Though the 2017 National Jamboree is more than three years away, the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America has already began its preparations to send a contingent of local Scouts and Scouters to represent the council, and Scouts and Scouters are being recruited now. It is anticipated that between 12-16 troops, each consisting of 36 Scouts (youth) and four Scouters (adults), will form the contingent and will join with upwards of 40,000 other Scouts and Scouters in this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event.
Though the dates of the actual Jamboree have not yet been announced, the nine-day event has traditionally been held sometime in the month of July. The Jamboree will again be held at The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reservation (SBR, or The Summit), which is nestled between New Hope and Glen Jean, West Virginia, near the New River Gorge. The Summit hosted the Jamboree for the first time last summer, and 2017 will be another test for the BSA-controlled property as it prepares to host the 24th World Scout Jamboree in 2019.
In addition to participating in the Jamboree, Scouts from the Great Salt Lake Council will continue a long-standing tradition and embark on a pre-Jamboree tour of historical and other significant sites between New York City and Virginia. Members of the contingent will have the opportunity to visit Ground Zero, view the Statue of Liberty, see the Liberty Bell, enjoy an Amish feast, walk the battlefields at Gettysburg, worship in Arlington National Cemetery and be inspired at the Smithsonian Institute. Following nine days of camping at the Jamboree site the contingent will clean-up before enjoying Colonial Williamsburg and will spend one entire day at Busch Gardens Theme Park before returning home.
In order to qualify to be part of one of the troops, a youth will need to be a registered Scout, at least 12-years-old by the first day of the Jamboree and not yet 18-years-old by the last day of the Jamboree, and have achieved the minimum rank of First Class Scout prior to the Jamboree. Each youth participant must agree to obey a Code of Conduct and must sign the code along with their parents or guardians. Finally, each youth participant and their parents must agree to begin a Jamboree payment program and remain current. The cost of the Jamboree and the tour will be approximately $3450 and is all inclusive. Youths can obtain a Youth Registration Form by visiting the council’s website, www.gslc-bsa.org. Parents who would like more details about the Jamboree can request additional information from Dan Egelund, via email at email@example.com or via phone at 435-840-1010
If a Scouter has a desire to serve as a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster with one of the contingent troops, they should visit the council’s website, www.gslc-bsa.org and complete and turn-in an “Intent to Serve” form. As with all great events, the Jamboree is always in need of great Scouters to serve in various capacities on the Jamboree Staff — from working in food and transportation services to providing medical and dental care. Staff members are required to pay their own way to and from the Jamboree site, and also pay the required Jamboree fee which will cover the cost of their food and lodging during the Jamboree. The time commitment for a staff member can be for either 7 or 14 days.
The Great Salt Lake Council is proud to always send one of the largest contingents to each Jamboree. That being said, spaces in troops will be filled quickly, so don’t hesitate to register and become part of this amazing adventure.