Troop 505 National Scout Jamboree 2013 Overview Jul 15-24

What is the Jamboree?

The National Scout Jamboree is normally held every 4 years and brings over 40,000 scouts from all over the country together for fun and fellowship.  This Jamboree will be have many high adventure opportunities for the youth participants including white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more.  Below are a few videos to see what the activities really look like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOw6lgqF91s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrVVvFOJ7Jg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMW2guADoE0

Here is a video from the BSA National Commissioner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uve2oVsy_R0

Websites

Below are the national and council websites for the jamboree.

www.bsajamboree.org

http://www.OCJambo2013.com

Where?

The 2013 National Jamboree will be held at “Summit” Bechtel Reserve, the newest BSA high adventure base.  The “Summit” is still under construction so the first chance most scouts will have to attend the Summit is the 2013 National Jamboree.  The Summit is located near the New River Gorge in West Virginia.  Here is a video about “the Summit”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laDOOqx8FrI

When?

July 15-24, 2013.  While that is a long time in the future scouts must make the decision to go on this trip soon.

How do will scouts travel to the Jamboree?

Scouts will take buses provided by Occoneechee Council to and from the Jamboree.  The cost of this service is included in the total cost listed below.

Who can go? 

Scouts must meet a number of requirements to be eligible to attend the jamboree.

1)    Scouts must have current BSA membership

2)    Scouts must be at least a First Class Scout and have completed the sixth grade or be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2013, and not reached his 18th birthday by July 24th, 2013. NOTE: Crew members must have completed the 8th grade or be at least 14 years of age by the first day of the jamboree, but have not reached their 21st birthday by the last day of the jamboree.

3)    Must be approved by Scoutmaster West and the Occoneechee Council Jamboree Committee.

4)    Must register online and pay all fees on time.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $1,150.00.  The cost includes a bus ride to and from the Jamboree, tent use and troop equipment use while at the Jamboree.  The cost also will include a shirt and several other souvenirs that the Council will provide to youth participants.

How do I sign up? 

To sign up you will need to fill out two forms.  The first is at https://summit.scouting.org/en/Jamboree2013/Pages/default.aspx.  Choose “Youth” on the right hand side of the site and follow the directions.  Once the online application is complete then print out the “2013 National Scout Jamboree Request to Attend” form (the 2nd form) and fill it out.  You will also need to send that form and $100 deposit to Council.  Once you have completed all these steps you have reserved your spot.  From that point on you will need to make sure you pay the amounts towards the total cost to Council by the dates specified below.

Payment Schedule

Initial Deposit $100.00 Due with your completed form
1st payment $250.00 Due by March 31, 2012
2nd payment $200.00 Due by May 31, 2012
3rd payment $200.00 Due by July 31, 2012
4th payment $200.00 Due by September 30, 2012
Final payment $200.00 Due by January 1, 2013

What if I sign up and pay some of the money but then decide I don’t want to go? 

If you register and then decide later that you do not want to go there will not be a refund for your payments.  The scout will have to find a replacement scout wanting to attend and work out the payments/refunds between the scouts.

Is there any financial aid for the Jamboree?

Yes.  A limited amount of aid is available.  Council will make determinations for financial aid on a case by case basis.  Below is a link to the site with the financial aid forms. You will need to fill out both pages of the financial aid form and turn it in with your application.

http://www.ocjambo2013.com/forms–documents.html

NATIONAL JAMBOREE OVERVIEW PDF