Are you or your Scout (or Explorer or Venturer) heading to the 2017 National Jamboree this summer? If the answer is “yes,” then one thing’s for certain, no matter if you’re a staff member or attendee: you’re going to be busy! From activities at the Scott Summit Center (think merit badges, patch trading, jamboree merchandise, and more) to the one-of-a-kind programming to be found in the action areas, your days will be filled from sun-up to sun-down.
Before you pack your duffel for Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and the Summit Bechtel Reserve, however, here are the top three things to know:
1. Visitors are welcome!
While we encourage everyone to attend the jamboree as part of a council contingent (and no, it’s not too late!), that’s not always an option. But we haven’t forgotten you! As in 2013, day visitors from the surrounding communities (and even farther afield) will be able to experience a limited selection of jamboree activities at the Scott Summit Center. This hub of jamboree activity is home to the stadium shows, military exhibits, conservation trail, the disabilities awareness area, the Sustainability Treehouse, merit badges, and a wide variety of other exhibits and displays.
For pricing, access, and scheduling information, check out the blog post on day visitors here. Plus, check out this quick video on all that’s available for visitors at the jamboree:
2. Gear up at scoutstuff.org.
The 2017 National Jamboree online catalog is now available! While anyone can head to scoutstuff.org and buy a range of jamboree-branded merchandise, only those who are attending the jamboree — as either a participant or staff member — can purchase the exclusive items set aside for those who are registered. To learn more about accessing both restricted and unrestricted merchandise, go here: http://ow.ly/z4kT309itrt.
3. Medical forms are due soon!
To attend the 2017 National Jamboree, all participants (staff, leaders, and youth) are required to have a medical exam and submit the BSA’s required Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR). The AHMR must be current and completed within one year of the jamboree.
Jamboree AHMRs submitted on or prior to April 19 will be processed before the Jamboree. Please note: Those submitted after April 19 will be accepted and processed as soon as possible, but may cause delays for the individual and/or their unit at on-site registration until the AHMR is cleared. (You can read more about the jamboree medical process here.)
Have questions? For all-things-jamboree, be sure to visit bsajamboree.org. We look forward to seeing you at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in July!