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.

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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

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

Gain extra style points for jumping over one.

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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?

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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.

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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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First View

This panorama sent by Dr. Paul Bicket this weekend shows a serene view of the Jamboree site.20130708-163055.jpg

Dr. Bicket is already on site and will serve as a deputy chief medical officer for the Jamboree.  Staffers begin to arrive later this week a few days before Scouts and Venturers.

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It is almost time!

After several years of planning the 2013 National Jamboree is now less than two weeks away with over 200 Last Frontier Council Scouts, volunteers and visitors planning to attend. They will be joining the 35,000+ other Scouts and visitors at the first Jamboree to be held at the Summit.

Are we excited–yes!

You can keep up with all the adventure here through the Council Jamboree Blog. Leaders and staff plan to provide some quick updates and notes from the field to help the folks back home get a feel of the all the fun taking place at the Summit.

This site also has links to various other connection opportunities including the Jamboree Facebook home and individual Troop Facebook pages. Heck, we even have a YouTube channel.

Stay tuned and get ready. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is almost here.

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2013 Jamboree Council Strips Debut!


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For the first time, a collectors edition of eight Jamboree council shoulder patches (CSP’s) are available to collectors as well as Last Frontier Council Jamboree participants, leaders, staff.  This set is in commemoration of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree to be held at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in July.

The theme for the 2013 Jamboree is reflects our motto “Be Prepared” with respect to Oklahoma weather.  Six custom CSP’s represents an element of Oklahoma weather seen by most of us: Lightning, wildfire, tornado, ice storm, flood and drought. Scouts have been there to offer assistance in helping their neighbors when disasters strike.

This collectors set includes a center back patch around which all 7 shoulder patches surround.

The center patch has a radar graphic pulled from radar data of the famous May 3, 1999 F5 tornado that struck central Oklahoma.  Weather symbols line the perimeter and match the motif of each CSP.

The wind turbine and oil rig depict the energy of our state.

Centered among the backpatch theme lies a special 75th anniversary Manu Lodge pocket flap patch.  Inside the red zone likes an hidden image of the American bison (the spirit buffalo) racing along – the totem of the lodge which is the name of our chapter in the Order of the Arrow.

This limited edition run has only 100 sets available for collectors.  Order yours today for just $99.99 plus shipping!  A maximum of 5 sets per person will apply.

Click on the form for more information and a higher resolution graphic of the set.


Email your completed form to or fax to 405.840.1675

Jamboree Scouts, Venturers, leaders and staff will use a different form sent by email.

Production note: This design was completed before the May 19th and 20th, 2013 tornado outbreak.

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Technology Quest at Jamboree

Below is some great information about the Technology Quest area that all Jamboree Scouts will visit. It sounds pretty amazing! 

Here is what they have to say about what they will bring to you at Technology Quest:

  • The Franklin Institute “Don’t miss The Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show’s team as they perform an exciting compilation of science demonstrations. See them make multicolor fireballs, suspend a beach ball in mid-air, experience super cold liquid nitrogen and watch a helium balloon inflate by itself!”
  • and “Take geocaching to the next level with clever cache camouflage and challenging hides to find. Meet the authors of the geocaching merit badge and see how YOU can use the sport to help Scouting! Enter to win a trackable 100th Anniversary GeoCoin!”
  • LEGO “Did someone say LEGO® robots? Come by the LEGO tent and be one of the first to try the all-new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 – before you can even buy it!
  • Microsoft “Come experience the new Windows 8 laptops and Surface tablets!” Mountain View Solar “Learn about renewable energy and sustainability with Mountain View Solar and Goal Zero. Learn how solar panels react under different circumstances. We will address the differences in wiring the panels in (1) series vs (2) parallel, (3) the affect of different light angles on the panel, and (4) the affect of how shading different parts of the panel yields a different result.”
  • NASA “NASA Advances Science, Technology and Exploration: Scouts at Technology Quest will engage in hands-on STEM activities focusing on remote sensing, electromagnetic spectrum, the Sun and solar observations, air traffic, air foils, and much more.”
  • NASCAR and Team SLR “Attention NASCAR fans! Scott “Scotty” Lagasse Jr. and his NASCAR #8 BSA Chevy Camaro will have a strong presence at Technology Quest and will be joined by NASCAR as they share a behind the scenes look into BSA Racing. Scotty will be signing autographs, talking with Scouts, and sharing his experiences with campers. Scouts, get ready to start your engines!”
  • National Geographic “For 125 years, the National Geographic Society has proudly inspired people to care about the planet. As we set out on another 125 years, we invite YOU to join us at the Jamboree for an array of hands-on activities celebrating a New Age of Exploration.”
  • Parallax “For 25+ years Parallax has provided the electronics industry with high-quality robotics, revolutionary microcontrollers, a wide variety of sensors and a complete line of learning kits for beginners and educators. Our Boe-Bot robot is an approved platform for the Boy Scouts Robotics Merit Badge.”
  • University of Charleston School of Pharmacy ‘The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s Technology Quest tent will provide participants with hands-on opportunities to learn about, and how to help their fellow scouts who face an allergy or asthma attack. Scouts will view a simulation mannequin having a reaction to a bee sting or asthma attack, race each other at a quick recall station, compound mucus, and more!’
  • Virginia Bioinformatics Institute “With Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, scouts will be battling a virtual Zombie Virus spreading throughout the Jamboree population. To fight the Zombies and save humanity, the scouts must work together to vaccinate the population against the mutating Zombie Virus, using smart phones or provided wrist bands.”
  • West Virginia University “Solve the Crime! West Virginia University will bring ten forensic science learning activities representing six areas of forensic science to Technology Quest. Scouts will have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge forensic science technology related to fingerprints, blood spatter, firearms, footwear, biometrics, and ALS (alternative light source) evidence detection.”
  • Technology Quest and WVU are also providing two Science Behind the Sport initiatives: West Virginia University is developing a web site for Scouts attending the Jamboree to appreciate the Science Behind Riding a Zip Line. Utilizing the equations on the web site, Scouts will be able to predict the maximum velocity of their ride. In addition, WVU will have an interactive display at High Gear that will address the Science Behind Cycling, providing Scouts with a better understanding of the intricacies of cycling.
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