July 19-28, 2023
The Jamboree Troop Launches from Bakersfield in…
2023 National Jamboree
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. Held every four years, the Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for participants, volunteers, and visitors to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place. Features include; one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world-class skate park, ATV offerings, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, patch trading, stadium shows, and much more!
For more information email Randy.Saunders@Scouting.org
The first Boy Scouts of America national jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the jamboree was canceled because of a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 18 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2017.
Every four years, the Southern Sierra Council puts together a Jamboree Contingent to attend the National Jamboree. The Contingent consists of 1 unit, comprised of up to 36 youth and at least 4 adult leaders. Besides the Jamboree experience itself, there are many costs that are incurred in preparation for the event. These costs include (but may not be limited to):
- Airfare to and from the east coast
- Luggage fees
- Hotel and security
- Jamboree training, meetings, and other events
- Jamboree gear, including all troop/crew specific gear (flags, unit numerals, water bottles, hats, shirts, jackets, backpack, duffle bag, patches and tent)
- Jamboree event fee
- Dedicated Scouting professional and support staff to facilitate and assist in a successful Jamboree experience
- Bus transportation to all tour locations and to and from Jamboree with dedicated bus drivers
- A tour team to organize and facilitate all touring aspects
- A tour of part of America’s history including Washington, DC and other historical locations.
The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualifications to attend the National Jamboree include:
- Registered member of a Scouts BSA Troop, who will be at least 12 years old by July 19, 2023, but who has not yet reached their 18th birthday by July 28, 2023. –OR–
- A young adult BSA member that is at least 18 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree, July 19, 2023, but has not reached their 21st birthday by July 28, 2023, the last day of the Jamboree. –OR–
- Registered member of a Venture Crew.
- Must live and abide by the Scout Oath and Law.
- Must abide by the Jamboree Code of Conduct.
At the time of registration, Scouts will be placed in a Jamboree troop. If that troop is full, the Scout will be placed on a waiting list. Each Scout will be a member of a patrol within their unit. Every contingent member will be required to participate in and have the following:
- Monthly troop meetings
- A completed National Jamboree Medical form signed by a licensed physician
- Attend the all-contingent gathering
- Attend an overnight training encampment.
- Have all fees paid no later than April 30, 2023.
Each unit requires at least four adult leaders. In a troop, there is a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters, all fulfilling specific duties during the trip. In each crew, there is an Advisor and Associate Advisors. If you are an adult interested in attending the 2023 National Jamboree as a leader – please contact Randy Saunders at the Southern Sierra Council as soon as possible. You will be contacted to schedule an interview. The Southern Sierra Council will do our best to accommodate the position you would like to take; however, the committee will make the final decision on who is best in each position for the youth attending.
PRICING AND REGISTRATION
The estimation of cost for the 2023 Jamboree with touring plan is $4,200. (The fee listed here is preliminary and is subject to change.) Jamboree fees include everything listed in “details” section. Other out-of-pocket expenses may include (but are not limited to) additional uniforms, patches, and spending money.
All participants must register online at https://jamboree.scouting.org/participants/ BY JUNE 30, 2022.
All youth participants must submit an approval letter from their Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor to the Scout Office BY JUNE 30, 2022.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due BY JULY 15, 2022. All fees are paid to the Scout Office.
Regular payments must be made by all participants. A monthly schedule is shown below. Full payment must be received no later than April 30, 2023 in order for the participant to attend. The following is the payment schedule for the 2023 National Jamboree (although more may be paid in advance).
- $500 non-refundable by July 15, 2022
- $450 per month for August & September 2022
- $400 per month for October 2022 through April 2023.
ALL PAYMENTS, TOTALLING $4,200 , ARE DUE BY April 30, 2023.
There will be opportunities for participants to earn funds for the Jamboree by selling Trails End Popcorn in the fall of 2022. More details will be available at the June 2 Jamboree Zoom meeting.
If a participant is unable to attend, a refund of the fees paid will be provided only if another Scout is able to fill their spot in the contingent. Once that participant registers and pays fees, the refund will be issued.
2023 National Scout Jamboree Policy
- I promise to obey the Scout oath and law
- I will be Scout-like in how we act and treat others
- I will set a good example by keeping myself neatly dressed and presentable. I will attend all scheduled programs and participate as required in cooperation with other unit members and leaders.
- In consideration of other unit participants, I agree to follow the bedtime and sleep schedule of the unit.
- I will be responsible for keeping my tent and personal gear clean and neat and labeling all personal gear.
- I will adhere to all recycling policies and regulations. I will not litter.
- I understand that the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs is prohibited at The Summit.
- I understand that serious and/or repetitive behavior violations, including cheating, stealing, dishonesty, fighting, and cursing, may result in expulsion from The Summit or serious disciplinary action and loss of privileges.
- I understand that gambling of any form is prohibited.
- I understand that possession of lasers of any type and possession or detonation of fireworks is prohibited.
- I will demonstrate respect for The Summit and unit property and be personally responsible for any loss, breakage, or vandalism of property as a result of my actions.
- Neither the unit leaders nor the Boy Scouts of America will be responsible for loss, breakage, or theft of personal items. I will label all my personal items and check items of value at the direction of unit leaders. Theft will be grounds for expulsion.
- I will obey the safety rules and instructions of all supervisors and staff members.
- I understand that hazing has no place in Scouting; nor do running the gauntlet, belt lines, and similar acts of physical punishment.
- I understand that participants may only bring items specified on the equipment list provided.
- I understand that I can be sent home for bullying, horseplay, fighting, stealing, off-color jokes, remarks or conduct, harassment of any kind-sexual, religious, race, cultural, national origin, disability, etc., being a “peeping tom”, being in an off-limits area and/or repeated failure to follow instructions.
- Violation of this Code of Conduct, or any other conduct deemed to be inconsistent with the values of Scouting, may result in expulsion from The Summit at the participant’s own expense and could result in revocation of BSA membership.