2017 National JamboreeNews and Updates

Latest News for Staff, Participants and Guests

Posted on July 27, 2017

Thanks for Attending #2017Jambo

Putting on a Jamboree takes a ridiculous amount of work. With all the coordination of activities, discovery of staff and organization of participants, it is nothing short of a miracle that everything went so smoothly….

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Thank You to Jamboree Staff

Putting on a jamboree takes a ridiculous amount of work. With all the coordination of activities, discovery of staff and organization of participants, it is nothing short of a miracle that everything went so smoothly….

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Jamboree Equipment Purchasing Pick Up

Staff members who purchased jamboree tents and/or bicycles should pick up their item(s) on Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The items will be available to be picked up on site…

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Thank you to our sponsors

It takes a lot to produce a National Jamboree. Thousands of volunteer staff members contributed thousands of hours of planning and hard work to ensure that the Scouts in attendance had the times of their…

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Work at SBR in 2018

If you have enjoyed being at the Summit, consider signing up to serve as a seasonal staff member for the summer of 2018. During normal operations in the summer, the Summit requires over 200 seasonal…

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Summit Treehouse Not Your Typical Treehouse

For most adults, the notion of a tree house evokes nostalgia for a childhood of skinned knees and endless summers. But for Frank McCallister, a treehouse has become a way to pair technologies of the…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Attending Summit High Adventure

The Summit offers two high-adventure programs: The New River Trek and SBR Mountain Bike Trek. The New River Trek is a 50-mile trip along the New River in inflatable kayaks and rafts. Participants experience class…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Over 50 Years of Jamborees

Few, if any, have attended more national Scout jamborees. Monsignor John B. Brady, a Roman Catholic chaplain in Base Camp Delta, has attended jamborees since his first visit to one, in 1937, with his father…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Kayaking Towards a Smile

Kayaking is located on Bravo Lake. From the Summit Center, head from the main entrance east towards the Big Zip landing, go across the dam on Bravo Lake, and the kayaking area is south on…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Staff Departure

Departure day is around the corner. Details are below for departures on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. As always, please check with your team lead for specific instructions for tear down and departure. Thursday’s Departure Schedule…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Taking Care of Your Property

As the 2017 National Jamboree wraps up, keep this point of the Scout Law in mind: A Scout is Thrifty. Take care of the possessions that you’ve brought with you to jamboree. Loss and theft…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Jamboree Safety Moment – Fatigue

“I’m tired of having accidents and getting hurt” Fatigue and tiredness cause many accidents and injuries. Although the Jamboree is exciting and fun, it also can be tiring, if you’re trying to do too much…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Earn an Interpreter Strip

Scouts and leaders who are knowledgeable in a language other than English can test for an interpreter strip at the International Scouting Exhibit at Action Point. Strips can be earned for 11 different target languages…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Last Day of Program Areas

As the 2017 National Jamboree nears its end, Thursday will be the last day you’ll be able to attend the various activities and exhibits that are hosted throughout the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The outstanding activities…

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Posted on July 26, 2017

Motor Pool Vehicle Turn-in Procedure

Vehicles that were checked out from the jamboree motor pool may be returned starting at noon Thursday. Vehicles will be accepted from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8…

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Posted on July 25, 2017

STEM Quest Has it All

Interested in getting hands-on with something like robotics or welding during your final days at this Jamboree? Would you like to hear noted experts speak about their careers in science? The STEM Quest area has…

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Posted on July 25, 2017

The Need for Speed

When you really need speed, nothing is better. Thanks to medical pioneers such as Texas native and Eagle Scout Dr. Red Duke, injured civilians have the option of medical evacuation via helicopter. To give jamboree…

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Jamboree Volunteers Help West Virginia Save Lives

In 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that West Virginia’s fatality rate for home fires was well above the national average, and growing. “For us, that’s unacceptable,” says Barry Simays, area lead for the…

