You have probably heard a lot of excitement around the reduced cost to attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree as part of the Last Frontier Council contingent. The previous Jamboree cost was $3,000 and the cost to attend the 2013 event is $1,500. So why the difference? Good question!
The previous Jamboree was held at Fort A.P. Hill Virginia which was actually part of a military base. As a result, the entire Jamboree experience took place in an area that was temporarily transformed into the home of the National Scout Jamboree. Visiting Scout Troops had to come completely self-sustainable with their own tents, tables and cooking gear. These were purchased in advance by the Troops and had to be included in the Jamboree fee. The BSA is providing all of this needed equipment moving forward so local Scouts will not be burdened with the added expense.
Starting in 2013 and every four years moving forward, the Summit is the new permanent home to National Scout Jamboree and home to a new national high adventure camp. This means permanent facilities to be used year round by Scouts. The Summit is also planning to host the World Jamboree in 2019.
Another large factor was the tour. Due to the proximity to Washington DC, the LFC troops had an additional side tour to the Capital as well as Philadelphia before arriving. This required a professional tour company, hotels and added expenses for extra days of travel. Getting there also required flying which as you know is very expensive.
Early in the planning process, the Council Jamboree Committee decided to take the challenge set by national to provide a world class Jamboree experience at the absolute lowest possible cost. It is our goal to make this amazing trip possible to as many Scouts as we can.
Not signed up yet? There are still a limited amount of slots open and we will continue to accept Scouts until we are 100% full. Do not let this amazing opportunity pass you by.