Jamborees: National, World, and On-The-Air

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National Scout Jamboree

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 jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using wood Scouts brought from all 48 states. There were over 27,000 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, 17 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2013.

The Summit

In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property next 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 home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. The Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in 2013 with world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports.

Fun for Everyone

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. Venturers, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, first joined the jamboree in 2013. 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.

Those excited about the idea of the 2017 Jamboree can follow the link to the Summit’s page and get signed up.

World Scout Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest regular event organized by the Scouts. Just like our National Jamboree, the World Jamboree takes place every four years. Scouts from every nation around the world attend with a goal to educate and promote peace and understanding between cultures.

Participants must be 14-17 years old, or you can volunteer if you are 18 or older. For more information about the World Jamboree check out the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

The next World Jamboree will be held in 2019 at The Summit in West Virginia!

Jamboree On The Air (J.O.TA)

Connecting with others doesn't always have to be in person, and the Jamboree On The Air is proof! This annual event for Scouts and amateur radio enthusiasts joins thousands of amateur radio stations around the world, connecting with hundreds of other Scouting countries over the weekend. In the United States, Scout units will connect with local ham radio operators during J.O.T.A to participate and often hold events to learn more about radio communication.

Jamborees: National, World, and On-The-Air

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