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 retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. However, his pride in Scouting, is his volunteer 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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