The Jamboree staff wasn’t lying when they said the 2017 National Scout Jamboree would be the most extensive and engaging programming that has ever been available to young Scouts.
Although they were nowhere near the ocean, Scouts still had the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive and earn their Swimming merit badge.
“…And they said you can’t scuba dive in West Virginia. Well actually you can’t, unless you’re going to the #2017Jambo,” posted one scuba diver on the 2017 National Jamboree Facebook page.
Scuba diving Scouts had fun learning first aid and safety procedures specific to diving— such as how to treat hypothermia, hyperventilation, nitrogen narcosis and decompression illnesses that may occur while underwater. Certified instructors also taught Scouts how to recognize the necessary conditions for performing CPR.
Learning the basics of scuba diving at Jamboree also gave Scouts a great start to earning their Open Water Diver Certification. The BSA is not a dive certification agency but a merit badge counselor can help Scouts become certified at scuba agencies that are recognized by the BSA.
As a side note: Scouts who have already earned an Open Water Diver Certification outside of a BSA activity from a scuba agency recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy may still earn the Scuba Diving merit badge by earning the Swimming merit badge and completing all other listed requirements.
Aside from scuba diving Jamboree also had the option to Kayak, Paddleboard, and raft. Truly, naming an activity that Jamboree doesn’t have is almost impossible!