Jamborees: National, World, and On-The-Air
Share the adventure of Scouting with Scouts from across the country and world
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.
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