Jamboree 2019

World Jamboree at the Summit July 22 – August 2, 2019.

The national website for current information is https://wsj2019.us/ 

 

Currently, re-entry to applications, even if it is not completed, is not allowed. Please be prepared to complete the application in its entirety, including the $250 deposit before proceeding. If you have closed your application prior to completing it and need assistance, contact member care at 1-972-580-2489, option “1” between the hours of 7:00am-7:00 pm Central time, or you may send an email to uscontingent2019@scouting.org. Member care will have someone contact you with assistance as soon as possible.

 

Eligibility:

Birthday between July 22, 2001, and July 21, 2005  – Youth participants (boys and girls) must be age 14-17

Birthday before July 22, 2001 (age 18 and older)  – Adult unit leaders (age 18 and older) and International Service Team (IST) age 18 and older.

There are no exceptions.

 

USA Contingent Cost

Participant & Leader costs –                        Regular Fee $2,800          Early Bird Discount* $2,700

International Service Team costs –             Regular Fee $1,800          Early Bird Discount* $1,700

*Early Bird Discount – applicants who submit a $250 deposit between November 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 and make all additional payments on time will have a $100 discount applied to their last payment

 

  1. Participants must be between the ages of 14 and 18. Over age 18 can serve on the International Service Team (IST), staff or as unit leaders.
  2. The cost will be approximately $2,700 for contingent participants (which will include their travel) and $1,850 for ISTs or staff.
  3. Travel will be coordinated by Region for contingent participants; ISTs and staff will be responsible for their own travel.
  4. Adults with an expertise in the medical, aquatics, shooting sports fields, rock sports, etc. will be especially needed.
  5. Participant registrations will be managed as they were for the National Jamboree, i.e. register online and National will push down to the Areas for approval.
  6. Adult registrations for staff and IST will be made through National as well, approved by their individual councils, but placement decisions will be made at the National level.
  7.  Area 3 has been allocated a total of seven contingents – can be a combination of crews and troops. Therefore, we are going to need four adult leaders per unit.

A New Venue For The 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. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2013. 2017 is the next national jamboree and The Summit will also be hosting the 2019 World Jamboree.

Visiting the mountains

There are incredible side trips that Scouts and families can take on their way to and from the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. A tour of Washington, D.C., is only a few hours’ drive away, and the entire region surrounding the Summit is filled with some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. The Blue Ridge is just to the south, and the Shenandoah Valley is a short drive to the east. That’s not to mention all of the incredibly scenic areas in West Virginia itself.

High Adventure

The excitement of the jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are doing around other parts of the Summit. Also, 2013 was the first year that Venturers, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, were part of the jamboree. 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.

 

 

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, 16 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2010

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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