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Aerial Sports at #2017Jambo

Have you ever wanted to go zip lining, climbing, rappelling, canopy tours or compete during the COPE challenge course? Well at the 2017 National Jamboree you’ll be able to take part in all of these incredible experiences!

Aerial Sports Canopy Tours
Scouts are able to go on Canopy Tours which take them from treetop to tree top at the Becthel Summit Reserve.
(BSA Photo by Shane Noem)

The 2017 National Jamboree, held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve between July 19th-28th, will provide Scouts with various adventure programs while attending. These popular events are also known as Aerial Sports, and will be staffed by those with experience and training to make sure that you’ll have a great time and remain safe while doing so.

All of the activities will take place at the Scott Summit Center and will occur everyday during the jamboree. Zip lines will be located at both the Stadium and the Adventure Valley, which offers the ‘Big Zip’, the longest zip line available at the Summit. This zip line measures a whopping ¾ of a mile long! While taking part in any of the zip lines available, you’ll be traveling at speeds up to over 50 miles per hour too! While riding the zip lines, four of the zip lines are used specifically for canopy tours. Each of these zip lines will take you on a different course through the trees of the Action Point area.

Aerial Sports Canopy Tour
Derek Hanna, 12, from the Orange County Council rides the Canopy Tour at the 2013 National Jamboree held in Mount Hope, WV. (BSA Photo by Seth Gitner)

If you enjoy competition, adrenaline rushes and adventure, look no further! The Challenge Course, located at The Ropes, provides participants with one of the most extensive COPE challenge courses in the country. The course includes cargo nets, swinging logs, and rope bridges. Are you up to the challenge to compete against your fellow Scouts during the course?

Each Scout or Venturer will receive either an Aerial Sports token or Big Zip token to participate in one Aerial Sports activity whether that is The Ropes, Summit Center Zips, The Canopy, Action Point – Canopy, Challenge Course or the Big Zip. Aerial Sports does not have an age limit, however, it does contain a minimum/maximum weight restriction.


(The Rocks and Boulder Cove are not included in Aerial Sports so a token is not required to participate)

Aerial Sports Rock Climbing
Rueben James, 17, Star Scout, from the Virgin Islands and part of National Area Council Troop C113 makes his way up “Top Dog” at The Rocks during the 2013 National Scout Jamboree on July 18, 2013. (BSA Photo by Tom Copeland)

Climbing and rappelling will also be available to everyone at the jamboree this year. Whether you are a beginner, or a well seasoned climber, the Summit has it all! By providing one of the largest man-made outdoor climbing facilities in the country, with 36 rappelling stations, more than 50 auto-belay climbing stations and 6 Leap of Faith stations, large amounts of Scouts are able to take part in the activities all at once. As you climb and rappel, you’ll be able to reach heights up to 33 feet in the air! Artificial rock climbing and rappelling are located at Boulder Cove and The Rocks. The Leap of Faith is located at The Rocks.

These activities will be provided with the top-of-the-line gear, along with the best safety measures in order for all participants to have the best experience at the jamboree! We hope to see you at the National Jamboree to further fuel Scouting’s adventure together!

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