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 lives.
But the Jamboree should express its gratitude to another group as well — the corporate partners that made this event possible.
AT&T Inc., for instance, contributed a significant investment in the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s infrastructure, and it shows everywhere you go. The entire Summit is now equipped with 4G LTE service and free Wi-Fi, enabled by 10,000 miles of fiber optics installed throughout the property.
AT&T powered the 2017 National Jamboree App, allowing Scouts and Scouters to receive information about events, programming and navigation like never before.
AT&T generously provided lots of infrastructure to help jamboree participants stay connected, from solar chargers abundantly placed in all six base camps to loaner devices for Scouts who lost their phones or left them at home. In general, AT&T has enhanced the way we experience the outdoors with technology, and we’re grateful for their support.
Then there’s Polaris, which expanded the Summit’s adventure capabilities by providing a new adventure area for the 2017 National Jamboree — the Polaris OHV Center for Excellence — and nearly two miles of Polaris ATV Trails. These new additions have proved hugely popular; participants were looking to sign up as soon as they got off the buses.
Jamboree staff have also used 200 Polaris vehicles around the Summit for everything from trash collection to escorting the BSA’s national president. The Summit’s rugged terrain simply would be too much for golf carts, and that’s why we’re glad Polaris ATVs and UTVs were up to the task of handling jamboree roads and trails.
Polaris also owns Indian Motorcycles, which generously donated the amazing Eagle Scout motorcycle on which Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh made his roaring entrance at the opening stadium show. That beautiful bike will be auctioned off in September to benefit the National Eagle Scout Association’s World Explorers Fund.
The jamboree also relied upon the support of Vista Outdoor, which brought in help for a variety of adventure programs. Throughout the Summit, Camelbak, the jamboree’s Official Hydration Partner, kept participants and staff safe and hydrated. Federal Premium, the jamboree’s Official Shooting Sports Partner, provided ammunition for the Barrels, and Gold Tip provided support for the Bows. Bell Helmets was the jamboree’s Official Safety Sponsor for Wheeled Sports. Vista Outdoor also sponsored Boulder Cove and the Conservation Trail, making them the Official Conservation Partner of the jamboree.
One of the BSA’s new partners in 2017 was Otterbox, which hosted Base Camp Bashes across the Summit and sponsored The Park, complete with athletes demonstrating some sick tricks for the Scouts in attendance.
Several partners helped to present the many merit badges offered at the jamboree, including Badger Tenkara, the Bill of Rights Institute, Klymit, Lincoln Electric, Marbleocity, National Geographic, PADI, RBFF and Salomon/Suunto.
Conservation Sponsors included government agencies like the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management and nonprofits like the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Conservation USA and the Nature Conservancy.
Help the BSA express our gratitude to our generous partners by checking them out after the jamboree. After all, this experience simply wouldn’t have been the same without them. Thank you!