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If We Build It, Will You Come?

What Is Patrol Z?As construction ramps up at the Summit Bechtel Reserve this fall in preparation for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, the question still remains, “if we build it, will you come?”

According to an informal poll we conducted as Patrol Z Members and Patrol Z Ambassadors, the answer to that question is: yes.

However, just in case you’re having doubts about attending the 2013 Jamboree, read on to see the responses to some frequently asked questions, common misconceptions and for reassurance that your time and money will be well spent at the Summit. Oh, and to make sure you don’t miss out on some of the most fun you can have in one place.

“Jambo-What? What’s That?”

Get yourself to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit. You won’t want to miss out! (Photo by Kevin M.)

Imagine a summer camp or camporee — times 40,000. The national Scout jamboree is a gathering of over 40,000 Scouts from all over the country (and abroad, too!) that is hosted by the Boy Scouts of America. It is held every 4 years, and for the first time in 2013, it will be at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

If you’re into whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining and action-packed activities, your addiction to adrenaline will be perfectly satisfied at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. If you’re more suited to science, technology, conservation, history and fellowship, the jamboree will nurture your skills and provide you with cutting-edge resources, displays and information to interact with.

Combined with award-winning shows, celebrities, service to others and lasting friendships, the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is the epitome of Scouting experiences, where you can GO BIG and GET WILD. Oh, and did we mention some of the world’s best patch trading?

“The Last Jamboree Was Just A Year Ago!”

The clock is ticking. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is less than two years away, and when you’re making plans for 40,000-plus people, that’s not a very long time. The jamboree team needs time to develop an experience that is tailored just for you! And, with Scouts from all over the country eager to attend, slots are filling up quickly. Secure yours by clicking here to register.

“I’m concerned about the Jamboree Registration Fee.”

Trust us, the $850 national registration fee for Jamboree 2013 is well worth it. Through a combination of world class facilities, cutting edge adventures as mentioned above, and lots of provided memorabilia, every dollar spent for Jamboree will be used to enhance your experience. (Not to mention SBR Jamboree Duffel Bags!) And, with proper planning, everyone can have the opportunity to attend the Jamboree. Here’s some tips on how to secure finances for your adventure:

  1. Find a friend who will commit to fundraising and attending the jamboree with you.
  2. Make a plan. Check with your council for other fees involved with attending the jamboree. From there, define your goal.
  3. Ask your family if they can assist you with the fees for jamboree.
  4. Inquire about scholarships or camperships from your unit, district, council, or chartered organization for the jamboree.
  5. Talk to your unit leader about conducting fundraisers with your unit in order to attend.
  6. Garner support from your friends, relatives and community, by letting them know what you’re doing and where you’re going. Involve them in the action, and keep them updated on the successes of your efforts.
  7. Have the time of your life at the Summit! Take lots of pictures and be sure to share them with those who contributed to your trip.

“What’s new for the ‘Jamboree Veterans?’”

If you’re looking for a new experience at the next national Scout jamboree, apply to be a member of the jamboree staff. Being a part of the staff will give you an inside look at jamboree programs, events and activities, while interacting with skilled and diverse co-workers.

[pullquote]Have you registered for Jamboree 2013 yet? If so, tell us what activity you’re most excited for in the comments.[/pullquote]

The Boy Scouts of America is looking for qualified and visionary role models, both youth and adults, to be a part of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree staff. Staff applicants may opt to apply for the whole jamboree, or one of two half sessions as a staff member. With over 100 different jobs available, there are roles for almost everyone to fill. If you’ll be at least 16 years old by July 14, 2013, click here for information about staff information, fees and applications.

Got questions, quandaries, or quips about the 2013 National Scout Jamboree? Drop a line to to the jamboree team at

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is going to GO BIG for the 2013 Jamboree. Are you ready to GET WILD?


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