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Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members.
Scouting’s flagship event is coming and you don’t want to miss it! For 10 days, the Boy Scouts of America comes together for a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. The result is the National Scout Jamboree. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.
Scouts and Scouters will have all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest scouting venues – Bechtel Summit.
Jamboree is a fantastic experience to learn, meet new friends from around the country, and explore new skills and have an experience of a lifetime.
The Golden Gate Area Council (GGAC) will take approximately 150 Scouts and Leaders to the National Jamboree as part of the Council’s contingent. The contingent will head to the Summit for 10 days of activities ranging from shooting sports, mountain biking, zip-lining, rock climbing, white water rafting and more!
The Jamboree is open to youth who meet the participant qualifications, are physically fit, and agree to the jamboree code of conduct on a first come first serve basis.
Scouts will be assigned to one of the GGAC’s Jamboree Troops consisting of 32 Scouts and four adult leaders. Every Scout will be a member of a patrol within their troop. Contingent members will be required to attend some troop meetings (as scheduled by the jamboree troop Scoutmaster), attend a contingent meeting (Date TBD), and submit a completed jamboree medical form signed by a licensed physician and indicating compliance with specified immunizations.
Participation in the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is a physically demanding experience. The layout, grade and elevation of the site requires substantial walking as part of everyone’s daily schedule. A number of activities require more stamina and fitness too—think climbing, rappelling, rafting, mountain biking, and skateboarding. It is essential that all participants and staff are prepared for the physical demands of the Summit prior to arrival. Facing the Challenge at the 2023 Jamboree will require one to be physically fit!
The BSA’s aim is to ensure that every eligible Scout who is interested in attending the Jamboree is able to do so, regardless of financial background.
Registration to serve on staff at Jamboree (not as part of the GGAC-specific contingent) is open. Serving on Jamboree staff is a rewarding experience that lets you help make Scout’s Jamboree experience one they’ll never forget. It’s not all work, though. You’ll get plenty of time to enjoy the Jamboree fun. Visit the Jamboree website for more information. Volunteer staff may select to work the entire jamboree or the first or last half of the jamboree. The registration fee does not include transportation; staff ages 16-25 pay a discounted price to work the entire jamboree.
In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting and the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree.
The excitement of the Jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out a select number of the activities that the Scouts are engaging in around other parts of the Summit. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning.
To get more information about the 2023 National Jamboree, please fill out the GGAC Jamboree Information form.
First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.