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Posted on July 25, 2017

World Record Dreidel Game

When people play the Jewish game of dreidel during Hanukkah, they sometimes win chocolate coins called gelt. But when people play dreidel at jamboree, they sometimes win new world records. That was the case Sunday…

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Favorite Adventure Area

With the jamboree already half over, the Scouts in attendance have had plenty of time to roam around and explore all the Summit Bechtel Reserve has to offer. We were curious: Which parts of the…

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Jamboree App can Help you Navigate Activities

Popular programs at the 2017 National Jamboree sometimes have a long wait, but the Jamboree mobile app can help: It lists the wait times for each of the major programs at the Jamboree. The times…

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Posted on July 25, 2017

OA Oral History Project at Jamboree 2017

The Order of the Arrow and the National Scouting Museum’s Scouting Memories Project have partnered to jointly host the Jamboree 2017 Oral History Project. Youth-focused and led by the four 2017 OA region chiefs, our…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Avoid Poisonous Plants

West Virginia is home to many different poisonous plants. The most common is poison ivy, which can be recognized by its three-leaf design. It can be found anywhere since it is a vine. Another poisonous…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Steel Drums at International Scouting Exhibit

Scouts can hear music from Trinidad and Tobago played on steelpans (steel drums) Tuesday at the International Scouting Exhibit. Talented Scouts from the Trinidad and Tobago were selected to attend the Jamboree in order to…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Writing Home From the 2017 National Jamboree

Thanks to the Jamboree Post Office, Jamboree participants and leaders can write home to their families about the different programs that they are participating in. Located in the Summit Center near the AT&T Stadium, the…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Daniel Carter Beard Recognition

The Summit Center at the jamboree boasts several interesting booths and activities, ranging from merit badges to information on the 2019 World Jamboree. At the Commissioner’s Corner booth, an award is offered for both youth…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Details about Presidential Visit on Monday

On Monday, July 24th, President Donald Trump will become the eighth President of the United States to visit a national jamboree. To prepare for the excitement of a presidential visit, a few changes have been…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Scout Catches World-Record Fish

For the first time since he was a Cub Scout, Mark S. went fishing Friday at the jamboree — and he broke the world record for catching the largest grass carp with a fishing rod…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

A Day in the Life of Jambo Bus Drivers

You’ve seen them shuttling participants and staff members around key places at the jamboree: the drivers behind the wheel of the jamboree shuttle buses. Dwayne Rucker is one. For him, driving the Boy Scouts around…

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Special Guest Cartoonists – John and Anne Hambrock

The special guest cartoon today is “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee,” by John Hambrock. Anne Morse-Hambrock, his wife, colors the strip and works in many other capacities to keep the strip running smoothly. Today’s…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

Celebrating 20 years of jamboree staff

At the 1997 National Scout Jamboree, Teesie King, Craig Brasher and Brenda Hanson Smith met while serving on medical staff in Base Camp Charlie. Little did the three know that they would go from being…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

Wonders From the Ropes

Navigate swinging logs, cargo nets and rope bridges at the Ropes Challenge Course. It’s a jungle adventure that combines obstacles with heights; trees with adventure. It’s not all risk though, first stop is the orientation,…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

Summit Center Buzzing with Activity

Many fun activities are located at the Summit Center, a central hub across the lake from Base Camp Charlie. The myriad of activities and tents located near the gorgeous Goodrich Lake vary enough so every…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

Patch Trading: The Basics

The National Jamboree is a great time to interact with Scouts from all over the nation and the world while sharing fun activities and crazy adventures. One of the most popular ways to interact with…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

PatchScan App at Jamboree

BSA has just published new updates to the BSA’s PatchScan App for the App Store and Google Play platforms. Patch traders at the jamboree can use the app to verify the authenticity of patches up…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

The Jamboree Band

If you’re hearing sousaphones in the stadium, bass drums in your base camp or clarinets on the CONSOL Energy Bridge, you’ve likely run into the Jamboree Band, the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s preeminent musical ensemble. Made…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

