2017 National ScoutJamboree

Calling All Staff Volunteers


This is your page for all staff volunteer information for the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, July 19 to July 28, 2017.

This page will be updated as we lead up to the event so please check back periodically for updates.

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What To Expect in 2017

Updated 3.24.16.

  1. Expanded Staff Transportation: Staff members will not be required to walk longer than 30 minutes between their tent and their work area. An outline of the new bus routes will be included in the next staff bulletin.
  2. More Time Off: Staff members will receive the equivalent of one full day off (at least) during the jamboree. Also, work hours will allow staff members an opportunity to visit and enjoy other areas of the jamboree outside their work area, plus, provisions will be made for those desiring to explore the local community during their day off.
  3. Better Communications: A robust communications strategy is being executed to keep staff members informed from the date they register as a staff member through the last day of the jamboree.
  4. Lunch Options: We are enhancing both the number and variety of lunch choices, while still meeting the need for a shelf-stable lunch menu. We also will provide supplemental items for our staff members in more active program areas to ensure they have plenty to eat each day.
  5. Lodging Choice: While we simply don’t have enough space to offer two-person tent accommodations, staff members will be able to pre-select their tent-mates up to one month prior to the jamboree.
  6. Enhanced Staff Village: The staff village(s) will be designed to provide for an area in which staff members can relax, play, and refresh themselves in the company of other staff members. Retail food/beverage stands will be incorporated into this design, as well as an area for athletic competition.
  7. Heated Showers: Solar water heaters are being installed in Base Camp E to support both jamboree staff housing and the new site of the John D. Tickle National Training and Leadership Center (which occupies that site in non-jamboree years). The solar system will raise the water temperature to 80°F and with reasonable water usage will maintain that temperature. Installation work is expected to be completed this year to ensure readiness for the 2017 National Jamboree. This installation will only affect the staff camp for the jamboree.
  8. Laundry Service: Laundry service will continue to be available for staff members desiring it.
  9. Staff Photos: Official staff photos of individual teams will be taken and staff members will have the opportunity to purchase photos of their choosing.

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2017 National Scout Jamboree Staff Qualifications
It is the policy of the National Scout Jamboree that applicants for Jamboree staff positions must:

  • Have a current BSA membership
  • Have completed required Youth Protection Training within one year of the last day of the Jamboree
  • Be available to arrive at the Jamboree site up to one week before the Jamboree as stipulated by their respective area lead to receive training and assist in final preparations for paticipant arrival.
  • Be at least 16 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree
  • Submit all registration fees per the published payment schedule
  • Complete any Jamboree-specific training as directed by their respective area lead
  • Submit a Personal BSA Health and Medical Record as instructed by the required deadline
  • Meet the medical and Body Mass Index (BMI) requirements established for the Jamboree
  • Agree to abide by the Jamboree Staff Code of Conduct

If accepted, I agree I will:

  • Pay the Jamboree fee on or before the payment deadline(s).
  • Provide my own transportation to and from the Jamboree
  • Provide a complete official health and medical record with a physical exam signed by a certified and licensed health-care provider-physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, dated no more than 1 year before the last day of the Jamboree
  • Obtain immunizations required
  • Review the following risk factors  with my certified and licensed health-care provider:

Factors include but are not limited to: excessive body weight, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, seizures, lack of appropriate immunizations, asthma, allergies/anaphylaxis, muscular/skeletal injuries, psychiatric/psychological and emotional difficulties.

There is no reason why my health would limit full Jamboree participation or I will document all limitations on the BSA Health & Medical Record.

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There will be three staff sessions during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree to allow multiple staffing options.  Applicants will be able to select a session that best suits their schedule when applying to serve at the Jamboree. The following sessions will apply:

  • Session 1 (July 15-29, 2017)
  • Session 2 (July 15-22, 2017)
  • Session 3 (July 22-29, 2017)

Fees are structured to support these three sessions.

Policy:  Staff fees for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be as follows:

For staff ages 16-25 through July 18, 2017:

  • Session 1 (July 15-29, 2017) $425
  • Session 2 (July 15-22, 2017) $425
  • Session 3 (July 22-29, 2017) $425

For staff ages 26+ on or after July 19, 2017:

  • Session 1 (July 15-29, 2017) $850
  • Session 2 (July 15-22, 2017) $425
  • Session 3 (July 22-29, 2017) $425

Payment Schedule:  Staff volunteer applicants are required to submit a $150 deposit upon submission of the staff application.  No further payments are due until a staff position has been offered and accepted.  Once a staff member accepts a Jamboree position, he/she is required to become current with the posted payment schedule within 15 calendar days of accepting the position.

Staff applicants are welcome to make payments per the payment schedule even if a position has not yet been confirmed, thus avoiding the need to catch up on payments once accepted.

Session 1 staff payment schedule for staff 16-25 years of age:

  • $150 deposit due at the time of application
  • $137.50 due on or before September 30, 2016
  • $137.50 (or balance of fees) due on or before January 31, 2017

Session 1 staff payment schedule for staff 26+:

  • $150 deposit due at the time of application
  • $350 due on or before September 30, 2016
  • $350 (or balance of fees) due on or before January 31, 2017

Session 2 and 3 staff payment schedule for all staff:

  • $150 deposit due at the time of application
  • $137.50 due on or before September 30, 2016
  • $137.50 (or balance of fees) due on or before January 31, 2017

Payments may also be submitted in increments at a frequency suitable to the applicant, as long as the total payment amount due by each deadline is met.  Payments will be accepted only electronically via a credit, debit or gift card.

