National Scout Jamboree 2017: Fuel Scouting's Adventure
The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held at the Bechtel Summit Reserve in West Virginia. The Summit is the permanent home of the Jamboree and is the newest High Adventure Base in the Boy Scouts of America. The Summit will also host the World Scout Jamboree in 2019.
This Jamboree will be like none other held before. The BSA strives to go bigger and bolder at their events every year and this is no different. From July 19-28, 2017, nearly 40,000 Scouts from around the 50 States and even those outside the countries borders will convene at the Summit to do some extreme Scouting!
According to summitbsa.org "There are incredible side trips that Scouts and families can take on their way to and from the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. A tour of Washington, DC, is only a few hours' drive away, and the entire region surrounding the Summit is filled with some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. The Blue Ridge is just to the south, and the Shenandoah Valley is a short drive to the east. That's not to mention all of the incredibly scenic areas in West Virginia itself.
The first Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, DC, 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 some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, 17 national jamboree's have been held, the last in 2013.
Winnebago Council, BSA | 2017 National Jamboree Promo Video
Tentative Travel Itinerary
This is a preliminary travel itinerary and is subject to change as numbers, fee's, and more information is made available.
- Friday July 14
- Leave Iowa (approximately 6 PM)
- Saturday, July 15
- Tour National Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
- Tour Gettysburg National Military Park
- Travel to Washington DC
- Sunday, July 16—Monday, July 17
- Tour Washington DC
- Travel to Day of Service location in West Virginia Monday evening
- Tuesday, July 18
- Day of Service in West Virginia
- Wednesday, July 19
- Check in to 2017 Jamboree
- Friday, July 28
- Travel to Dayton, Ohio
- Tour National Museum of the Air Force
- Saturday, July 29
- Travel to Indianapolis, Indiana
- Tour Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Travel to Waterloo (ETA to be Determined)