New! Trading Cards at Jambo: What to Know

The 2017 National Jamboree has added a new activity that encourages Scouts to be active and involved in meeting others: card trading. Each Scout at the Jamboree should have received 13 packs of WP Trading…

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Posted on July 23, 2017

Amtrak-Prince Station Departures for Jamboree Staff

Jamboree Staff needing transportation to Amtrak Prince Station when departing Jamboree, please do the following: Contact Motor Pool (323-895-6974) as soon as possible and let Motor Pool know your name, date/time your train leaves, and…

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Posted on July 22, 2017

For Zip Staff Fun is Academic

As the scope of activities at the jamboree has grown, so has West Virginia University’s footprint at the Summit. For some, it’s a match made in “Almost Heaven.” “I worked here at the first Jamboree…

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Posted on July 22, 2017

Best Lunch Items

After a busy morning of hard work at the 2017 National Jamboree, nothing tops a delicious Summit2Go lunch to refill you for the afternoon. After a whole week of experiencing them, we were wondering which…

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Posted on July 22, 2017

How to Avoid luring bears to your campsite

After the Foxtrot Base Camp Bash, a lot of leftover hamburgers needed to be discarded. The bag was too heavy for a staff member to lift into the dumpster, so the bag was left next…

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Posted on July 22, 2017

Alpha Phi Omega scholarship

Alpha Phi Omega awarded a scholarship to Emily Wunnenberg, a recent graduate of Millikin University, to serve as a staff member at the 2017 National Jamboree. While at Millikin University, Wunnenberg majored in history with…

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Posted on July 22, 2017

How Long did you Travel

After a very long day of arrivals, check-ins, and campsite set-ups, we’re just glad to be here in West Virginia. But with the long journey still fresh in our minds, we were wondering how Scouts…

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Posted on July 22, 2017

Earn the Newest Merit Badge at #2017Jambo

The 2017 National Jamboree is offering the newest merit badge, Exploration, to all Scouts who are attending. The Exploration merit badge was released in January and will be taught at the jamboree in partnership with…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Big Zip Adventure

If you’re soaring over the Summit Bechtel Reserve at 50 miles per hour, you might be a majestic falcon. Or you might be a lucky Scout careening down one of the longest zip lines in…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

World Friendship Fund collection

A Jamboree tradition will continue Saturday, as Scouts learn about and take up a collection for the World Friendship Fund, which was developed by the Boy Scouts of America during the closing days of World…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Join us at StemQuest

Lots of cool things are happening at StemQuest this summer. Jamboree participants will have multiple opportunities to meet professionals and see what they do in their career. More importantly, participants can learn how they themselves…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Stadium Show on 7/22

It’s here. It’s live. It’s epic. The first stadium show of the 2017 National Jamboree is just hours away. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the AT&T Summit Stadium. Here’s what staff, participants…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Injuries and emergencies are a fact of life at a big event such as a National Jamboree, but participants can prevent many problems. Dehydration and other heat-related injuries occur when participants don’t drink enough water,…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Fire Safety reminders

Fire safety is a critical part of the overall safety of a National Jamboree. Jamboree contingents should pay close attention to the possible fire hazards in their camp and cooking area. In particular, keep grills…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Lightning Safety

When it roars, get indoors. Lightning strikes are one of the most unpredictable weather occurrences, and lightning strikes can be lethal. When a lightning alert is issued at the Summit, find shelter immediately. Good places…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Why Shortcuts Can Cause Pain

It is easy to understand why some Scouts, Scouters and visitors might try to take a shortcut rather than staying on the trail. It looks quicker, but leaving the trail can be dangerous. Slipping and…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Starting Conversations with Scouts

