July 19-28, 2023 (plus travel days)
Live Scouting’s Adventure
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. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held in July of 2023 at the Summit. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.
Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories.
The jamboree is the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.
The council is looking forward to taking at least two troops to the National Jamboree! The contingent will head to the Summit for 10 days of activities ranging from shooting sports, mountain biking, zip-lining, rock climbing, white water rafting and more!
Registration for the Jamboree
Registration for the Jamboree is a two-step process! To register for the Jamboree, please follow these links, in the following order:
- Greater Alabama Council Contingent Registration: Follow this link to register with the Council
- National Scout Jamboree Registration: Follow this link to register with the Jamboree
The jamboree is open to youth ages 12 and up who meet the participant qualifications on a first come first serve basis. All Venturers must be currently registered in a Venturing crew and meeting Venturing age requirements.
Scouts will be assigned to a jamboree troop consisting of no more than 36 Scouts and at least four adult leaders. Every Scout will be a member of a patrol within the troop. Contingent members will be required to attend some troop meetings (as scheduled by the jamboree troop Scoutmaster), submit a completed jamboree medical form signed by a licensed physician and indicating compliance with specified immunizations and attend a contingent shakedown and orientation outing at Camp Jackson on April 28-30, 2023.
We are pleased to announce that Rob Spiegel, MD, and Katy Anderson have been chosen as our two, primary Scoutmasters for our Council’s Jamboree Contingent. Our Council’s Jamboree Committee is in the process of making final selections and recommendations for additional Adult Leader positions, including key Scouters to help support additional GAC Jamboree Troops as needed. Final leadership selections will be announced in September of 2022.
Jamboree Expenses and Payment Schedules
The price for the National Jamboree is $1,285 for each youth and adult who wishes to attend and registers with the National Jamboree (step 2 of the registration process) by October 31, 2022. Beginning on November 1, 2022, the National Jamboree Fee rises to $1,500 for each youth and adult who registers with the National Jamboree on or after this date. The Greater Alabama Council’s Jamboree Committee, with guidance from the National Jamboree Committee is evaluating its contingent fee. The Council contingent fee will includes:
- National Jamboree Fee ($1,285 for those registered prior to 10/31/2022 and $1,500 for those registering on 11/1/2022 or later)
- Transportation Fees
- Contingent Tents
- Contingent Uniform Supplies (hat, patch, activity shirt)
- Contingency expenses
As a part of this, a payment schedule has been developed that aligns with the invoicing deadlines established by the National Jamboree Committee for the Early Bird Pricing (Early Bird Registration closes on 10/31/2022) schedule. There are five installments of $400 each, due according to the schedule below:
- Payment 1: August 1, 2022
- Payment 2: October 15, 2022
- Payment 3: December 1, 2022
- Payment 4: January 15, 2023
- Payment 5: February 28, 2023
Camperships and Financial Support
The National Jamboree Committee has developed camperships (scholarships) for youth participants to assist in the cost of attending the jamboree. Scholarships can only be applied to the cost of the Jamboree ($1,285 until Oct. 31st, and $1,500 Nov. 1st and after). To apply for a campership, the parents/guardians of youth should fill out the campership application for their youth participant. To apply for a National Jamboree Campership, the application process can be completed through the National Jamboree Registration System, not the Council Contingent Registration System. Campership applications should be submitted no later than as stated on the campership application portal. Applicants will be notified via email if a campership has been awarded. Changes to the campership application are not permitted once submitted.
There are two remaining application rounds remaining for consideration for camperships for the National Jamboree. These application round deadlines are:
October 31, 2022 (Selection Notification Date: December 15, 2022)
December 31, 2022 (Selection Notification Date: February 15, 2023)
The link to the National Jamboree Campership Resource Page can be found here: https://jamboree.scouting.org/participants/scholarships/
The Greater Alabama Council has also developed a way for Scouts to help pay for their trip to the National Jamboree. This fall, Scouts attending the National Jamboree are eligible to help pay their own way through popcorn sales. For Scouts registered for the National Jamboree with both the Greater Alabama Council and the National Jamboree who are interested in selling popcorn to help support their trip, please go to:
Once there, do the following to register:
- Select “Register Now”
- Select the “Scout” registration button
- District is “Jamboree”
- Unit is “Jamboree”
Some important notes about the Popcorn Sale for the Jamboree and the Commission structure for Jamboree Scouts:
- Commissions must be applied to Jamboree fees being paid by our Council (no money will go back to the Scouts directly)
- 30% for Online Direct Sales (product shipped directly from Trails-end to the Customer)
- 38% for all other sales.
- Participating Scouts are eligible for all prizes.
- Should a Scout withdraw from the Jamboree, their commission will be disbursed to their Unit as a part of the normal popcorn sale protocols.
Registration to serve on jamboree staff is open. Serving on staff is a rewarding experience that lets you help make a young man or young woman’s jamboree experience one they’ll never forget. It’s not all work, though. You’ll get plenty of time to enjoy the jamboree fun. Visit the jamboree website for more information. Volunteer staff may select to work the entire jamboree or the first or last half of the jamboree. The registration fee does not include transportation; staff ages 16-25 can pay a discounted prices to work the entire jamboree.
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting.
The excitement of the jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are dialing in around other parts of the Summit. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning!
Operation Arrow is an opportunity to experience the 2023 National Jamboree while providing service with your fellow Arrowmen.
The Jamboree will take place July 19-28, 2023 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
Arrowmen interested in Operation Arrow can register at jamboree.scouting.org by selecting “Order of the Arrow Service Corps” as their job choice.
Get ready to put on your Zesty Blue’s and provide meaningful service in support of the 2023 National Jamboree while having fun and making new memories with your fellow Arrowmen!