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Tree in foreground of an image of Gyeongbokung Palace.

Dr. Paul Jensen (left) and Agii Kerwin (right) chat over Zoom about World Scout Jamboree health and safety for the U.S. Contingent.

The U.S. Contingent Media Team’s Agii Kerwin sat down with Dr. Paul Jensen of the U.S. Contingent Medical Team to chat about some frequently asked health and safety questions.

What medical documents are needed to attend the WSJ Jamboree?

  1. Registration to join the Jamboree
  2. Updated copy of the health and medical form (ABC)
    • Must be signed by physician 
    • Keep a copy for yourself
  3. “Bring in Permit”
    • This is for Scouts taking certain medication colloquially known as narcotics 


What resources are provided for mental health?

  • If you are taking medication for mental health, don’t stop taking them throughout your time in Korea
  • Mental health vs. Spiritual health
    • US Contingent has 2 chaplains, Doctor David Briscoe, and Reverend Nathan Williams. They are available to help and counsel. 
    • 6 Special Clinics called the Listen Ear Clinics, staffed by volunteer counselors who are there to support issues like home sickness, stress, poor sleep, relationship issues etc. You can just drop in and talk with trained counselors. 
    • Jamboree Hospital, located at the center of the camp, will have psychiatrists


What should be in each scout’s first aid kit?

  • Prepare for the heat, wear hats and bring sunscreen to prevent sunburn as well as heat related injuries
  • Water, stay hydrated! Your pee should be strawed color, 2 liters on the low end and up to a gallon depending on what you’re doing 
  • Moleskin 
  • Bandages 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Hand Sanitizers 
  • Emergency Medicines 
  • Inhaler
  • Sugar tablets or hard candy 
  • Allergies – Epinephrine pen, Auvi Q, Epiphan

How to prevent Illness?

  • Use Hand sanitizer frequently
  • Wash your hands frequently 
  • Properly cleaning and sanitizing food equipment
  • Get healthy now – start exercising, get acclimated to the heat


What vaccinations are needed to attend the WSJ?

  • Required: Tetanus Diphtheria Vaccine
  • Recommended:
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Polio Vaccinations 
    • Chicken Pox Vaccination 
    • Hepatitis A 
    • Hepatitis B 
  • Recommended specifically for travel to the Republic of South Korea 
    • Meningococcal Vaccination
    • Typhoid
    • Japanese Encephalitis 
    • Influenza Vaccine
    • COVID