Tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world attended the 25th World Scout Jamboree in South Korea. The event, which is held every four years, brings together young scouts from 158 countries. However, the poorly-prepared event has brought humiliation to the Koreans.
The event faced numerous issues, including extreme heat, mosquito bites, lack of prior information about the schedule, and insufficient or spoiled food and bathroom facilities. The scouts were staying in tents in a tideland with no natural shade. With peak summertime temperatures reaching 35C (95F) and higher, at least 400 attendees needed treatment for heat-related symptoms such as fainting and headaches.
One parent expressed frustration with the conditions, highlighting the harsh treatment of making the children stand and clap for 25 minutes. The lack of basic hygiene and cleanliness was also a concern, with reports of mold found in eggs provided to the attendees and excessive prices charged at convenience stores.
The event, which had an estimated budget of $154 million USD, faced criticism for poor spending. There was no proper drainage facility, leading to soaked grounds and swarms of bugs. The shower facilities lacked privacy, and some restrooms were unisex. The lack of cleanliness and hygiene caused further inconvenience.
Netizens expressed anger and empathy for the children attending the event, demanding an investigation into the budget and spending. The cost to attend the Jamboree was $5,800 per person, leading to further outrage and questioning of where the money went.
Despite the controversy, the World Scout Jamboree Instagram page continued to post content showing the activities of the children, further angering netizens and parents.
The event highlights the need for proper planning and consideration for the safety and well-being of participants.