Thanks to the generosity of the Scouts at the 2017 National Jamboree, more than $10,000 has been donated to the World Friendship Fund. Base Camp Charlie, which raised over $1,000, won the challenge to see which Base Camp could raise the most money.
The fund was developed by the Boy Scouts of America during the closing days of World War II. At that time, there was a great need to rebuild Scouting in nations that had been wracked by war and were rebuilding. It is a jamboree tradition to take up a collection for the fund.
The need has shifted, but the purpose of building Scouting has remained. Today developing nations and nations that need help growing their Scouting programs can apply for grants from the fund. Money has been used for developing and printing Scouting literature, uniforms, summer camp equipment, computers and other Scouting-related supplies to Scouts around the world.
The fund may help international scouts attend the 2019 World Jamboree or 2021 BSA National Jamboree.
Collection organizers within the Jamboree’s International Support Unit would like to thank all who contributed and remind them to look for ways to turn their jamboree experience into an international experience.