Council Planning Guide
For everything you need to know about the 2017 National Jamboree, download this handy council planning guide. Inside you’ll find everything from roles and responsibilities to what to bring to the daily jamboree schedule. In addition, you can also find information on support services, registration and fitness requirements, and forming your council jamboree committee.
2017 Jamboree Dates
The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held from July 19 to July 28, 2017.
Jamboree Fee Info
Staff Dates & Fees
Staff Session 1 – July 15-29, 2017 (full jamboree)
- staff 26 and over as of July 18, 2017 – $850
- Staff 16-25 through July 18, 2017 – $425
Staff Session 2 – July 15-22, 2017 (half jamboree) – $425 (regardless of age)
Staff Session 3 – July 22-29, 2017 (half jamboree) – $425 (regardless of age)
Council Contingent Member Fees
Your local council sets its Jamboree fee to cover the cost of Jamboree participation, travel, and any pre-Jamboree sightseeing tours. Because travel costs and sightseeing tours (if any) vary by council, please contact your local council for the correct pricing for your area.
The Jamboree’s Permanent Home
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. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2013. 2017 is the next national jamboree and The Summit will also be hosting the 2019 World Jamboree.
Visiting the Mountains
There are incredible side trips that Scouts and families can take on their way to and from the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. A tour of Washington, D.C., is only a few hours’ drive away, and the entire region surrounding the Summit is filled with some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. The Blue Ridge is just to the south, and the Shenandoah Valley is a short drive to the east. That’s not to mention all of the incredibly scenic areas in West Virginia itself.
“This is a great way to see firsthand all the activities at The Summit…
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 doing around other parts of the Summit. Also, 2013 was the first year that Venturers, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, were part of the jamboree. 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.
The first Boy Scouts of America national jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the jamboree was canceled because of a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 17 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2013.