Throughout the Jamboree, staff members will constantly be seeing Scouts and Scouters on the trail, in program areas and everywhere else throughout the Summit. Because staff members are supposed to be good hosts to the…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Arrival Day at the 2017 National Jamboree

On Wednesday, July 19th, participants from across the country and world voyaged to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. Through all of their travels which ranged vastly in mileage and time spent, every participant came to…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Lost and Found Followup

Have you lost something? Clayton M. from Troop 3141 volunteered to assist the Lost and Found Staff demonstrate the process of reclaiming lost items, so we gave him a water bottle for him to “lose.”…

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Scout Travels to All High Adventure Bases

Visiting one high adventure base can be the pinnacle of adventure, giving Scouts an experience they will never forget. Some manage to visit all four bases over the course of their lifetime, but Ben Pycraft…

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Posted on July 20, 2017

Being Proactive Not Reactive

Ed Lynes, the JamboLink Area Lead, has said that “a good staffer responds to problems; a great staffer anticipates problems.” Every staff member has a responsibility to make sure that others have the best possible…

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Posted on July 20, 2017

BMX Gears Up for Fun With Safety In Mind

BMX bikers say two things about their sport: it’s one of the most dangerous and by far one of the most fun. The Action Point Extreme Sports staff, keeping that in mind, is working hard…

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Posted on July 20, 2017

Messenger of Peace Day of Service Update

Fred Hyslop, area lead for the Messengers of Peace Day of Service, has some important reminders for all the participants during their day of service: Bring your lunch, the troop first aid kit and your…

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Posted on July 20, 2017

Tips to Maximize the Fun at Aerial Sports

Aerial sports at the Jamboree offer a range of adventure opportunities. A few easy steps will ensure that participants get the most from these experiences. When riding on the Summit’s Big Zip, bring your backpack….

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Posted on July 20, 2017

Snapchat at the Jamboree

As tens of thousands of Scouts participate in the 2017 Jamboree, many will be using Snapchat as a way to share experiences with their friends at Jamboree and back home. But there’s more to using…

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Posted on July 20, 2017

Journal Program Inspiring Scouts

In 2017, the jamboree program will encourage Scouts to intentionally reflect and record how Scouting has impacted their lives and communities in journal entries throughout the experience. Scouts will also collect program stamps in their…

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Posted on July 19, 2017

Staff Solar Showers Are a Hit!

The new solar-heated showers in Base Camp Echo are an almost unanimous hit with staff members. But they’re not always perfect, so we were curious — what’s the best time to use them? JamboLink surveyed…

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Posted on July 19, 2017

Cartoonists Will Spotlight Scouting During Jamboree

The cartoonists behind five popular cartoons will give friendly nods to Scouting during the 2017 National Jamboree by including references to the Scouting movement in their strips. These comic strips are B.C., Wizard of Id,…

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Posted on July 19, 2017

Smoking Policy

At the National Jamboree, smoking and the use of vaporizers is only allowed in designated areas, as stated both by the Guide to Safe Scouting, the Troop Leader Guidebook and the policy of the 2017…

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Posted on July 19, 2017

First Scout Off the Bus

At 6:29 a.m. Wednesday, First Class Scout Elchanan G. from Troop 1304 made history by becoming the first Scout to step onto the Summit Bechtel Reserve to commence the 2017 National Jamboree. Elchanan, 11, is…

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Posted on July 19, 2017

Coast Guard Demonstrations at the Jambo

More than 250 miles from any open water, Scouts will find more than 80 members of the U.S. Coast Guard and eight of their boats on display during the Jamboree. Capt. Jeff Westling is the…

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Check In Process
Posted on July 18, 2017

Check in Process for Units

Units attending the 2017 National Jamboree will have a streamlined check-in process. Each unit will first make its way to the Ruby Welcome Center, where the unit leader will ensure that all participants and paperwork…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

I Lost my Name Tag, Now What?

