About the National Jamboree

What is the National Jamboree?

The BSA National Jamboree is a gathering, or jamboree, of thousands of members of the Boy Scouts of America, usually held every four years and organized by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Referred to as “the Jamboree”, “Jambo”, or NSJ, Scouts from all over the nation and world have the opportunity to attend.

They are considered to be one of several unique experiences that the Boy Scouts of America offers. The first jamboree was scheduled to be held in 1935 in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting, but was delayed two years after being cancelled due to a polio outbreak. The 1937 jamboree in Washington attracted 25,000 Scouts, who camped around the Washington Monument and Tidal Basin.

Where is the National Jamboree Held?

The BSA National Jamboree is held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia. 

About the Summit: Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America and anyone who loves the outdoors. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is also home to the National Scout Jamboree and the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base which complements the three existing bases: Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier and Florida Sea Base. For more info about the Summit, visit summitbsa.org

Jamborees
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General FAQs

The registration site for all attendees will be live as of March 9th

Unit arrivals are on July 19th with departure on July 28th.

JST (staff) will arrive at the appointed time the lead for the area they are working on assigns to them.

JST (staff) are required to submit a $100 deposit at the time they register, plus a one-time $20 electronic processing fee.

Participants and Leaders will submit all required fees directly to their local council.

Yes! Click “Register Now” in the Main Navigation Menu.

Watch the website for updates.  Councils can begin to accept registrations and funds as desired.

Yes. There is an accommodation for young adult participation up to 21 years of age to attend within a Council Contingent or JST.

Yes. The 2021 Jamboree was effectively cancelled, and all paid fees were refunded. Therefore, there is nothing to carry over from 2021 Jamboree to 2023 Jamboree. Everyone must go online to submit a new application specific to the 2023 Jamboree.

Cots are 76.75” L x 33.25”W x 18.25H

No.  This is a cost activity that will be lower than public rates and more information will be sent this Spring regarding rafting reservation options.

important tips before you apply

  • PLEASE NOTE: We are currently experiencing an issue in the registration system that is preventing BSA member numbers from being recognized, and is only presenting International attendee options. We expect the issue to be resolved by end of day Tuesday, July 14th. Please wait and come back on Wednesday, July 15th to complete your Jamboree application. Thank you for your patience.

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  • Registration FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • Attention JST applicants: We are aware that the balance due reflected on some JST records is not giving credit for the submitted deposit, making the remaining balance due appear more than it should be. Our team is working to correct the issue. The registration fees for JST have not changed. This will be corrected as soon as possible. When making subsequent payments, you can edit the amount you are paying to correctly reflect your intentions. We thank you in advance for your patience.
  • All applicants must have a current BSA membership.
  • All applicants must have their own My.Scouting accounts, regardless of age. You must not add a youth’s BSA member ID to the parent’s My.Scouting account.
  • If the applicant does not have a My.Scouting account, use the “Create Account” button below to create an account first.
  • The username and password to the applicant’s My.Scouting account will be needed to access the Jamboree application.
  • The BSA member number must be linked in the profile of the applicant’s My.Scouting account.
  • The Jamboree application is populated from the data in the My.Scouting account. Make sure your information is correct in My.Scouting before you begin the Jamboree application! The functionality to update profile information only exists in My.Scouting, not in the Jamboree application.
  • Attention International applicants: Verification of membership and good standing by your National Scout Organization is required. Please be aware that there may be a delay of 60 or more days before your application may move into the placement phase.