At the first World Scout Jamboree that will welcome female and LGBTQI community members from the American organization, condoms are going to be made “readily and easily” accessible to event attendees. New rules require that the host provide the condoms and that the policy must be communicated to all “participants, unit leaders, and contingent staff.”
The 24th World Scout Jamboree is scheduled to be held in West Virginia between July 21 and August 1, 2019. It represents the first occasion where three national scout organizations will hold the event, including the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and Asociación de Scouts de México.
It will also be the first jamboree where female and members of the LGBTQI community will be able to attend the function with the Boy Scouts of America.
The decision to make providing condoms mandatory was originally issued in 2016 after the 2015 World Jamboree held in Japan.
World Jamborees are held every four years, making the 2019 event the first time the new rules will be in effect. The intention behind the gathering is described as “a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace, and friendship.”
The theme for the 2019 gathering is “Unlock a New World,” a reflection of the “new adventures, cultures, and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world during the event.”
According to a report by the Daily Mail, the organization predicts that “half of all participants” will be female at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.
Guidelines in the announcement also stated that “consideration shall be given to the various cultures and beliefs present” in regards to the distribution of information onsite about the availability of condoms.
Just weeks ago, it was revealed that the Boy Scouts of America would undergo a name change to reflect that girls and individuals from the LGBTQI community are not welcome to join. It will be called Scouts BSA as of February 2019. However, the parent organization will maintain its original moniker, and the Cub Scouts will also keep its name.
The Cub Scouts, a program for seven to 10-year-olds, has already begun admitting girls, and Scouts BSA, a program for 11 to 17-year-olds, will follow suit next year.