their children at the camp.

Some parents criticized event organizers, saying basic needs like food and space for scouts to cool off were not met. Disappointment and safety concerns led scouting organizations in the United States, Singapore, and elsewhere to pull out of the jamboree.

  • This post was adapted from https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/05/world/asia/scout-jamboree-heat-wave-south-korea.html.

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