Should an applicant not be selected for a position, their deposit and any subsequent payments that have been submitted are 100% refundable.  Refunds will be processed back to the credit card used to submit the payment after the close of the Jamboree.  Should a position be offered but declined by the applicant, either directly or by not responding to the offer in the allotted time, all submitted fees are subject to the posted refund policy. 

Refunds:  All requests for refunds are to be submitted in writing to 2017jamboree@scouting.org. All refund requests received before March 31, 2017, will be processed within six to eight weeks upon receiving the request.  All refund requests received on or after April 1, 2017, will be processed six to eight weeks AFTER the close of the Jamboree.

In responding to such requests, the following decision framework will be adhered to:

  • In cases where the request involves shifting from Jamboree staff to council participant (e.g., a registered staff member who is needed as a Council contingent leader), a full refund will be made regardless of the date of the request.
  • If the request is from any volunteer staff applicant:
    • If a position has not yet been offered, all submitted fees are refundable.
    • If a position has been offered (regardless of whether or not it has been accepted):
      • $75 is nonrefundable through December 31, 2016
      • $175 is nonrefundable from January 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017
      • No fees are refundable in the case of requests received after April 30, 2017
  • If the request is made as a result of military orders, a relocation caused by an employment change or a documented medical condition:
    • 100% is refundable through December 31, 2016
    • $25 is nonrefundable from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017
    • $50 is nonrefundable from April 1, 2017 through May 30, 2017
    • $75 is nonrefundable  from June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017
    • No fees are refundable in the case of requests received after June 30, 2017

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The national jamboree is a physically demanding experience. While a lot of the site is level, there are regular changes in grade as part of everyone’s daily schedule. A number of our activities require more stamina and fitness too—think climbing, rappelling, rafting, mountain biking, and skateboarding. It is essential that all participants and staff are prepared for their Summit jamboree experience.

Obesity and being overweight have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems: hypertension, heart attack, dyslipidemia, and stroke. Anyone who is obese and has multiple risk factors for cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary disease would be at much greater risk of an acute cardiovascular/ cardiopulmonary event imposed on them by the environmental stresses of The Summit. Our goal is to prevent any serious health-related event from occurring, and ensuring that all of our participants and staff are “physically strong.”

The Centers for Disease Control is the national body that monitors our overall health as a country, and it makes recommendations to help us stay or become healthy. The CDC suggests using a body mass index as a screening tool for obesity; it is easy and only requires knowing your height and weight. The BMI is a governmental calculation based on nationwide statistics that take into account variables that include geography, age, and sex. The simple online calculator to determine your BMI can be found at www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/.

The CDC defines the BMI Healthy Weight as follows:

  • If your BMI is less than 18.5,it falls within the “underweight”range.
  • If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9,it falls within the “normal”or Healthy Weight range.
  • If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the “overweight”range.
  • If your BMI is 30.0 or higher,it falls within the “obese”range.

We know the BMI is just one of the factors to be considered, and we will take those other ”co-morbidities” into account as we make our decisions about an individual’s inclusion in the jamboree. BSA high-adventure bases have established physical guidelines/restrictions appropriate to their activities. The national jamboree at The Summit has some high-adventure elements but is not a 24/7 high-adventure experience, so we have established our criteria accordingly. It is the policy of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree that:

The national jamboree will uphold a decision by an applicant’s personal healthcare practitioner to deny participation for medical reasons.

The national jamboree will accept for participation applicants that are recommended for participation by their healthcare practitioner and have a BMI of 31.9 or less.

The Jamboree Medical Staff will review all applicants with a BMI of 32.0–39.9 and consider jamboree participation based on 1) health history, 2) submitted health data, and 3) recommendation of the applicant’s personal health care provider. For applicants with a BMI >31.9, the applicant must have BOTH clearance from their personal health care provider as well as the jamboree medical staff. The jamboree medical staff will have the final authority to approve full jamboree participation.

Applicants with one or more of the following risk factors may be requested to provide further documentation, including cardiac testing, pulmonary testing, or further information from their physician* to ensure the applicant’s ability to participate.

  • Hypertension
  • Tobacco Use
  • Prior heart attack
  • Coronary artery surgery
  • Sleep apnea requiring CPAP or BiPAP
  • Family history of premature (before age 55) coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Coronary angioplasty/stent
  • COPD
  • Prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)

*Jamboree Medical Services will provide specific instructions to the practitioner to determine eligibility.
The national jamboree cannot accept for participation any applicant with a BMI of 40.0 or higher.



The current Guide to Safe Scouting states:

“Adult leaders should support the attitude that they, as well as youths, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants.”

Accordingly, it is the policy of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree that:

Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all national jamboree buildings, tents, and vehicles. While in BSA uniform and/or on duty, smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco is not permitted.

The use of tobacco by visitors or off-duty non-uniformed staff or leaders will be restricted to designated areas.



The current Guide to Safe Scouting states:

The following statement was approved by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America:

“It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.”

Accordingly, it is the policy of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree that:

Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are not permitted at the national jamboree.

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Positions Available for 2017

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Tentmate Request Form

Once you have accepted a staff position with the jamboree, you can use the following link to request a specific tentmate.  You will need the exact name of your tentmate as it appears on their jamboree application as well staffing area that your tentmate is assigned.   Additional instructions are available on the form.

Tentmate Request Form

Let’s Do This!

When you’re ready to sign up, just click the orange button at the top of the page or the registration button in the side menu to get started. We look forward to working together to make this the most well-organized, successful national jamboree to date!