2017 National Scout Jamboree Dates and Logo

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree dates have been set for July 19 to July 28, 2017 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

2017 Jamboree logo


The council plans 4 Boy Scout Troops and 2 Venturing Crews to send to the 2017 Jamboree.

Volunteer staffers from our council will be in attendance as well.  Its possible the popularity of the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit may make 2017 staff attendance an good credential to have.

Volunteer Staff information: http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/volunteers/

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23rd World Scout Jamboree!


Every four years Scouts and Guides from around the world gather in Scouting’s greatest event – the Jamboree.

Up to 40,000 scouts attend these jamborees representing every nation that has a Scouting program.  Scouts often tour the host country and then join an international encampment celebrating the ideals of scouting, the fun of the activities, the adventure of the program and the unique fellowship that is experienced at a world jamboree.

Japan will host the 23rd World Scout Jamboree from July 28 to August 8, 2015.

Learn more about the wonders of a jamboree on their website

Website:  http://www.23wsj.jp/

and this brochure:

23rd World Scout Jamboree Brochure

Adults interested in serving as leaders for a contingent should fill out the attached form below.

WSJ SR Leader Application Form

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K2BSA Amateur Radio Operations at the Jamboree

Most amateur radio event stations set themselves up to make as many contacts as possible.  K2BSA is different as its primary goal is to introduce as many Scouts and Venturers to amateur radio as possible – and to run as many Radio merit badge classes as possible.

In this video, you can see a class in session and a Fox Hunt station.  Fox Hunts are an electronic find me type of game.  Low power transmitters hidden around the Jamboree are searched by youth participants with radio direction finding gear.  The gear is similar to what wildlife scientists use to track animals released.  It’s like geocaching / orienteering  – an electronic hunt.

Finally you can see stations active and the antennae they use – all in a spot that offers a great view of the center of the Jamboree.

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Messengers of Peace – A Day of Service at the Jamboree

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Venturers and Scouts spread scout spirit to the communities of West Virginia in a day of service as a double rainbow spreads it’s good cheer across the Jamboree on Saturday evening.

A day of service at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree allows youth participants to have a meaningful impact with service projects underway in the area.

Nearly 350 projects are underway ranging from brush removal, trail work, landscaping, stone wall repair and restoration of a small mine community and office that serves as a museum.

Scouts and Venturers from the Last Frontier Council are quoted in news articles being picked up around the nation. News outlets we know of so far picking up the story include:

Miami Herald

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Live Feed Jamboree Stadium Show This Saturday

A live feed will be available to watch Saturday’s Jamboree Show from the National Scout Jamboree. The fun begins at 2:00 PM central time (3:00 PM eastern) the main show starts 1 hour later.

Go to JamboLive.org

Jamboree Arena

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Summit Wash Day

After a few days in camp, it’s time to clean and freshen up some clothes.  A popular in-camp wash method uses a 5 gallon bucket, some detergent, water and a plumbers helper.

Here’s one way to do it.

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Patch Trading at The Summit

There are official areas encouraging patch trading but nothing can stop the open air enterprise of a blanket set up along a path as these Scouts and Venturers did at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Most trading occurs in the evening after programs, events and meals are concluded for the day.

Here’s a walk through one small area of the thousands of sites that set up like a free market bazaar.

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The Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge at The Summit

Experience a walk along the main flat span and the suspended paths of the new Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge premiering at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve

This bridge connects Base Camps A and B with the Summit Center.

1080p video taken with an iPhone 5 and a Steadicam to limit shake, no post-video image stabilization used. This video was taken one day before the Scouts and Venturers arrived.

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See the opening Ceremony of the Jamboree Live

Streaming from the National Scout Jamboree today


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Our Emergency Preparedness Zombie Action Plan


Jamboree planning starts years in advance. Over the years we develop sophisticated plans which get revised and improve for the next Jamboree. We also plan for the unexpected. One contingency we have covered is our  emergency preparedness zombie action plan.

Your Jamboree leaders have been selected in part because of their experience in situations that:

  • They rescued Scouts and Venturers captured by zombies without any injuries.
  • Successfully eluded zombie situations by not leading their troop / crew into a corner with no hope of escape.

Venues at the Jamboree and What to Do if Attacked

Low & High Gear Mountain BikingJamboGears

Pick one of the 25 miles of trails and ride your way to a safe place.

Gain extra style points for jumping over one.

The PoolsJamboActivities-pools

Don’t dive with zombies in the area.

SCUBA tanks last 30 minutes and zombies don’t mind waiting until you surface.

And don’t try to conserve your air, it won’t work.

Zombie mothers make them wait 30 minutes after eating. They will eventually jump in to get you.

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You can try to program the robotics to combat the zombies if you have enough lead time.

Head to QBSA to post an alert on FM radio and then to K2BSA to broadcast news of the danger to other member nations of the world scout movement via amateur radio.

The Zip Lines / The CanopyJamboActivities-zip

This issue is self-correcting.

Arms will fall off zombies due to load stresses if they decide to hang on to follow you down the line.

The Barrels or The BowsJamboActivities-barrelsbows

What are you worried about?

The RocksJamboActivities-rocks

Push zombie over the edge.

Don’t forget to yell “Rock!”

The ParkJamboActivities-park

Skateboards offer quick escape potential and can double as a club if needed.

Helmets acts to delay zombie gnawing to gain entry into your skull. You can use those extra seconds to get a second chance to escape.

Keep your brain bucket buckled on.

The RopesJamboActivities-ropes

Zombies have limited fine motor skills.

Use this to your advantage and climb up. Most zombies will entangle on the rope netting.

Jamboree staffers will then dispatch the zombies for not wearing required safety gear.

Console Energy Bridge


Be Prepared is our motto, the BSA thought of this while designing the innovative Console Energy Bridge.

If zombies are on the main traverse, you can take one of the two side suspension alternative paths to find a safe way across.

But What About at Night?

Zombies can travel day or night.  However camp safety policies say that everyone should be back at their unit campsite by 10:00 pm. If you see a wall of zombies approaching, go back the way you came and alert Jamboree security – If zombies don’t have a jamboree pass around their neck you can bet they will be kicked out.

Zombies Have Knocked Down All the Cell Towers

Retreat to base camp HQ WiFi zone and hope your FaceBook updates appear

More Zombie Safety Tips

  • Don’t leave “smellables” out in the open. This includes uneaten brain matter.
  • Prevent zombie bites – quite nasty infections have been reported.
  • Zombie snakes are possible. Look out for hidden zombie copperheads (just like real copperheads only their copper is tarnished to a gross turquoise green patina) as well as rattle snakes while at The Summit. Look out for the real ones as well.
  • Lyme disease is more common in West Virginia than where we come from and it is spread by deer ticks. They aren’t zombie deer ticks but if you get infected you’ll feel worse than a zombie for months or even years. Use bug repellent every day.
  • Help keep toilet facilities clean. See above advice about “smellables.”
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