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July 19-28, 2017

Summit Bechtel Family National Reserve, West Virginia

Join Scouts and Scouters of the PA Dutch Council as part of the Council’s official Jamboree Contingent Troops and experience Scouting’s largest national event – The National Scout Jamboree.

2017 National Jamboree Website: 2017 National Scout Jamboree

The Pennsylvania Dutch Council National Jamboree Contingent is FULL. Waiting List Only

The Pennsylvania Dutch Council 2017 National Jamboree patches are now available for purchase. You can find more information here.

 

Pennsylvania Dutch Council Contingent

The PA Dutch Council plans to send two Boy Scout Troops (36 Scouts and 4 Leaders each) and 1 Venturing Crew (8 Venturers and 2 Advisers) to the 2017 Jamboree.

Cost

The current estimated Jamboree cost is $1,340.00.  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 PA 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 2 Troops and 1 Venturing Crew is less than full.

Youth Eligibility Requirements

Boy Scouts

  • Be a currently registered member of a Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Team.
  • 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.

Venturers*

  • Be a currently registered member of a Venturing Crew.
  • Be at least age 14 by the first day of the Jamboree or be age 13 and have graduated from the 8th grade but have not reached age 21 by the last day of the Jamboree.
  • Be approved by the unit leader and local council.
  • Meet all BSA medical screening and BMI requirements.
  • *Allowing female Venturers to attend the Jamboree will be contingent upon the application and selection of a female Venturing adviser so that Venturing Youth Protection standards can be maintained.

For More Information and to Apply Download the Information Packet Below:

Jamboree Youth Info and Registration

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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.

Boy Scouts Leaders

  • Be a currently registered adult leader of a Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Team. Jamboree Scoutmaster candidates must be currently serving as a Scoutmaster or Varsity Coach.
  • 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 and either have/or will have completed Wood Badge (practical portion) prior to July 19, 2017.
  • 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.

Venturing Leaders*

  • Be a currently registered member of a Venturing Crew actively serving as a Crew Advisor or Associate Advisor.
  • Be at least age 21 by the first day of the Jamboree.
  • Have completed all required training for your registered position and either have/or will have completed Wood Badge (practical portion) prior to July 19, 2017.
  • 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.
  • *Allowing female Venturers to attend the Jamboree will be contingent upon the application and selection of a female Venturing advisor so that Venturing Youth Protection standards can be maintained.

For More Information and to Apply Download the Information Packet Below:

Jamboree Adult Info and Application

New River rafting

White Water Rafting at Jamboree 2017

White water rafting trips on the New River will be offered to participants in the 2017 BSA Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Rafters are promised two hours on the water plus transportation and essential gear.

The cost will be $65 per person, which is in addition to the contingent fee of $1,340 for the PA Dutch Council. Contingent members must reserve seats for rafting by contacting council no later than Oct. 31.

National BSA expects to accommodate all requests, as it has reserved 11,500 seats for Boy Scouts and 1,500 seats for Venture Crew members.

Three sections of the river will be rafted by Scouts. One section with more challenging rapids will be designated for Venturers.

Rafting will be organized by units, which is a change from 2013 when individuals booked their trip. Dates in 2017 will be July 20, 21, 24, 25, 26.

Rafting will be scheduled on dates that do not conflict with unit opportunities for the Big Zip, Day of Service and hike to Garden Ground Mountain.

What to bring: Swimwear/sportswear*, closed-toed shoes**, medication, sunscreen, hat to fit under helmet, water bottle with strap and waterproof camera with strap. *Sportswear may not be cotton or denim. **Shoes may be an old pair, footgloves and/or open heel. Shoes may not be flip flops or hiking boots. Shoe storage will permit participants to switch from camp shoes to river shoes at Summit check-in.

For more information about the 2017 BSA Jamboree, visit padutchbsa.org, keyword jamboree. Registration for Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members is in progress.

To request a presentation about the 2017 Jamboree, contact Bill Hannegan, chairman, Jamboree Committee, at hanneganb@gmail.com.

2017 BSA Jamboree Day of Service

2017 BSA Jamboree Day of Service

Opportunities to clear trails, clean parks or paint structures are planned as part of Messengers of Peace – Day of Service at the 2017 National BSA Scout Jamboree.

Jamboree participants including the contingent from the PA Dutch Council will volunteer for a day in 9 counties nearest the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

After breakfast and the chance to pack lunch items in camp, contingent members will board buses between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Each contingent will arrive at a work site and remain there for 5 hours, including a break for lunch. Contingent members will return to the Summit by 5:30 p.m. for dinner.

Participants are advised to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes. The clothing could get heavily soiled or stained. Participants should bring 2 quarts of water, rain gear, medication, the unit first aid kit and their favorite work gloves. Tools and personal protective gear will be provided at the work site.

Dates for the day of service are July 20-21 and July 24-26. Care will be taken to avoid scheduling conflicts for units in line for rafting on the New River and hiking to Garden Ground Mountain.

Arrangements by BSA organizers are being coordinated with the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia. In 2013, this effort resulted in Jamboree participants recording 148,000 hours as part of the Day of Service.

In 2017, participating groups will include the National Park Service, American Red Cross, West Virginia Army National Guard and, for the first time, West Virginia University.

The involvement of WVU will allow out-of-state Scout units the chance to perform the day of service in the Morgantown area prior to and after the Jamboree.

For more information and to register for the 2017 Jamboree as a Boy Scout or Venture Scout, visit Padutchbsa.org. The keyword is jamboree. Also visit 2017jamboree@scouting.org