National Scout Jamboree to pump $15 million into State’s visitor economy

01 December 2016

Hon Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

South Australia has secured another mass participation event, with thousands of Scouts, leaders and their parents meeting here for the 25th National Scout Jamboree.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the Jamboree was a huge financial windfall for South Australia with the event expected to pump up to $15 million into the State’s visitor economy.

About 14,500 Scouts and 2500 leaders will meet at The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend in January 2019.

During their stay, they will also visit the Adelaide Hills, the Murraylands and Coorong, the CBD and Port Adelaide.

The Scouts are from all over Australia and overseas, including New Zealand, Indonesia, United Kingdom and New Caledonia.


National Scout Jamborees have been held every three years since 1934, with the last held in January 2016 in New South Wales. South Australia last hosted a National Scout Jamboree in 2004 at the Woodhouse Scout Activity Centre in the Adelaide Hills.

Scouts Australia has 70,000 members. Applications to attend the National Scout Jamboree will open in July 2017.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell

The National Scout Jamboree is a fantastic event which celebrates teamwork, learning and adventure.

South Australia is delighted to host the Jamboree and we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from around the country and overseas to our city and regions during the two weeks they are here.

This event will also showcase the fantastic new facilities at the $100 million Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, which has been developed by the Peregrine Corporation with $7.5 million from the State Government.

The visitor economy is worth about $6 billion to the State and jobs in the industry have grown by 4000 in the past two years.

Securing mass participation events such as the Jamboree, the Pacific School Games, Club Crew World Championships, Australian Masters Games and the Special Olympics, help to ensure the State’s visitor economy continues to grow.

Quotes attributable to Scouts South Australia chief commissioner Harry Long
We are incredibly excited to host the 25th National Scout Jamboree not only in South Australia, but at a new world class sport and community facility, The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend.

A Jamboree is a magnificent event that encourages young people to learn, work and grow together as they build a tented city, prepare and cook their own meals and participate in a range educational activities.

Each day approximately 4000 particpants, will enjoy activities off-site in places that include Adelaide city and the River Torrens, Port Adelaide and the Murraylands and Coorong.

One of the highlights of the Jamboree is the media centre that, through youth involvement, produces a daily newspaper and operates internal radio and TV stations.

Scouts is the largest international youth movement (40 million members) that prepares young people for the tasks and challenges of life through fun, interactive activities.

We are delighted to have the support of the State Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission and The Bend Motorsport Park and its managing director, Dr Sam Shahin.

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