Operating a UAV/drone at the 2017 National Jamboree is not allowed unless written permission is received from the Jamboree Air Boss. In short, permits to fly a UAV/drone at the jamboree will be very limited and subject to strict requirements. This includes having a FAA registered UAV, liability insurance, detailed flight plan and clear mission statement for the flight. Recreational use of UAV/drones will not be permitted at the jamboree.
The reason for this stems from a problem we encountered with UAV/drone use at the 2013 National Jamboree that included uncontrolled UAV/drone fly-aways and interference with official aviation operations. As a result, government officials shut down all UAV/drone use at the jamboree in 2013. We are trying to avoid that happening again, therefore the tight controls, requirements, and permit system. Our office is getting many requests from a variety of individuals and agencies to operate UAV/drones at the jamboree. We can’t approve them all and will need to be very selective that the right individuals are operating the right UAVs at the right place at the right time.
For those needing to acquire aerial video coverage of the jamboree, our BSA multi-media team is working with our jamboree Air Boss to provide UAV/drone video coverage of the event. The video footage and still photographs will be made available through our social media channels.