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 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.

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    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.

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    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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