All my young life I envied my old­er brother’s priv­i­lege to attend Jam­boree. I would have done any­thing to go, but tim­ing was nev­er right. I worked at camps instead and attend­ed a Nation­al Order of the Arrow Con­fer­ence, but they were not Jam­boree. Noth­ing else is!

Jamboree 1969Final­ly in 1969, I got a day off at camp and drove all day north to Far­ragut State Park near Coeur d’Alene, ID. I was 19, but I felt like a Scout again. My day pass opened the Jam­boree to me. I strolled the Mer­it Badge Mid­way in won­der. I watched hun­dreds of Scouts sail on Lake Pend Oreille. I was amazed at the coun­cil con­tin­gents that had con­struct­ed unique gate­ways into their camp­sites. I felt like I ran all day to see what was there and left sat­is­fied that final­ly I had been to Scouting’s par­adise. It was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence for me then, and an oppor­tu­ni­ty you can enjoy too this sum­mer. 

2013-Jamboree-visitorsAt Jam­boree, vis­i­tors are wel­come July 21 to 27, which means you can bring your fam­i­ly or friends and live the adven­ture along with Jam­boree goers for a day or two — or more. And, this for less than half the cost of a day at a Dis­ney theme park.

To learn more and buy your vis­i­tor pass­es click here or read on for more details:

What the two types of vis­i­tors can do?

  1. The “Observ­er” class of vis­i­tors get to enjoy to the Sum­mit Cen­ter, the hub of Jam­boree activ­i­ty. That means access to: 
    • Sta­di­um shows
    • Mil­i­tary exhibits
    • Con­ser­va­tion trail
    • Dis­abil­i­ties Aware­ness Area
    • Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Tree­house
    • Mer­it badge areas
    • Retail shops
    • Food stores
    • Brownsea Island
    • A wide vari­ety of oth­er exhibits and dis­plays

    These vis­i­tors have access to activ­i­ties is based on avail­abil­i­ty and may vis­it with Jam­boree, but vis­i­tors do not have access to the base camps or par­tic­i­pant-only activ­i­ty areas. (Some activ­i­ties may be closed because of unsafe weath­er con­di­tions. )

  2. The “par­tic­i­pant” class of vis­i­tors can enjoy every­thing list­ed above, but with their addi­tion fee they can vis­it:
    • Boul­der Cove (a boul­der­ing area)
    • Chal­lenge course
    • Skate­board plaza
    • Moun­tain bik­ing
    • Climb­ing
    • BMX bike rid­ing

When are visiting hours?

Fri­day, July 21: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, July 22: 9 a.m. to end of show
Sun­day, July 23: 1 to 5 p.m.
Mon­day, July 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues­day, July 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednes­day, July 26: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thurs­day, July 27: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (note the ear­ly clos­ing time)

How much does it cost?

What can I bring?

Do bring water bot­tles and a small day­pack. Wear­ing sun­screen and a hat is a good idea, too.
Don’t bring a back­pack, pic­nic bas­ket or cool­er.

Where do I park, and how do I get there?

You’ll park in a vis­i­tor lot and hop on the vis­i­tor shut­tle to get to the entrance. Vis­i­tor shut­tles run reg­u­lar­ly, and the cost is includ­ed in your Jam­boree pass.

Learn more and buy your pass­es here. See you at the Jam­boree and if you still have ques­tions: Email or call 972–580-2489.

Darryl Alder
Darryl is a full time professional Scouter for Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives. But his pride in Scouting is his service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.


  1. Madison Austin
    Madison Austin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I love that there is an option to be a vis­i­tor at Jam­boree! It would be so inter­est­ing to see what goes on at jam­boree while also learn­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in activ­i­ties. I bet this fea­ture is espe­cial­ly ben­e­fi­cial for old­er boys who nev­er got to par­tic­i­pate in the event while grow­ing up.

  2. Tyler North
    Tyler North ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I also nev­er had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend a Jam­boree when I was a Scout, but I would love to vis­it some­day! I can’t remem­ber if my troop ever tried to attend the Nation­al Jam­boree. So what can Scouts do if their troop doesn’t want to go, but they would like to attend with oth­er Scouts and par­tic­i­pate?

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