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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Scout Jamboree?

Who can go?

What does it cost?

Is financial assistance available?

How do I apply?

Are there medical restrictions?

Is it true that most of the troop equipment will be provided by the Jamboree?

Can I visit the Summit site before Jamboree if I’m in the area?

Will there be electricity at the campsites?

What is the youth-to-adult-leader ratio in a Jamboree troop?

Will Venturers be allowed to attend the 2017 Jamboree as participants?

What is the youth-to-adult-leader ratio in a Venturing patrol?

Will there be any new activities at this Jamboree?

What happens on a typical day at the Jamboree for a typical Scout?

 

What is the National Scout Jamboree?

Every four years, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America organizes the ultimate Boy Scout experience, the National Scout Jamboree. For more than two decades, the Jamboree was held at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia. In 2013 this premier event was moved to a new, permanent home: The Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley, West Virginia. Nearly 40,000 Scouts from across the country will arrive at The Summit for 10 days packed with fun, adventure, learning, fellowship, and service.

 

Who can go?

Scouts and Venturers, male and female, who meet minimum requirements, are eligible for the 2017 Jamboree:

Boy Scouts

• Current BSA Troop membership

• Completed sixth grade or 12 years old on July 18, 2017; no older than 17 on July 28, 2017

• First Class rank

• Pre-Jamboree training participation

• Scoutmaster and Council Jamboree Committee approval

• Completed Jamboree Health & Medical Record

• Submit registration fees per Council payment schedule

 

Venturing

• Current Venture Crew membership

• Completed eighth grade or 14 years old on July 18, 2017; no older than 20 on July 28, 2017

• Pre-Jamboree Training participation

• Venture Advisor and Council Jamboree Committee approval

• Completed Jamboree Health & Medical Record

• Submit registration fees per Council payment schedule

 

What does it cost?

The fee for youth participants is estimated between $1,400 and $1,600 per Scout/Venturer. This covers the National Jamboree fee, travel and tour expenses, meals, troop and patrol equipment, accident and sickness insurance, troop numerals, patrol and troop office and position patch, event t-shirts, and the cost of mandatory pre-jamboree training. You may have additional costs for personal gear.

 

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Scouts can apply for a Campership for up to $975.  For more information and the Application for the Campership.  Click Here. 

 

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted online. You can begin the application process here.

 

Are there medical restrictions?

Due to the strenuous physical demands of the Jamboree at The Summit, new health and medical policies will be in place for the event.

 

Is it true that most of the troop equipment will be provided by the Jamboree?

It’s true! All troop gear will be in the campsite, but the members of the troop will set up their campsites upon arrival. The jamboree will provide all tents, cots, cooking equipment, patrol tables, picnic tables, lantern, mallets, etc. (everything a troop will need). Participants just need to bring personal gear.

 

Can I visit the Summit site before Jamboree if I’m in the area?

The Summit has year-round high adventure, summer camp, and training programs. You can learn more about them here.

 

Will there be electricity at the campsites?

There will not be electricity in the campsites; there is no need. There will be a pstations for charging phones and electronics.

 

What is the youth-to-adult-leader ratio in a Jamboree troop?

A contingent Scout troop consists of 36 youth and four adult leaders.

 

Will Venturers be allowed to attend the 2017 Jamboree as participants?

Yes! Male and female Venturers will be a Jamboree. There will be a subcamp dedicated to Venturing participants.

 

What is the youth-to-adult-leader ratio in a Venturing patrol?

A Venturing patrol consists of either eight youth (if male and female mix) and two adult leaders (one male and one female); or nine youth (same gender) and one leader (same gender).

 

Will there be any new activities at this Jamboree?

Yes! The program will be more diverse and more intense and will have a higher energy level than ever before. The program will take place from daylight to dark and will include new features such as a Day of Giving Back, Jamboree Trek, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and many more. More on Jamboree activities here.

 

What happens on a typical day at the Jamboree for a typical Scout?

There is no “typical day,” but the Jamboree will contain the following elements over the course of the 10 days for all troops and Scouts.

  • Scouts will arrive.
  • Morning of the second day will be the opening show, and in the afternoon the activity base camps and Summit Center programs will be open for business. During the Jamboree, Scouts will take part in these scheduled activities:
  • One full day in Day of Service by troop.
  • One full day in the Jamboree Trek — By troop, hike to the highest point on the Summit and participate in activities like buckskin games, pioneering, and other historical programming.
  • Two half-days in curriculum programming in one of the high-adventure base camp areas.
  • Other times, Scouts will be free to fill their time with elective activities in the base camp areas or the Summit Center. Also in the Summit Center will be many exhibits and displays as well as activities in the arena every day, not just the opening and closing shows..

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