Alec Goodric can’t wait for Jamboree 2017. But, he’s not the only enthused boy. In fact, thousands of youth look forward to the event–including some buddies Alec invited along.
“I got them a little hyped up about it,” said the 13-year-old Scout.
But, why the enthusiasm for Jamboree 2017?
To Alec, activities like scuba diving, mountain biking, and shooting sound awesome. He’s also looking forward to all the pre-tour activities. His council’s traveling to many historical sites, and he hasn’t been to any of them.
For the other 40,000 youth attending, reasons for going vary. Some look forward to gaining leadership skills. Others are excited to visit new places. Some just want to have a lot of fun.
Here’re some reasons you’ll want to sign up before it’s too late:
- The Adventure Areas
Learn to scuba dive. Participate in aerial sports. Enjoy 3-D archery. From rock climbing at Adventure Valley to ziplining through The Canopy, a variety of adventures await. Boys can sign up for 15 minute slots to enjoy different activities. Better than amusement parks? We think so.
2. Jamboree Trek
You’ll be hopping in a time machine and traveling to the past. Not literally. But, each unit will hike “the summit to the summit”. Once there, they’ll engage in activities relating to pioneers and Native Americans.
3. Base Camp Bashes
Dances. Concerts. Variety shows. We’re not kidding. After 8 PM, it’s time to party! These bashes are new in 2017, and they sound pretty thrilling.
People didn’t like it when Jamboree stopped doing this–so it’s back. Kids can engage in obstacle courses, paint runs, games, and challenges. Meanwhile, a giant stadium will be blasting live music.
5. Friends, Growth, Learning
We lumped all the really important things into one category because they just go together. After all, the fun is fun. But, a Jamboree is about more than that. Youth have the opportunity to reach out to others with similar values. With their council, they’ll experience the diversity of America on tours. They’ll exert leadership, and they will become better men.
So, why sign up? Alec told us his reasons. And while he’s excited about a variety of things, he’s especially eager to gain a stronger testimony of His Savior. His council’s visiting famous church sites on their way to Jamboree.
The reason to go is that it’s one of those experiences that make you happier and better. It’s one of those experiences you still remember fondly when you are 50.
It isn’t too late. Even now, I’m helping boys in my council register (but there are only a few spots left).
From music to outdoor sports to learning, Jamboree’s got it. Call your local council to find out if there are still openings for Jamboree.