Live Scouting’s Adventure
Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held in 2021. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.
Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories.
The jamboree is the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.
The council will take over 300 members to the national jamboree as part of the council contingent. The contingent will head to the Summit for 10 days of activities ranging from shooting sports, mountain biking, zip-lining, rock climbing, white water rafting and more!
The jamboree is open to youth ages 12 and up who meet the participant qualifications on a first come first serve basis. All Venturers must be currently registered in a Venturing crew and meeting Venturing age requirements.
Scouts will be assigned to a jamboree troop consisting of 36 Scouts and four adult leaders. Every Scout will be a member of a patrol within the troop. Contingent members will be required to attend some troop meetings (as scheduled by the jamboree troop Scoutmaster), submit a completed jamboree medical form signed by a licensed physician and indicating compliance with specified immunizations and attend a contingent meeting (date TBD).
The projected cost to attend the jamboree is TBD (2017 price was $1,975) and covers transportation, admission fees, meals, lodging, insurance and most patrol and troop equipment. There are additional expenses that include uniforms and personal gear, spending money, and memorabilia items. Review the payment schedule for additional information.
Please note these important items: After registering with the Sam Houston Area Council for the jamboree, contingent members will also need to complete a more involved online application with the National Council (BSA ID number will be needed). All participants will have to sign and agree to live by a jamboree code of conduct in order to be accepted into the contingent.
Adult Leadership: Qualified adult leaders are needed to serve as jamboree troop Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters and crew Advisors. The anticipated cost is TBD (2017 price was $1,975) and includes transportation, admission fees, meals, lodging, insurance and most patrol and troop equipment. Leaders must be approved by the national jamboree committee and complete jamboree Scoutmaster training.
Limited camperships (scholarships) are available for youth participants to assist in the cost of attending the jamboree. To apply for a campership, the parents/guardians of youth should fill out the campership application for their youth participant. Campership applications should be submitted no later than TBD. Applicants will be notified via email by TBD, if a campership has been awarded. Changes to the campership application are not permitted once submitted. The following information will be needed to complete and submit the application:
- Participants jamboree registration code (found on the participant's confirmation jamboree email.)
- Participants general information: ethnic background, gender, DOB, parent/guardian contact information
- Short explanation of why participant needs campership
- Short explanation of what participant is doing to raise funds in addition to campership request
- Household information-family size, ages of family members, parent/guardian employment information
- Amount of assistance being requested (up to 50%)
Registration to serve on jamboree staff is open. Serving on staff is a rewarding experience that lets you help make a young man or young woman’s jamboree experience one they’ll never forget. It’s not all work, though. You’ll get plenty of time to enjoy the jamboree fun. Visit the jamboree website for more information.Volunteer staff may select to work the entire jamboree or the first or last half of the jamboree. The registration fee does not include transportation; staff ages 16-25 can pay a discounted prices to work the entire jamboree.
Register to Serve on Staff Order of the Arrow members can staff through Operation Arrow
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting.
The excitement of the jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are dialing in around other parts of the Summit. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning.