When: Wednesday, 26th July to Saturday, 5th August 2017*
Where: Großzerlang, 110km north of Berlin, Germany
Who: Guides and Scouts between 12 and 25 years of age. Positions in the International Service Team (IST) upon availability
How much: approx. 170€ for participants**
Pre-registration: please send us an email with approx. participation number and age group
* longer stays are possible when taking part in the construction and deconstruction of the camp, or when having organized home hospitality/pre- or after-tours with your host group
** includes camp fee, meals, program. This can be reduced by grant - see below. Travel costs, home hospitality, pre- or after-tours as well as pocket money are not included. Applications for funds in your country or in Germany are possible and your host group can assist you in the process.
Every four years members of BdP (German Association of Guides and Scouts) are invited to gather at their National Jamboree, the so-called "Bundeslager" or "BuLa" for short. 5000 participants and around 500 Scouts and Guides from all over the world will come together to build a large tent city, and to experience our shared Scouting and Guiding spirit. In order to prepare for this, group leaders are invited to take part in a national pre-camp weekend at the BuLa campsite roughly 3 months prior to the official camp opening.
You and your group will be assigned to a subcamp of around 500 people each where you will be staying with your German host group.
German Guides and Scouts sleep, eat and even sing at camp-fires in their traditional heavy-cotton black tents - and they even prepare food in their "Kothen" and "Jurten". Traditionally the whole camp makes do with as few electricity as possible. Therefore, please note that opportunities to charge phones or other electrical devices will be few. Moreover, no wireless internet connection will be available. You will experience 10 days loaded with exciting outdoor activities in a back-to-the-roots scouting atmosphere that won‘t let you miss anything.
We want to make sure you and your host group can dive right into the camp experience. This is why we will partner every international group with a German Scout troop way before the camp. If you are not set with one already, we will match you up by the end of 2016. This way you will have plenty of time to work out campsite/cooking/program arrangements together.
In the past, many groups have seized the opportunity to put together a joint tour before or after the camp, or to organize home hospitality. This is, of course, up to you and your host group. They will also be able to assist you with the camp registration process, travel planning and finding funding. The latter however, will require a fast commitment as the national deadline for funding applications is 1st October, 2016.
Milestones - What to do?
Get in contact with your host group at your earliest convenience if you already have one
Until 31st of Dec. 2016 Pre-registration of your group
Until 28th of February binding registration
Dec. 2016 – April 2017: Exchange information with host group and prepare your joint camp experience
How to get more information
Please feel free to contact us at bundeslager@ with all your questions and requests, and to subscribe here to our newsletter for the latest updates. You can also find us on facebook. pfadfinden.de
IST - International Service Team
We are currently still working on the coordination of the International Service Team. If you are interested to become part of the IST, please contact us via email for further information.
We are excited to welcome you in Germany in 2017!
Yours in Guiding and Scouting & Herzlich Gut Pfad,
The International Team