National Jamboree 2021

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of tens of thousands of Scouts, leaders, and Jamboree Service Team members that showcases everything that is great about the BSA.

Held every four years, the National Jamboree is when the Boy Scouts of America gathers together. Scouts and Scouters who attend will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Mount Jack hikes, adventure sports, ziplines, world-class skate park, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories.

Registration

Registration is a 2-part process. First you’ll register with the National council. Registration is now open here: https://jamboree.scouting.org/. To register each participant including youth will need to login with their unique my.scouting.org login. This may mean that your Scout will need to create an account. Once you register with National, all payments and arrangements will go through the local council SVMBC. A   nonrefundable deposit of $400 and the National application will secure your place in the Troop.

If you are interested in attending the National Jamboree and have questions about the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to the staff advisor Dianne Betz at 408-638-8313 or dianne.betz@scouting.org.

Click here for payment schedule.

Details

Every four years, Silicon Valley Monterey Bay puts together a jamboree contingent. In 2021 we will have 2 contingents: one male troop and one female troop each comprised of 36 youth and 4 adult leaders. Make sure to sign up early to save your space

Besides the jamboree experience itself, there are many costs that are incurred in preparation for the event. These costs include (but may not be limited to):

  • Airfare to and from the East Coast
  • Luggage fees
  • Hotel and security
  • Jamboree training, meetings, and other events
  • Jamboree gear, including all troop specific gear (flags, unit numerals, hat, shirts, jacket, daypack, duffle bag, patches)
  • Jamboree event fee
  • Dedicated Scouting professional and support staff to facilitate and assist in a successful Jamboree experience
  • Bus transportation to all tour locations and to and from Jamboree with dedicated bus drivers
  • A tour team to organize and facilitate all touring aspects
  •  A 4 day tour of the National Capital before the Jamboree.
    • Popular stops from 2017 included: Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Lincoln Memorial, Busch Gardens, etc. Final 2021 itinerary is pending but will be similar.

Youth Participants

The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualifications to attend the National Jamboree include:

  • Registered member of a Scout Troop, who has completed the 6th grade, or will be at least 12 years old (but who has not yet reached their 18th birthday by Aug 1, 2021) and a first class Scout by July 1, 2021.
  • Must live and abide by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Must abide by the Jamboree Code of Conduct.

At the time of registration, Scouts will register for their preference of a Male Troop or Female Troop. Each Scout will be a member of a patrol within their unit. Every contingent member will be required to participate in and have the following:

  • Monthly troop  meetings starting in late summer of 2020.
  • A completed National Jamboree Medical form signed by a licensed physician
  • Attend the all-contingent gathering
  • Attend an overnight training camp-out.
  • Have all fees paid on time, per the payment schedule below.

 

Dates

  • July 18, 2021 (Sun) – We leave the Bay Area
  • July 18-20, 2021 (Sun-Tue) – We’ll enjoy a pre-tour of the National Capital.
  • July 21, 2021 (Wed) – We report to the Jamboree.
  • July 30, 2021 (Fri) – We depart the Jamboree in the morning and enjoy one more day of sightseeing.
  • July 31, 2021 (Saturday) – We fly home.

Pricing and Registration

2021 Jamboree with touring is $3600. Jamboree fees include everything listed above. Other out-of-pocket expenses may include (but are not limited to) additional uniforms, patches, and spending money.

Click here for payment schedule.

An enhanced popcorn sales plan will be available to Jamboree Scouts in 2020. Details will be posted soon.

 

History

The first Boy Scouts of America national jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the jamboree was canceled because of a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, 17 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2016.

Learn more about the Jamboree:

  • Click here to go the national website and learn more about the Summit.
  • Click here for property view and the New River Gorge area of West Virginia
  • Click here for a quick video on the Jamboree on YouTube.
  • Click here for a video on the zipline or here for another video on the zipline
  •  Click here for the climbing wall
  • Click here for the mountain biking trails
  • Click here  for shooting sports:  Sporting clays, rifle shooting, shotgun, archery
  • Click here for the BMX and skateboard parks
  • Click here for maps of the Summit
  • Click here for the bridge that will link one end of the Summit to the other
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