The name tag you wear around your neck is one of the most important things to always have on your person at Jamboree. But if you lose your credentials, follow a few simple steps to…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

A Hydrated Scout is a Happy Scout

What color is your urine? ScoutingWire tells us that easily more than half of youth are not getting enough hydration! They list the signs of dehydration among Scouts as: Dry, sticky mouth Fatigue Thirst Dry…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

Jamboree Recreates the First Scout Camp

Among the Jamboree’s great opportunities for participants and staff members is an exhibit that reenacts the first-ever Scout camp in America, on Silver Bay in Lake George, New York, where approximately 120 boys and leaders…

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Scout leaders assist Scouts
Posted on July 18, 2017

StemQuest Highlights

Lots of cool things are happening at StemQuest this summer. Jamboree participants will have multiple opportunities to meet professionals and see what they do in their career. More importantly, participants can learn how they themselves…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

What to do after dark in Basecamp Echo

Staff are busy all day long and finally get to take a break after dinner, but you find yourself sitting in your tent wondering what to do. Sit no more! Use this guide to spend…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

Changes Ahead for Staff Shuttle Service

With the arrival of thousands of Jamboree participants tomorrow, the shuttle service that staff members have relied upon for the past week will be drastically reduced. “We’re moving from Jamboree setup mode to program delivery…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

Trading Post Has it All

Welcome to the Jamboree! Did you forget a mess kit, or leave behind deodorant, toothpaste, or other toiletries? Where’s your rain gear? If you found that you’ve arrived at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, but left…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

How to Stay Healthy at the Jamboree

Whether you haven’t had enough water and get dehydrated or you’ve fallen on a branch and have a puncture wound in your abdomen, the Jamboree Medical Team is ready to respond to any medical issue…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

Lost your stuff? Visit the Lost and Found

The Jamboree offers countless opportunities to have fun at program areas — and an equal number of opportunities to leave your belongings behind. Here’s how the Lost and Found process works: First, someone loses something….

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Ham radio
Posted on July 18, 2017

Ham Radio at #2017Jambo

Participants at the Jamboree will have the opportunity to talk to people around the world using ham radios. K2BSA, located near the Summit Center, will be the home of all amateur radio operator activities at…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

Staff Bash at Basecamp Echo

Tonight will see the first of many Basecamp Bashes that will take place throughout the Jamboree, but this one will be different — it’s a “thank you” to the staff. The Staff Bash runs from…

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Posted on July 18, 2017

Adventure Program Offers Exciting Opportunities

The Jamboree’s adventure program will be really exciting this year, with several different activities including canopy tours, zip lining, rock climbing, rafting, shooting sports, and much more — all staffed by over 1,400 volunteers. Some…

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Posted on July 17, 2017

Military at the Jamboree

Scout uniforms aren’t the only uniforms you’ll see at Jamboree this year. The United States armed forces historically have had a presence at large Scouting events, and this year is no different, according to Lt….

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Posted on July 17, 2017

2017 National Jamboree App

The 2017 National Jamboree App powered by AT&T is available now for iOS and Android devices. The app includes a list of activities, event schedules, updated wait times for attractions, interactive maps, real-time notifications and more….

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Posted on July 17, 2017

Rafting Program

The Scouts and leaders who’ve snagged seats in the Jamboree’s Offsite Adventures rafting program will take in some of the best sights the country has to offer, at the center of West Virginia’s beautiful, historic…

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Posted on July 17, 2017

Excitement will reign at basecamp bashes

The three large Jamboree shows are sure to be extravagant and elaborate frenzies of music and fun. However, for nights without those large festivals, basecamp bashes will occur on several nights. Here’s a rundown: Echo…

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Posted on July 17, 2017

Garden Ground adventures

Garden Ground Mountain has always been an oddity in West Virginia history. Formerly a large ridge, it was sheared down for coal mining in the early 20th century. Legend holds that coal miners used the…

