What is the National Scout Jamboree?

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree is just a little over a one year away and sign-ups are ready for Scouts in the LFC to join the Adventure.

What is Jamboree?

The National Scout Jamboree is a once every four year event that can trace its roots back to 1937 when the first ever Jamboree was held in Washington, D.C to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting. Over 25,000 Scouts camped near the Washington Monument and a tradition of gathering to celebrate Scouting was born.

National Jamboree’s were held at varying locations until 2013 when the Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve opened near Mount Hope, West Virginia. Referred to by most simply as “the Summit”, this amazing 2017 Jamboree logofacility is now the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree and in 2019 will host the first World Jamboree to be held in the United States.

Scouts attending the Jamboree will gather with 30,000+ others to enjoy an amazing array of activities including, zip lines, shooting sports, swimming, paddle boarding, skate boarding, BMX biking and more. Jamboree is also famous for incredible concerts from national acts and a fireworks show that has to been seen.

Jamboree is an amazing celebration of Scouting and an event with memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. Scouts as young as 12 years old can attend with the Council Contingent meaning new Boy Scouts joining this spring will be qualified to attend. This is very exciting.

Here are the Scout requirements to attend.

  • Scouts and team members MUST have a current BSA membership with a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team.
  • MUST be at least a First Class Scout.
  • MUST be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree or an 11 year old that has graduated the 6th grade, but has not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.
  • Be approved by the unit leader and local council.
  • MUST have appropriate parent/guardian to complete the online parental consent.  (An email will be sent to the parent/guardian during the application process.)
  • Participate in pre-Jamboree training experience with local council and unit leader.
  • Filed a BSA Health & Medical Record with their council within one year of attending the Jamboree.  (The local council will provide specifics closer to the Jamboree.)
  • Submit all registrations fees per the local council’s payment schedule.

So are you ready to live the adventure and sign up? Follow this link to register today or message us through Facebook to schedule a Jamboree committee representative to visit your Troop or Crew for a presentation. Every Scout should have a chance to learn about this great opportunity.




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