The 25th World Scout Jamboree 2023 Saemangeum (hereafter referred to as the 2023 World Jamboree) finished its official schedule with the K-Pop Super Live Concert held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the 11th.
Due to the heatwave and typhoon last time, about 40,000 youth scouts left Saemangeum and continued the purpose of the Jamboree to pursue ‘new experiences, adventures, and exchanges’ in 8 cities and provinces across the country. And on that day, the members who gathered again at the Seoul World Cup Stadium enjoyed the K-Pop Super Live Concert with wide smiles and excited hearts.
Hyein of the K-pop group ‘New Jeans’, who was in charge of hosting the concert, said, “It seems that the common denominator of K-pop and the scouts gathered here is that you dream and achieve it.”
On this day’s concert, K-pop stars such as the rookie group Zero Base One, Mamamoo, New Jeans, Ive, ITZY, who recently topped the Billboard main album chart, and NCT Dream, who performed at the Jamboree held in the United States four years ago, performed to celebrate. did.
The rain that fell even before the full-scale concert started became thicker in the second half of the concert, but the cheers and enthusiasm of the scouts who met the K-pop stars in person did not cool down.
In particular, about 40,000 members enjoyed the last festival night of the 2023 World Jamboree by continuing to cheer for ‘Riding the Waves’ several times in an enthusiastic atmosphere.
Prior to the K-Pop Super Live Concert, the closing ceremony of the 2023 World Jamboree was also held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, who attended the closing ceremony, said, “I feel sorry for the hardships the scouts have suffered during the event due to unprecedented heat waves and typhoons caused by climate change.” I am grateful for the hard work of volunteers, medical staff, military, police, firefighting, etc. who have taken the lead, and I am deeply grateful for the support of the people.”
As more than 40,000 Jamboree members gathered in one place on this day, related ministries such as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security devoted all their efforts to preventing safety accidents and managing crowds. Prior to the event, great attention was paid to safety and cleanliness, including a thorough on-site safety inspection, installation of four on-site emergency medical stations, reinforcement of stage wires, real-time monitoring of weather changes by a resident weather forecaster at the site, and the deployment of more than 300 cleaning and beautification personnel.
Prime Minister Han emphasized, “Even under the scorching sunlight, the Scouts were overcoming difficulties by caring for each other first with extraordinary responsibility and altruism.”
“The government will take responsibility for your safety until the last member leaves,” he added, adding, “The Republic of Korea always supports your dreams.”
In addition, World Scout Federation Secretary-General Ahmed Alhendawi said in his farewell address, “We have never faced so many challenges and extreme weather conditions, but no other Jamboree in history has shown the determination, creativity and resilience of the Scouts here.” Against this, I turned this into a more special experience. We got the Jamboree back and we got back together,” he said.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the Korean Scouts, the government, and most of all, the Korean people. Many people helped us, and we stopped on the street often because of their sincere consideration and hospitality.”
Lim Jae-yeon, head of the 2023 World Jamboree Guest Service Department, also stood on the stage of the closing ceremony and said, “We overcame the typhoon and showed resilience and unity by facing difficult situations.” said.
Then, he delivered the official declaration of the closure of the 2023 World Jamboree, promising a reunion in Poland, the venue four years later.
Meanwhile, scouts from each country who participated in this Jamboree left Saemangeum due to heat waves and typhoons. went on
In Yeouido and Gwanghwamun, Seoul, 2,520 members participated in the ‘Welcome Seoul Dance Night’ and shared friendship through music and dance. I had time to experience the cutting edge technology of
In particular, members of the participating countries of the Korean War visited the Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall and were able to witness the sacrifice and dedication of the veterans. In Gyeonggi-do, participants participated in rescue and first-aid experiences such as rope descent and survival swimming at the firefighting academy.
In addition, visit major museums and art galleries, such as the National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Korean History, and visit various tourist attractions such as ‘Mud Experience’ in Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do, ‘Gyejoksan Hwangtogil Trekking’ in Daejeon, and ‘Cheongnamdae’ in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do to see a new side of Korea. also experienced
Eight cities and provinces across the country generously provided medical support to scouts. In particular, Jecheon Seoul Hospital voluntarily formed a medical volunteer group to visit Guinsa Temple in Danyang-gun, where about 1,500 scouts are staying, to treat skin diseases, flu, and corona patients for two days. carried out volunteer work.
Japan Jamboree participants expressed their gratitude to the medical volunteers, saying, “I was uncomfortable with my skin disease, but I am grateful that I was able to receive treatment.”
The 2023 World Jamboree has now completed its 12-day long journey.
Initially, there were concerns about whether their meeting would be possible due to the Corona 19 pandemic, but scouts from each country gathered in Saemangeum despite successive difficulties and greeted each other with welcome smiles and cheers.
Scouts from each country gathered in this way will leave for their own countries with memories of what they have seen and felt about Korea.
Reflecting on the meaning of scouting delivered by World Scout Federation Secretary-General Ahmed through his farewell address, I would like to say my final goodbyes to the 2023 World Jamboree.
“Look to your right and to your left and smile. Remember all the people who went through this unique experience with you. You will look back on this experience and reflect on what you have learned. But one thing we know and have proven once again, if anyone can do it, it is scouts.”
Source: Policy news – Policy briefing Seri Yoon, link