BSA NATIONAL JAMBOREE 2017
The first Boy Scouts of America national jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the jamboree was cancelled because of a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, 17 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2013.
The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held from Wednesday 19th July through to Friday 28th July at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The jamboree is being planned for up to 40,000 Boy Scouts, Venturers and unit leaders. The 2017 theme, “Live Scouting’s Adventure,” speaks both to Scouting’s century-old tradition of creating adventures that develop young people into the leaders of tomorrow and to the developing adventures of the next century of Scouting.
Individual participant Jamboree fees have been established for the 2017 National Jamboree as follows:
- Youth participants—$975
- Unit leaders ages 18-25 through July 18, 2017—$487.50, after which the fee for all adult leaders becomes that for 26+ indicated below
- Unit leaders age 26+ —$975
In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2013. 2017 is the next national jamboree to take place here and The Summit will also be hosting the 2019 World Jamboree.