Celebrating Scouting in the USA!
It's gonna be AWWWWWWSOME!
The Boy Scouts of America has held a national Scout Jamboree for Scouts and leaders of Boy Scout councils throughout the United States since 1937. More than 600,000 Scouts and leaders have hiked the trails, paths, and roadways since the first jamboree was held at the base of the Washington Monument on the Mall in our nation's capital.
Since the first Jamboree there have been 17 national Scout Jamborees held. Over the years there have been five different locations chosen to host the Boy Scout National Jamboree. Three each were held in California, Colorado, and Idaho. Five have been held in Pennsylvania and starting in 1981, Caroline County, Virginia, Fort A. P. Hill and The Summit Bechtel Reservation.
Who can attend? Most Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and adult leaders are eligible to experience the unforgettable excitement of the 2017 National Jamboree.
For Scouts, you must be a First Class Scout and at least 12 years old by the first day of the Jamboree (July 19, 2017) or an 11-year-old who has graduated the sixth grade.
A boy born on or before July 19, 2005, will be 12 by jamboree time.
Thereís an upper limit, too. To be a Boy Scout participant, you canít have reached your 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree (July 28, 2017).
We're expecting a great crowd to and plans are underway to ensure that it is the biggest, and safest Jamboree ever.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, created the idea of holding a large encampment of Scouts and leaders to celebrate Scouting in England. He called it a Jamboree.
Jamboree LinksWant to see and learn more about the National Jamboree? There are lots of websites and Blogs writing about the event. Here are just a few links to get you started!