THE Fiji Scouts Association will celebrate its centennial anniversary — being in existence since 1914 — next year.
The celebration, to be held at Queen Victoria School, is expected to bring in about 3000 Scouts from around the globe.
Association executive Joji Qaranivalu said preparation for next year's major celebration would begin soon after this week's national rover moot camp in Savusavu on Vanua Levu.
"The 3000 Scouts will include those from Asia Pacific countries and the United Kingdom. The team from the UK will be our special guests because they brought Scout over to Fiji through the colonial government," Mr Qaranivalu said.
"QVS is an ideal location because it is central in terms of having the North team travel to Natovi and head to QVS and the same for those from the West and Central divisions.
"We will begin preparation for the jamboree right after this national camp. We have invited the Asia Pacific countries and scouts from around our country to be part of this centennial celebration."
Mr Qaranivalu said QVS, in the district of Namena, had already hosted two jamborees.
"We will have the Scout teams from Tailevu, Wainibuka and Rewa organise the jamboree, working in partnership with the headquarters. We will start fundraising now for a budget of about $750,000 to help us cater for next year's meet.
"Having it in QVS is also good because we will use nearby schools for camping and have our different teams rotate from school to school. Planning for the camp site, water supply and other logistics are all part of our preparation plan."