About the National Jamboree
2017 National Jamboree Overview
DATES: July 19 – 28, 2017 (travel may change final dates!)
The opening day will be Thursday, July 20th & the closing day will be Friday, July 27th. Jamboree Contingent Troops will arrive on Wednesday, July 19 (all Troops must be on-site by 4pm). Departure day will be Friday, July 28th. Return date to Central FL TBD.
1. WHAT IS A NATIONAL JAMBOREE?
A national Jamboree is an encampment of Scouts/Venturers plus their unit leaders with the purpose of providing a dramatic demonstration of Scouting’s ability to develop world goodwill, a spirit of friendship, and a source of understanding among young people through fellowship, activities, and adventure. Most of the participants will come from the Boy Scouts of America although most of the countries with Scout associations will have representation.
The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be the second jamboree at "The Summit". It will take place July 19 – 28 and will bring together more than 40,000 Scouts, Venturers, leaders and staff for 10 days. Along with the National Jamboree, our Council’s Contingent has the option of including additional days for white water rafting on the way to the event, so potentially; the entire trip will cover up to 15 or more days.
2. WHERE IS THE JAMBOREE?
The Jamboree will take place at BSA’s new property called “The Summit” in Beckley, West Virginia. This will be the second National Jamboree on the property after 8 Jamborees at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia and 9 others from throughout the country.
3. WHO CAN ATTEND AS A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL FLORIDA COUNCIL’S CONTINGENT?
There are four ways an individual can attend the National Scout Jamboree with the Central Florida Council Contingent: either as a youth Troop or Venture Crew member or as an adult Troop or Venture Crew leader. CFC will have four provisional Troops that will represent the Central Florida Council at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. Each Troop is comprised of 36 youth and 4 adults (144 youth and 16 adults = 160 total participants). CFC will also have a Venture Crew which will also be comprised of 16 youth and 4 adults, bringing the contingent total to 180 participants.
• Boy Scout Youth
o A Scout must be 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree or an 11 year old that has completed the sixth grade.
o He must attain the rank of First Class by July 1, 2017; have a completed the “National Jamboree” physical (issued to each participant by the national office of the B.S.A.).
o He must participate in the pre-Jamboree trainings.
o He must be active in his troop for 6 months prior to July 1, 2017.
o His Scoutmaster and the Central Florida Council Jamboree Committee must approve him.
o His 18th birthday may not be before July 28, 2017.
o Note: Current Webelo Scouts can apply as they could meet the age requirements, depending on their birth date.
• Venturing Youth (Co-ed is supported)
o Crew members must have a current BSA membership with a Venturing Crew.
o Must have graduated the 8th grade or be at least 14 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree, but have not reached their 21st birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.
o Have a completed the “National Jamboree” physical (issued to each participant by the national office of the B.S.A.).
o He/she must participate in the pre-Jamboree trainings.
o His/her Crew Advisor and the Central Florida Council Jamboree Committee must approve him/her.
4. HOW DO SCOUTS GET IN?
Navigate to the Registration section of this website to begin the process. Everything you need to know about registering for this awesome event can be found there.