National Jamboree


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


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!




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.

We want you to join us in experiencing the 2017 National Jamboree!  Boy Scouts and co-ed Venturers are welcome to join us on this great adventure. The fee for Scouts and Venturers to participate in 2017 is $2,350.

A non-refundable reservation fee of $200 must accompany your application.  There are regular minimum payment deadlines that must be met with the balance due on or before March 1, 2017.  You may make payments ahead of time and pay as much as you like---even in full.  


If the total fee of $2,350 is paid in full by December 31, 2016 the Scout will receive a voucher good for one uniform shirt, one pair of uniform pants/shorts, and one pair of uniform socks for free.  A value of over $100!


The Evangeline Area Council Jamboree contingent will leave Lafayette around July 16, 2017 and return July 31st.

Our pre and post Jamboree activities include: white water rafting the Ocoee River, cave-exploring (in fact, we will stay the night inside Raccoon Mountain), an amusement park, Nantahala Outdoor Center activities, and much more. .

The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first come first serve basis. At the time of application Scouts will be placed in a Jamboree troop/crew.

(A Scout who has completed the 6th grade, or will be at least 12 years old and a 1st Class Scout by July 1, 2017, but not have reached his 18th birthday by Aug. 1, 2017 and lives and abides by the Scout Oath and Law and the jamboree code of conduct may participate in the Jamboree).  After our troops have been filled, a standby list of alternates will be established. Scouts will be assigned to a Jamboree troop consisting of 36 Scouts and 4 adult leaders. Each Scout will be a member of a patrol within the troop. Every contingent member will be required to attend monthly troop meetings, submit a completed National Jamboree Medical form signed by a licensed physician and indicating compliance with specified immunizations, attend a contingent gathering in November 2016 and attend a 3 day training encampment Memorial Day weekend in May 2017.

The jamboree fee covers transportation, tours, and admission fees. meals, lodging, insurance and most patrol and troop equipment.  The fee also covers the mandatory council contingent training encampment in late May 2017.  There are additional expenses that include uniforms and personal gear, spending money, memorabilia items, prejamboree troop activities and possibly additional troop expenses including building projects, copying and postage.


An additional, more involved online application with the National council needs to be filled out for every participant to attend.  That application can be found here:

All participants will have to sign and agree to live by a Jamboree code of conduct in order to be accepted into the contingent. 

The airline portion of the fee is an estimate.  If the airfare is higher than our estimate there many be a fee increase at that time.  We will do our best to stay within our estimate, but airfares are out of our control.


Youth fee is $2,500 (cash/check payments), $2,600 (credit card payments)

Adult fee is $1,700 (cash/check payments), $1,800 (credit card payments)

To apply to be on staff with the National council please click here.(coming soon!)

Position Name Telephone
Program Executive Matthew Walter Email