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Posted on July 16, 2017

Updated Bus Routes & Schedules

Here’s the latest look at when and where shuttle routes will be operating around the Summit for the next ten days. Participants will have access to two shuttle bus routes: the Upper Ridge Road and…

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Green Team
Posted on July 16, 2017

How to be a “Green Team” Member

For over 100 years the BSA has been a leader in conservation and teaching youth how to respect our environment. The Summit presents us with an even greater opportunity. Individually, we all have the responsibility…

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Staff Religious Services
Posted on July 16, 2017

Staff Religious Services

Religious Services for staff on July 16, 2017 will all take place at 7:30pm. Locations: Protestant – Echo Dining Hall Roman Catholic – OA Recreation Tent (top of Echo hill) LDS – Echo Pavilion Episcopal…

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Posted on July 12, 2017

2017Jambo Shows Preview

One thing at the 2017 National Jamboree that you won’t find anywhere else is the amazing set of shows lined up for you and the 40,000 others who will be in the audience. Participants will…

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Posted on July 12, 2017

Jambo’s Food System Will Keep Hungry Scouts Happy

The Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers at Jambo will be better fed than ever before, thanks to a new food distribution system featuring improved logistics and coordination. The system offers campers more choices and easier…

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Posted on July 9, 2017

Amenities for Jambo staff are better than ever

Staff members for the 2017 National Jamboree will enjoy many improvements in their accommodations, amenities and dining to help make the staff experience more pleasant than ever before. After you receive your tent assignment at…

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Jamboree Tonight Enews
Posted on July 5, 2017

Jamboree Tonight Livestreams

Every night at the 2017 National Jamboree, plan to tune into an online news broadcast that will keep you in the loop about important news and events at the Summit. Catch the official livestream every…

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Mountain Bike Low Gear
Posted on July 4, 2017

Participation Award Requirements

Throughout the years, the program for many of our National Jamborees has included the opportunity for youth and unit leaders to earn an award for their participation. As its name implies, the participation award is…

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Posted on July 1, 2017

JamboLink: All Things #2017Jambo

Communication will be everywhere during the 2017 National Jamboree! JamboLink’s many social media channels, website, enews, and livestreams will keep participants, leaders, and staff up-to-date with everything that is happening. Social The official social media…

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Garden Ground Pioneering
Posted on June 30, 2017

Garden Ground Mountain Program

Jamboree participants who complete the 1,000-foot climb to the summit of the Summit will enjoy a new day-long program, the Jamboree Trek to Garden Ground Mountain. Each participating troop will be assigned an Order of…

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Journal Program
Posted on June 30, 2017

Inspiring Scouts Through Journaling

In 2017, the jamboree program will encourage Scouts to intentionally reflect and record how Scouting has impacted their lives and communities in journal entries throughout the experience. Scouts will also collect program stamps in their…

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Jamboree Livestream
Posted on June 27, 2017

Livestreams Will Keep You Informed at Jambo

Every night at the 2017 National Jamboree, plan to tune into an online news broadcast that will keep you in the loop about important news and events at the Summit. Order of the Arrow National…

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Troop Kit 1
Posted on June 26, 2017

What’s in the Kit?

By the time your bus rolls up to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you’ll be ready for 10 days of amazing adventure in West Virginia’s beautiful New River Gorge National River area that is adjacent to…

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Posted on June 15, 2017

Be Prepared for Severe Weather

Pop quiz, folks: Name the Scout Motto. The answer, of course, is: “Be Prepared.” Being prepared at #2017Jambo doesn’t mean just packing well and charging your phone. It also means having a plan for everything,…

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Posted on June 15, 2017

Staff Laundry Service

The laundry service at the Summit starts on July 18 and continues through July 26, 2017. The laundry service is located in Camp B Medical tent area and Camp E in the Headquarters area. Laundry…

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Posted on June 15, 2017

2017 National Jamboree Passport Program

Throughout the years, the program for many of our National Jamborees has included the opportunity for youth and unit leaders to earn an award for their participation. As its name implies, the participation award is…

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Posted on June 15, 2017

Staff Check-In Reminders

Your arrival at the Ruby Welcome Center is just around the corner! Our registration staff is excited to welcome you and get your check-in process completed as efficiently and quickly as possible. You can help…

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Posted on June 14, 2017

Medical Forms – Turn it in, Keep it Handy!

