2023 | NATIONAL JAMBOREE | JULY 19-28

2023 NATIONAL JAMBOREE | JULY 19-28

This is the absolute best of Scouting! Held once very four years, the National Scout Jamboree is 10 amazing days of fun, friends, and adventure. You do not want to miss out on this! The Jamboree is Scouting’s one-of-a-kind flagship event! It’s a gathering of over 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything Scouting has to offer. Held in July of 2023 at the Summit High Adventure Base. Scouts and Scouters will experience all kinds of adventures from stadium shows, pioneer village, garden ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, shooting sports, mountain biking, zip-lining, rock climbing, white water rafting and more! With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. 

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OUR COUNCIL KICK-OFF VIDEO SEPT. 15TH

WHY ATTEND JAMBOREE?

OUR COUNCIL'S CONTINGENT

To attend the Jamboree, Scouts must register and be part of our Council’s Contingent, which is a just group of Scouts and Scouters from the Greater Alabama Council. Planning and preparation will happen through this contingent. The group will travel together via a chartered bus, camp together, eat together, go to shows together, and experience the Jamboree together. Based on the number of youth that register, our Council’s contingent will be split into smaller groups which we call troops. These troops will be no more than 36 Scouts and at least 4 adult leaders. Scouts will be placed into patrols within their Troop. 

HOW TO REGISTER

Registration for the Jamboree is a two-step process!  To register for the Jamboree, please follow these links, in the following order:

Your BSA Membership registration MUST be current and your member ID number must be linked in the profile of the registrant’s my.scouting.org account. To complete your registration you MUST complete the required disclosures that will be e-mailed to you. 

AGE REQUIREMENTS: 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.

TRAVEL

The 2023 National Jamboree will begin on Wednesday, July 19, and run through Friday, July 28, 2023, at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Our contingent will travel via Charter Bus with our departure dates to and from the Summit being determined in early 2023. It is approximately a 10 hour bus ride to the Summit.

PREPARATION

After you have register you will need to attend a few important meetings including an orientation outing at Camp Jackson on April 28-30, 2023. Additional meetings will be scheduled and e-mailed out to all the participants. Scouts will need to complete a Jamboree specific medical form signed by a licensed physician and indicating compliance with specified immunizations. We will provide more information as the event gets closer. 

ADULT LEADERSHIP

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 Jamboree Troops as needed. 

COST AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

The early-bird price to attend the National Jamboree is $2,000. After Oct 31st, 2022 this fee is $2,215. This will cover nearly all of the expenses associated with attending the event including the Jamboree fee, transportation, tents, Jamboree hat, patch, and activity shirts.

To qualify for the early-bird price, simply register via the steps listed above and pay your deposit before October 31st. 

Payments can be made online or through our office 205-970-0251.

EARLY BIRD PAYMENT SCHEDULE: 5 installments of $400, paid to our Council on the schedule below:

  • October 31st, 2022: $400
  • December 15th, 2022: $400
  • February 15th, 2023: $400
  • April 15th, 2023: $400
  • May 15th, 2023: $400 (Last Payment, 100% paid) 

REGULAR PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Payment of $565 and 3 installments of $550, paid to our Council on the schedule below:

  • December 15th, 2022: $565
  • February 15th, 2023: $550
  • April 15th, 2023: $550
  • May 15th, 2023: $550 (Last Payment, 100% paid)

CAMPERSHIPS & 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 Fee ($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/ 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES

Our Council has also developed a way for Scouts to help pay for their trip to the National Jamboree through Popcorn and Camp-Card Sales. Scouts that are registered for the National Jamboree may sell popcorn to help support their trip. A Jamboree Unit has been set up in the popcorn sales system and Scouts can continue to sell product from November to April. Registration instruction are below and popcorn is available at our Council office.

Register to Sell at 
https://www.trails-end.com/scouts Once there, do the following to register:

  1. Select “Register Now”
  2. Select the “Scout” registration button
  3. District is “Jamboree”
  4. 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.
Additionally, Scouts may participate in the Camp Card sale which begins in February and goes unit May. Scouts will earn $5 for every $10 card sold. 

STAFF THE JAMBOREE!

Serving on Staff at the Jamboree is an amazing and rewarding experience. You will help make this jamboree one that our Scouts will never forget. The registration site apply to serve on jamboree staff is now open. Depending on your availability you can volunteer to serve the entire event or serve just the first or just the last half. Their are many locations and areas to serve and a you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the jamboree fun. Please visit the jamboree service team website for more information which includes a detailed list of the volunteer staff positions. The registration fee for staff is paid directly to National and does not include transportation.

Cost for adult staff (age 34 and up):

  • Session 1 (July 17-23, 2023) – $700
  • Session 2 (July 24-29, 2023) – $700
  • Session 3 (July 16-29, 2023) – $1,200

Cost for young adult staff (ages 16-33)

  • Session 1 YAJ (July 17-23, 2023) – $400
  • Session 2 YAJ (July 24-29, 2023) – $400
  • Session 3 YAJ (July 16-29, 2023) – $675

VISIT THE JAMBOREE!

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!

Information on the cost of Single-Day Passes along with available dates will be available closer to the event. 

OPERATION ARROW!

Operation Arrow is an opportunity to experience the 2023 National Jamboree while providing service with your fellow Arrowmen. 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!