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.

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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.

5 comments

  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:

      Sher­ri,
      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: https://www.facebook.com/BSA-Jamboree-Adventure-Staff-481708291985687/?fref=ts.

      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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