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Smoking Policy

At the National Jamboree, smoking and the use of vaporizers is only allowed in designated areas, as stated both by the Guide to Safe Scouting, the Troop Leader Guidebook and the policy of the 2017 National Jamboree.

The Troop Leader Guidebook states, “An important way adult leaders can model healthy living is by following the policies on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. 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. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants.”

Furthermore, the 2017 National Jamboree policy states, “Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco are 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 Boy Scouts of America and the National Jamboree do not allow participants or staff members to smoke or use vaporizers on trails or roads or in the tent villages. Several smoking areas around the Summit Bechtel Reserve are designated specifically for the use of tobacco or vaporizers.

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