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:

  1. 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.

4. Jam­boPalooza

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.

Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.


  1. Darryl Alder
    Darryl Alder ( User Karma: 8 ) says:

    If your son is inter­est­ed in going, there are only a dozen or so open­ings left. My great­est regret as a boy was not being able to go. If you can find a way to get your son there do it. It will change him for­ev­er.

  2. Pathak Bala Ram says:

    Good Morn­ing Miclelle, i am from Nepal and My daugh­ter wants to attend this pro­gram. is it pos­si­ble girls can join it ? she is in scout since 3 years and she is 14 years of old.

    1. Michelle Carpenter
      Michelle Carpenter ( User Karma: 2 ) says:

      Yes, in our coun­cil we have one open­ing in the girls crew! I’m sure oth­er coun­cils do as well. They are awe­some and wold love a girl to come along. Con­tact me at (801) 437‑6222 ext) 1010.

  3. Sherri says:

    My son real­ly wants to go but is by him­self. How do I link up with oth­er scouts so he isn’t alone for this great oppor­tu­ni­ty.

    1. Michelle Carpenter
      Michelle Carpenter ( User Karma: 2 ) says:

      Thank you for reach­ing out. Once he signs up with a troop, they’ll be meet­ing to plan and pre­pare. That way, he will get to know the oth­er boys. You can also con­tact your coun­cil, and they can get you the con­tact infor­ma­tion for the Scout­mas­ter in a troop your son will go with. He’ll be able to reach out and help you link up with oth­er Scouts.

      Alter­na­tive­ly, if your son just wants to go as a staff mem­ber at Jam­boree. He can check out this Face­book page to con­nect with oth­ers:

      I know in our coun­cil there are still a few open­ings in sev­er­al troops, so there is also the option of try­ing to con­vince his friends to come along!

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