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: you’re going to be busy! From activities at the Scott Summit Center (think merit badges, patch trading, jamboree merchandise, and more) to the one-of-a-kind programming to be found in the action areas, your days will be filled from sun-up to sun-down.
Before you pack your duffel for Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and the Summit Bechtel Reserve, however, here are the top two things to know:
1. Visitors are welcome!
While we encourage everyone to attend the jamboree as part of a council contingent (and no, it’s not too late!), that’s not always an option. But we haven’t forgotten you! As in 2013, day visitors from the surrounding communities (and even farther afield) will be able to experience a limited selection of jamboree activities at the Scott Summit Center. This hub of jamboree activity is home to the stadium shows, military exhibits, conservation trail, the disabilities awareness area, the Sustainability Treehouse, merit badges, and a wide variety of other exhibits and displays.
For pricing, access, and scheduling information, check out the blog post on day visitors here. Plus, check out this quick video on all that’s available for visitors at the jamboree:
2. Gear up at scoutstuff.org.
The 2017 National Jamboree online catalog is now available! While anyone can head to scoutstuff.org and buy a range of jamboree-branded merchandise, only those who are attending the jamboree — as either a participant or staff member — can purchase the exclusive items set aside for those who are registered. To learn more about accessing both restricted and unrestricted merchandise, go here: http://ow.ly/z4kT309itrt.
Have questions? For all-things-jamboree, be sure to visit 2017jambo.org. We look forward to seeing you at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in July!
Originally published on scoutingwire.org.