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July 19-28, 2017

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the 18th National Boy Scout Jamboree will begin at The Summit in West Virginia. 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 2013.

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.

  • Depart by bus on July 18, return on the 29th.  No personal vehicles.
  • Fee is $1,500.00 per person. Includes Jamboree fee, transportation and some extras.
    • A council jacket, 2 shirts, 2 CSPs, bus transportation, the jamboree fee, 2 shakedown weekends with food.
  • Fees to be paid in 4 payments of $375.00 each. First $375 is due upon registration. All fees must be paid in full by April 30, 2017.  Fees are transferable, but not refundable.
  • Must be 12 years old by the start of the Jamboree, and not turn 18 until after the Jamboree has ended.
  • Current plan is 2 troops (each troop: 36 boys and 4 adults) and 1 Venture patrol (8 youth and 2 adults) for a total of 90 bodies. This is not a maximum, just our budgetary plan. Venture patrols will join up with other patrols to form crews at the Jamboree.
  • All youth and adults must meet the height/weight restrictions per the BSA Health Form for High Adventure, and must have a signed medical form to attend.
  • This is really a High Adventure trip, lots of walking. You need to be in shape!  The Class C BSA Medical form and High Adventure BMI qualifications must be met by all participants.
  • There will be two organizational weekend meetings (“shakedowns”) to get everyone familiar with the group and to learn more about jamboree activities.



Do I register on the National Jamboree website to attend with Glacier’s Edge Council? – No.

Register at our registration link below

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