2023 National Scout Jamboree
Come for the time of your life.
2023 National Scout Jamboree
Attend as a Youth Participant, a Young Adult or an Adult Leader subject to Council Approval
Join Great Trail Council as it puts together a Jamboree Contingent. You want to be part of this! We we will be sending contingent troops of male and female Scouts BSA members, and Venturers. Read on to find out how you can be part of this experience.
Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Held every four years, the Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for participants, volunteers, and visitors to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place. Features include; one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world-class skate park, ATV offerings, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, patch trading, stadium shows, and much more!
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. Two years later, at the first jamboree, 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 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 18 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2017.
Since 2013, the Jamboree is held in its permanent home at The Summit Bechtel Reserve, the BSA's fourth national high adventure base, in Mount Hope, West Virginia, just five hours south of Akron. The first Jamboree at the Summit was in 2013 with Great Trail Council sending two troops of 40 and one Venturing Crew of 10 traveling there. The next Jamboree was in 2017, and the World Jamboree was held at The Summit in 2019. The pandemic caused BSA to miss the 2021 and now the nation will descend on southern West Virginia once again in 2023. Be a part of it!
30,000 scouts at 2013 Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve
The blue tents are a part of one of five participant base camps at The Summit. AT&T Summit Stadium, an amphitheater that can hold 80,000, is shown in the foreground. Wi-Fi Internet connectivity spans the entire Jamboree site.
July 19, 2023 - Leave for the National Jamboree
July 19 - 28, 2023 - National Jamboree
July 28, 2023 - Return Home
Included in your price: travel to and from the Jamboree, two meals during travel, t-shirts, name tag, patches, Jamboree fees (including activities and meals during the Jamboree), a travel duffel, and use of a cot and tent.
The estimated price for Great Trail Council Scouts for the 2023 Jamboree is $2,000 and payment will be made directly to the Council. Payments will be made in installments with the final payment due in March 2023.
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Campership details are still being finalized by the national council and will be announced shortly. Check back here for future details.
Who can go to the Jamboree?
For Young Adult Participants and Adult Leader Participants
see Qualifications. (you will leave this page)
Young adults and Adult leaders are chosen by the Great Trail Council Jamboree Committee.
Get Ready for the Big Zip
How to Register
Once you have completed your registration on the National Jamboree page, you will be contacted by the council in regards to further actions needed including the initial deposit.
The button below will take you to the National Jamboree page where you must register first. Be sure to write down your national registration number for registering for the Great Trail Council Contingent. Make sure you print and read the following document.
Still have questions about the 2023 National Jamboree?
Council Jamboree Chair
Phil Kuestner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Council Contingent Staff Advisor
Jamboree ASM Lovell shows Troop B326 is open for Jamboree Fun
Senior Patrol Leader waits for the busses to take his troop into Anstead WV to complete a day of service.