2021 National Scout Jamboree has been postponed

July 21-30, 2021

Scout Experience unveiled for 2021 Jamboree

Organizers of the 2021 BSA Scout Jamboree outlined plans for Scout Experience during a webinar held March 17, 2020.

New in 2021 will be Leadership Heights, with Scouts learning through activities to develop plans for growth as leaders. An escape room, teamwork games and ideals-based exercises are planned. Each day during an a.m. or p.m. session, Scouts will convene near the Big Zip and Marriott Lodge.

The Jamboree schedule was revised to substitute Leadership Heights in place of Day of Service during the event. Day of Service is being promoted by organizers to be included in each contingent’s pre-Jamboree shakedown weekend. Organizers are encouraging low-lift, high-impact projects in support of local organizations outside of Scouts BSA. More information on how to highlight your unit’s day of service and share stories will be provided in the months ahead.

Also new in 2021, an American Indian Experience is planned on Mt. Jack. Organizers are recruiting tribe members to interpret for Scouts.

Returning to Mt. Jack are Spartan Race, Field Sports, Acme Pioneering, Buckskin Village, Silver Bay Scout Camp and Order of the Arrow stations.

From 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2021, participants in the Jamboree are encouraged to support Hometown Celebration in Base Camps. Games, songs, food and landmarks can be showcased for 2 hours by a troop, which then will visit another troop promoting its identity.

Representative of West Virginia University will present a program on “the science

behind the sport.” The program promises to offer insights into sports at the Jamboree that include scuba, paddle boarding, swimming and fishing. Also,BMX, climbing, skateboarding, a ropes course, canopy tours and zip lines. Plus, archery and shooting sports. For videos about these activities, visit https://jamboree.scouting.org/

Rafting on the New River will feature about a 4-hour, 5-mile trip including rapids. Participation requires a prepaid reservation handled by council officials.

The 2021 National Jamboree will be Wednesday, July 21, through Friday, July 30, 2021. The location is the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Glen Jean, WV.

For more information from the Pennsylvania Dutch Council and plans to send a contingent to the 2021 Jamboree, visit http://padutchbsa.org/programs/2021-national-jamboree/ or the council Scout Shop, 640 Janet Ave. Suite B-114, Lancaster, or call 717.394.4063.

2021 Pennsylvania Dutch Council Jamboree Contingent Now Forming

The Pennsylvania Dutch Council plans to send two troops (64 youth male, 8 youth female, 6 adult male, and 2 adult female) to the 2021 Jamboree.

Youth National Jamboree Application

Adult National Jamboree Application

If you are interested in being part of the contingent please contact Daniel Hanson, Program Director, daniel.hanson@scouting.org, 717-553-4205, or Bill Hannegan, Jamboree Committee Chairman, hanneganb@gmail.com, 717-419-6480.


The current estimated Jamboree cost is $1,600.00.  The Council Jamboree committee does their best to deliver value when planning for the Jamboree, however, there are costs that are beyond the control of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council. For example, transportation contracts cannot be signed until much closer to the actual Jamboree departure date and prices may change. Costs may also be affected if the Jamboree contingent of two troops is less than full.

Youth Eligibility Requirements

Scouts BSA

  • Be a currently registered member of a Scouts BSA Troop.
  • Be at least a First Class Scout by the first day of the Jamboree.
  • Be at least age 12 by the first day of the Jamboree or be age 11 and have graduated from 6th grade but have not reached age 18 by the last day of the Jamboree.
  • Be approved by the unit leader and local council.
  • Meet all BSA medical screening and BMI requirements.

Adult Eligibility Requirements

Adult Jamboree participants are selected by the Council Jamboree Committee after a review process and interview. Application does not guarantee selection as a Jamboree adult leader. An expectation of Jamboree leadership is that they will help actively recruit youth participants to fill contingent spaces.

Scouts BSA Leaders

  • Be a currently registered adult leader of a Scouts BSA Troop. Jamboree Scoutmaster candidates must be currently serving as a Scoutmaster.
  • Scoutmaster and 1st Asst. Scoutmaster candidates must be at least age 21 by the first day of the Jamboree. 2nd Asst. Scoutmaster candidates must be at least age 18 by the first day of the Jamboree. 3rd Asst. Scoutmaster candidates must be at least age 18 by the first day of the Jamboree by not age 21 by the last day of the Jamboree.
  • Have completed all required training for your registered position
  • Complete Youth Protection Training within one year of the first day of the Jamboree.
  • Be approved by the local council.
  • Meet all BSA medical screening and BMI requirements.

Scholarships offered for 2021 National Jamboree

Scholarships for up to 50 percent of the cost of the 2021 National Jamboree will be offered to registered youth participants through April 30, 2020.

After May 1, 2020, organizers of the event will evaluate the scholarship applications with the goal of notifying council officials by June 30, 2020.

The Jamboree dates are July 21-30, 2021. More information about the event is available at https://jamboree.scouting.org/.

Participant fees are based on $1,175 per person plus travel and related expenses for each troop representing a council as a 40-member contingent. The estimated cost for a participant from the Pennsylvania Dutch Council is $1,600.

Scholarship applicants must be registered with National to attend the Jamboree. The Pennsylvania Dutch Council requires that an application and a $250 deposit be submitted to council as part of the registration process.

Registered youth participants then may email a request for a scholarship application to jamboreg@scouting.org.