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3 Things You Need to Know About Venturing At The Jamboree

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Jamboree 2013 is going to be awesome. Of course, everyone already knew that! One reason is because it’s going to be at the Summit (again, you already knew that), but there is something else that is new and exciting coming to this jamboree. And here it is: The 2013 National Jamboree is allowing Venturers as participants for the very first time!

[pullquote]“You only get to do the first time, one time!” – Larry Pritchard, national jamboree director[/pullquote]

So what does this mean for those of you going to the jamboree? Three things:

  1. The first thing to expect is a whole new subcamp just for Venturers! Because the Venturing program is being invited for the first time ever to a national jamboree, the staff is expecting just as many girls as guys. For the Summit people, this means building enough shower houses for both men and women, along with building the subcamp itself.
  2. The coolest thing about the Venturing subcamp is that Venturers from all across the nation are going to be camping in one spot! This is your opportunity to meet crews from all over the place. Each crew will be in groups of 10, with 40 Venturers to a campsite. That means your campsite will have not only your crew, but also crews from three other areas. And even though Venturers are coming in groups of 10, that doesn’t mean a council can’t bring more; some councils have even signed up to bring four groups of 10!
  3. Last but not least, as a Venturer at the jamboree, you’ll be a hero. Being a Venturer in this arena is the perfect chance to be a role model – younger Scouts look up to you. This is your opportunity to help mold the next generation of Venturing.

Whether you are going to the 2013 National Jamboree as a Boy Scout or a Venturer, the biggest thing you need to know, as National Jamboree Director Larry Pritchard states, is:

“Everything we are doing at the Summit can be done somewhere else, but the Summit is the only place in the world where you can do all those things in one place, and you can actually do them all in 10 days while you are at the jamboree.”

You only have one opportunity to be a part of the first ever Venturing experience at the 2013 National Jamboree. Will you be there? Register today at!

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