Youth, Scout Leader or Staff – everybody participating in the 2017 National Jamboree is required to have a medical exam and submit the BSA’s required Annual Health and Medical Record online. If you missed the…

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Stadium Show
Posted on June 14, 2017

Stadium Show, Base Camp Bashes, and JamboPalooza!

Stadium Show Fashion Attention Scoutmasters, Crew Leaders, Assistant Scoutmasters, Council Committees, and Contingent Leaders! The Opening Show at the AT&T Summit Stadium will be your Scouts’ first taste of how epic the 2017 National Scout…

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Jamboree Bussing
Posted on June 14, 2017

2017 Jamboree Bus Routes Now Available

Jamboree is on its way, and the thoughts of program, patch trading, and interacting with thousands around the country are exciting. While all the games, events, and adventure will be a blast, walking thousands of…

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2017 Jamboree Equipment Sale Banner
Posted on June 8, 2017

Equipment Sale

When your council contingents depart from the 2017 National Jamboree this summer, they can bring the equipment home to support local council/troop camping opportunities back home. If your council is not interested in acquiring the…

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Keep Informed Adult Leader Helping Scout
Posted on June 1, 2017

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

It’s a busy time of year for Scouts, with finals, proms and graduation ceremonies all competing for attention. But it’s also just a matter of weeks until we converge at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in…

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Big Zip
Posted on June 1, 2017

Aerial Sports at #2017Jambo

Have you ever wanted to go zip lining, climbing, rappelling, canopy tours or compete during the COPE challenge course? Well at the 2017 National Jamboree you’ll be able to take part in all of these…

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Jamboree Band
Posted on May 31, 2017

Play with the Jamboree Band

As you may know the jamboree will have a dedicated band of Scouts and Scouters. On Wednesday, July 26th at 10:00am you will have the chance to sit in on a rehearsal and practice with…

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Scouting for Food Program
Posted on May 22, 2017

Jamboree Scouting for Food Program

As a service to the great folks in West Virginia, we are again encouraging everyone involved in the 2017 National Jamboree; troops, crews, and posts to ask your members to bring one shelf-stable food item…

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Scout leaders assist Scouts
Posted on May 22, 2017

Adult Leaders…Volunteer your time today!

Want to experience the best of both being a leader and a staff member at the Jamboree? Well now you are able to do just that! In 2013, Jamboree leadership instituted the Troop Assistance Program…

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Posted on May 22, 2017

What I Wish I Had Known at My First Jamboree

If you’re fortunate enough to attend a Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree you’re in for the experience of a lifetime! It’s an awesome journey in a world-class high adventure setting that’s basically like camping…

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Scouts, leaders, visitors, and staff are able to shorten their hike to and from Camps Alpha and Bravo easily thanks to the the Consol Energy Bridge.
Posted on May 21, 2017

Jamboree Driver Training

While serving on staff at the 2017 National Jamboree, many people will be serving as drivers throughout the event. By taking the Driver Training and Certification training, a staff member will then be properly certified to…

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Posted on April 24, 2017

How to Experience #2017Jambo as Visitors

Want to experience the fun of the 2017 National Jamboree but can’t be there for the whole 10 days? Become a Jamboree visitor. Bring your family or friends and live the adventure for a day or two — or…

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Posted on April 21, 2017

Less Than 100 Days Until Jamboree

Are you or your Scout (or Explorer or Venturer) heading to the 2017 National Jamboree this summer? If the answer is “yes,” then one thing’s for certain, no matter if you’re a staff member or attendee:…

