In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres near West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area and created one of best high adventure bases in the world. Next year, the Summit Bechtel Reserve will be home to the National Scout Jamboree, a gathering of Scouts from across the nation and beyond. Want to take Scouting to the next level? Jamboree 2017 is best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure, and you can be there to be a part of it!

More than 40,000 Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventure—stadium shows, pioneer village, patch trading, hikes, and high adventure. Some Scouts will hike to Garden Ground Mountain for the buckskin games, Native American presentations, drumming, dancing, competitions, and more. Others will visit merit badge tents to learn new skills and work on advancement. Everybody will experience the best of camp life, surrounded by thousands of other Scouts practicing the outdoor skills Baden Powell started teaching over a hundred years ago.

Of course, one of the biggest draws of the Summit Bechtel Reserve is the opportunity for outdoor adventure. You can try mountain biking, BMX, skateboarding, canopy tours, climbing and rappelling, challenge courses, zip lines, scuba diving, shooting and target sports, kayaking, paddleboarding, water obstacle courses, and whitewater rafting.

So what are you waiting for? The National Scout Jamboree is happening July 19-28, 2017. If you want to be part of Scouting’s biggest event, register now.

BSA Jamboree

Staff Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of the Jamboree. They work to make adventure happen, while experiencing the magic of Scouting themselves. If you are interested in volunteering at the 2017 National Jamboree, you can get more information and submit an application here.

Some changes for staff in 2017:

  • Expanded staff transportation
  • More time off
  • Better communications
  • Lunch options
  • Lodging choice
  • Enhanced staff village
  • Heated showers
  • Laundry service
  • Staff photos

Have you been to past Jamborees? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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Maria Milligan
Has spent several years as a merit badge counselor, several summers as a waterfront director, and her whole life wishing she could do the Pinewood Derby with her 6 brothers. She joined the Utah National Parks Council as a Grant Writer to get her chance.

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