Scouts files serious incident report after jamboree relocation

10 Aug 2023 News


The Scouts has filed a serious incident report (SIR) with the Charity Commission after it was forced to relocate the World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) in South Korea to a safer site. 

Last week, 4,500 young people and adult volunteers travelled from the UK to SaeManGeum to attend the 25th WSJ, an event by the World Organization of the Scout Movement that takes place every four years in a different country. 

A few days after their arrival, the Scouts decided to transfer UK attendees to Seoul because of concerns around the extreme heat, high humidity and the anticipated impact of Typhoon Khanun. 

Chief executive Matt Hyde revealed that the relocation would cost the Scouts more than £1m from its reserves, a move that will affect the work of his charity for the next “three to five years”. 

The Scouts told Civil Society that it has “filed a SIR as is normal practice”.

A Charity Commission spokesperson said: “We can confirm that, in line with our guidance, the Scout Association filed a serious incident report relating to the problems at the WSJ in South Korea.

“We are considering the explanations provided and we remain in contact with the Scouts as we assess what has happened.”

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