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Posted on March 3, 2017

Annual Health and Medical Record Deadline

The Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) is mandatory to attend the 2017 National Jamboree. Submission of the AHMR is an electronic, multi-step process. The health information you submit will be saved on a secure…

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Posted on March 3, 2017

Messengers of Peace Day of Service

At the 2017 National Jamboree each Scout will participate in a program activity called Messengers of Peace Day of Service (MOPDOS). MOPDOS is an opportunity for each Scout to make a meaningful impact on the…

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Posted on March 3, 2017

Solar Chargers a Must

If there’s one thing you don’t want to be at the 2017 National Jamboree, it’s disconnected. Jamboree leaders, participants and staff can use their smartphones to access maps of the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR), check…

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Posted on February 15, 2017

Transportation to Jamboree

Jamboree is coming soon! Patch trading, zip lining, rock climbing, swimming and more. However, before everyone can enjoy their time at the Jamboree, they need to get there first. Transportation to the 2017 National Jamboree…

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Posted on January 19, 2017

2017 National Jamboree: Program Preview!

The program available at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be the most extensive, engaging programming that has ever been available to young people. The Summit Program Leadership Action Team, under the leadership of chairman…

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Posted on January 19, 2017

Big news for staff housing

If there’s been one consistent theme for the 2017 Jamboree leadership, its a commitment to improving the staff experience. That’s manifested itself in welcome changes, such as the new busing options on and off site….

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Posted on January 19, 2017

Staff Arrival & Departure Details

The Boy Scouts of America is joining with Transportation Management Services (TMS) to provide safe, efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly transportation solutions for jamboree participants, including staff.   Please note every staff member is required to…

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Posted on December 1, 2016

The Summit is Ready to Weather the Storm

Anyone who has visited the Summit Bechtel Reserve knows that the weather can change very quickly. West Virginia, and the Summit’s, unique topography creates beautiful vistas — and rapidly evolving forecasts! Since the 2013 National…

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Posted on November 26, 2016

Your direct link to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree!

Timely, effective communication is essential to a successful Jamboree experience. Efforts to transform how staff, participants, leaders and guests are informed have been improving since the close of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and have…

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Posted on July 17, 2016

Join the Adventure Experience team today

We are still looking for great staff members in all program areas for the Jamboree. Especially in our Adventure Experience areas: wheeled sports, shooting sports, aquatic sports and aerial sports. One of the biggest misconceptions…

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Posted on July 14, 2016

Bus service at the Jamboree is expanding

Your hiking boots just got a little happier. Thanks to feedback from staffers in 2013, next summer’s Jamboree will feature a greatly expanded busing system. Here are the 11 planned routes for the 2017 National…

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Posted on June 2, 2016

#2017Jambo: the most connected Jamboree ever

You’re on a “need to know” basis – and you need to know! During an event as complex as the National Scout Jamboree, it is essential that staff, participants and leaders have access to the…

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Posted on June 2, 2016

Now’s the Time to Sign Up!

Staff registration for the 2017 NSJ is open! July 14, 2017 may seem like a long ways away, but the next year will pass quickly – which makes today the perfect time to formalize your…

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Posted on June 2, 2016

We Listened; We Learned

What you can expect from staffing the 2017 NSJ Staffers returning from the 2013 National Scout Jamboree agree that our inaugural event at the Summit Bechtel Reserve was an unqualified success – but as with…

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2017 Jamboree Logo and Theme
Posted on November 7, 2014

Live Scouting’s Adventure: 2017 Jamboree

It’s here! The BSA has officially released the logo and theme of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. At the second jamboree to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you’ll be able to explore the mystery,…

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We're looking for volunteers for the 2017 jamboree
Posted on June 23, 2014

Volunteers For The 2017 Jamboree

Volunteers Like You! That’s who we’re looking for to make the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Reserve an amazing Scouting experience. Volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America know what it means to…

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