18th World Scout Jamboree
The 18th World Scout Jamboree was held August 1 to 11, 1995 and was hosted by the Netherlands on a polder nearDronten, Flevoland. 28,960 Scouts and staff members from 166 countries and territories participated in the event, the largest representation of countries to date, including 34 countries where Scouting was being born or reborn.
The event was officially opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Claus. The theme was Future is Now and the Jamboree was also visited by Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan and Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who inaugurated the second Global Development Village, a major attraction, with Scouts from all over the world sharing experiences and learning more about other ways of life. Various activities and stalls at the Plaza, in the middle of the Jamboree site, provided lighter entertainment.
Some of the range of activities were the Jamboree Friendship Award, the interreligious ceremony on violence and peace, a Scout Forum and connection via satellite with Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, with the participation of Scout associations, Non-governmental Organizationsand specialized agencies of the United Nations, in particular UNHCR and the United Nations Children's Fund.
The Comunidade do Escutismo Lusófono is based on the Carta do Escutismo Lusófono (Charter of Lusophone Scouting), formulated during the Jamboree on August 6, 1995. The original signatory organizations were the Corpo Nacional de Escutas - Escutismo Católico Português, the União dos Escoteiros do Brasil, the Corpo Nacional de Escutas da Guiné-Bissau and theAssociação de Escuteiros de São Tomé e Príncipe.