The Boy Scouts will ensure that condoms will be made “readily and easily accessible” at the 24th World Scout Jamboree, scheduled to be held in the mountains of West Virginia from July 21 to August 1, 2019.
Rules now require that the host organization of the event provide condoms at a “number of locations” for use by staff and participants. Leaders of attending organizations are expected to communicate the policy to their “participants, unit leaders, and contingent staff,” the Washington Examiner reported. Guidelines also note that “consideration shall be given to the various cultures and beliefs present” when distributing information onsite about condom availability.
Next year’s event marks the first time the jamboree will be hosted by three national scout organizations — Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México and the Boy Scouts of America. It will also represent the initial opportunity for women and those in the LGBTQI community to attend the event with the Boy Scouts of America.
The condom mandate was enacted in 2016 following the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan, but it was just recently released in an email. The scouts hold a World Jamboree every four years, and the World Scout Committee reportedly modified the guidelines ahead of the 2019 event.
According to the Daily Mail, “International members of the Girl Guides or Girl Scouts, as they are known in the US, have been allowed to attend past jamborees if their national association had an arrangement with the World Organization of the Scout Movement.”
“Half of all participants” at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree are expected to be girls.
Drugs are banned from the event, including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, and other “psychoactive substances,” and alcohol will not be available.
The theme of the 2019 event is “Unlock a New World,” which is intended to reflect the “new adventures, cultures and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world during the event,” according to a post on the event’s Facebook page. It is also meant to be a “celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace and friendship.”