As a young man, I can remem­ber my first large Scout­ing gath­er­ing. On Van­cou­ver Island, Cana­da, we had a large Region­al Jam­boree that brought togeth­er hun­dreds of boys from all over the province. You couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of belong­ing and iden­ti­ty along­side these boys in uni­form. We were work­ing togeth­er to accom­plish var­i­ous goals. I can remem­ber all of the laughs, knee scrapes and belch­ing that accom­pa­nied a mul­ti-day expe­ri­ence with a bunch of boys.

You might com­pare it to attend­ing a pro­fes­sion­al con­fer­ence. Many like mind­ed indi­vid­u­als gath­ered togeth­er to talk about sim­i­lar inter­ests. You split into break­out groups and work­shop to become bet­ter at your craft. This is a par­al­lel expe­ri­ence to Jam­boree, but let me tell you…it will be a lot more FUN!

2017 Jamboree

Rob New­bould, a blog­ger for LDS-BSA rela­tions, shared his excite­ment for Jam­boree in a recent arti­cle:

The trip will be the cul­mi­na­tion of over two years of hard work, fundrais­ing, prepa­ra­tion, and plan­ning all lead­ing up to ten days that will like­ly be the expe­ri­ence of a life­time! Scouts will have the chance to par­tic­i­pate in high adven­ture activ­i­ties includ­ing over five miles of zip lines and chal­lenge cours­es, 36 miles of moun­tain bike trails, 13 acres of shoot­ing sports ranges, kayak­ing, rock climb­ing, boul­der­ing, scu­ba div­ing, hik­ing, fish­ing, and white water raft­ing. In addi­tion to these activ­i­ties, there will be mer­it badge work­shops, sta­di­um shows, ser­vice oppor­tu­ni­ties, and wor­ship ser­vices. Youth will work togeth­er as they camp, cook their own meals (includ­ing doing the dish­es!) and plan their activ­i­ties for each day.”

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Be Prepared

He also high­light­ed the val­ue of Jam­boree and Scout­ing, shar­ing a quote from Charles W. Dahlquist II, for­mer LDS Young Men Gen­er­al Pres­i­dent and cur­rent nation­al com­mis­sion­er of the Boy Scouts of Amer­i­ca.

Scout­ing helps young men not only devel­op vital char­ac­ter traits that will help them be bet­ter pre­pared for mis­sion­ary ser­vice, to become hus­bands and fathers, and live lives of ser­vice, but it also pro­vides them with life skills as well, such as goal set­ting, project man­age­ment, serv­ing hearts and hands, com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills, time man­age­ment abil­i­ties, sur­vival skills, and many more.”

To read his arti­cle in its entire­ty, click here. New­bould has encour­aged any­one that can­not attend Jam­boree to fol­low him through his expe­ri­ence on social media, using the fol­low­ing accounts and hash­tags.

  • Insta­gram: @ldsjambo
  • Twit­ter: @ldsjambo
  • Snapchat: @ldsjabmo
  • Face­book: facebook.com/ldsbsa
  • Blog Posts: ldsbsa.org
  • Hash­tags: #lds­b­sa #lds­jam­bo #mor­mon­jam­bo

NOTE: If you still want to go to Jam­boree, near­ly every coun­cil has one or two open­ings. If your council’s con­tin­gent is filled, ask your Coun­cil Ser­vice Cen­ter to con­tact a near­by coun­cil to make arrange­ments to get into one of their troops. 

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Colin Wylie
Colin Wylie is a Marketing Associate with the Utah National Parks Council. He attends Brigham Young University as a Public Relations student, minoring in Nonprofit Management.

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