Jamboree 2017

Live Scouting’s Adventure at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree

……..  Zip Lining, Kayaking, Rifle Shooting, Hiking, Cooking, White Water Rafting, Merit Badges, Mountain Biking, Standup Paddle Board, Rank Advancement…….

And that’s even before you get there!

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council is seeking applications for the

2017 National Jamboree

Bechtel Summit Reserve

July 20 to July 28th

Leaving San Jose on Sunday July 16th you will travel to our Nations Capital for 3 nights and 2 full days of tours visiting Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Complex, Air & Space Museum, Iwo Jima Marine Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, Library of Congress & Supreme Court Building.

You will then have 10 days and 9 nights on the 10,600-Acre Scout Camp.  Purchased in 2009, this facility is now the full time location for the National Jamboree and High Adventure Camp.

Spend Time Zip Lining, Kayaking, Rifle Shooting, Hiking, Cooking, White Water Rafting, Merit Badges, Mountain Biking, Standup Paddle Board, Rank Advancement…….  Arena Shows and all that the Summit

2 Troops each containing 36 Scouts and 4 Adults and 1 Venture Crew of 8 Ventures and 2 Adults will be selected for this once in a lifetime experience.

Scouts must be at least 12 years old, First Class and above and Not have reached their 18th Birthday before July 29,  2017.  Ventures Not yet 21 by July 29, 2017.

Scouts and Leaders once selected will gather here in San Jose and Monterey Counties to participate in many of the activities you will experience in the Summit.  These gatherings are mandatory to form the Troop and make the final selection of Troop and Venture Crew participants.

Plans are in the works for Kayaking in Monterey Bay, Zip lining in the Santa Cruz Mountains Rock Climbing in one of our local national parks. Participating in Rifle and Shotgun Shooting and many more activities all before you go to the Summit.

Costs are still being negotiated but you can expect this adventure to cost between $3000 and $3500, Airfare, Council Costs, Summit Costs, Meals and Transportation from San Jose to and back from the Summit all inclusive.

Your first step is to register with BSA.  http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/jamboree-registration/

Second step is to Contact Russ Fletcher SVMBC Coordinator at RussFletcherWSJ@gmail.com for more information or  Michael Wilson.

See you at The Summit 2017.



This is the place to sign up for the 2017 National Jamboree!

To submit a NEW application, you will need your My.Scouting username and password.  If you do not have a My.Scouting account, please go toMy.Scouting.org and follow the directions to create an account.

If you need technical support, call Member Care Services at (972) 580-2489.

A handful of things to be sure of:

  1. The My.Scouting account needs to be in the name of the person attending the Jamboree, not the parent/guardian that is completing the application for a youth participant.
  2. The My.Scouting account you use should also be linked to your current BSA membership number.
  3. The membership number that you linked to your Jamboree application will be linked to the entire process, including your BSA Health & Medical Record.
  4. All applicants must have a current, non-expired, BSA membership.
  5. Use Chrome, Firefox or IE 10 or above to access the Jamboree application.  Other browsers may not be compatible with this system.

Choose ‘edit’ to check registration status, edit an existing application, or make an additional payment on a volunteer staff application.




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.




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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