Camping: 2017 National Jamboree

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The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held July 19 - 28, 2017.

The cost for Scouts and leaders to attend the National Jamboree as part of the Erie Shores Troop or Crew will be $1,399.  This fee covers the full cost of Jamboree attendance, transportation to and from the Jamboree, a Jamboree specific duffel bag, day pack and water bladder, and all other non personal equipment including tents, cots, and mess gear.

To join the Erie Shores Council Jamboree Contingent you need to first register through the National Jamboree website.  Once you receive your Registration Confirmation email from the National Jamboree you must provide your initial deposit of $150 to the Scout Shop to hold your position.*  Don’t delay!  Once all slots have been filled, additional Scouts will go onto a waiting list.

After the initial deposit the payment schedule will be:

$150 by March 15, 2016

$150 by September 15, 2016 $150 by March 15, 2017

$150 by May 15, 2016

$150 by November 15, 2016 $199 by May 15, 2017

$150 by July 15, 2017

$150 by January 15, 2017


Camperships are available; please contact Mike Lynn or Alan Lepard if your Scout needs assistance to attend this opportunity of a lifetime event.


Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree.

A New Venue: The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

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 will welcome Scouts to an awesome jamboree experience in summer 2017.

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 will feature a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are dialing in around other parts of the Summit. 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.

*The deposit is refundable, minus a 15% service charge, until February 15, 2016, payments are then required as follows:

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