The 2013 National Jamboree is coming up in the very near future, scheduled from July 15 to 24, 2013. It is being held at the newest National High Adventure Base for Boy Scouts of America, at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, and in fact it is the very first national event being held at the Summit. Activities for the Jamboree include white water rafting and kayaking, open rock face climbing, some of the longest and fastest zip lines and canopy tours in North America, mountain biking, and of course archery and rifle ranges that will blow any summer camp program out of the water. Archery alone is planned to have four different activities, including a “normal” 10M range, a major 90M range (can you hit the target at the other end of a football field), a 3D archery range, and Sporting Arrows (think skeet shooting with arrows)! How cool does that sound? But then throw in the other activities and think, where else could you EVER experience all this in the same week? This promises to be the best National Jamboree ever, and I’ve only scraped the surface of activities.

Three Harbors Council is currently authorized to send four Boy Scout Troop contingents of 36 Scout and four leaders per troops, and for the first time ever, two Venturing “patrols” of ten including leaders (and the Venturers can be Co-ed). The council fee has been set $1800, and that includes the ten days of the Jamboree, travel to and from the event, and two days of touring in the Washington DC area before the Jamboree, as well as training and recognition items related to the Jamboree. To reserve your spot in a council contingent for this once in a lifetime opportunity requires a simple $100 deposit be submitted to the council along with the online application located at bsajamboree.org.

But if you are interested you need to act soon to reserve your spot, as the council has until next week to finalize our number of units with the National Council. If we only have enough reservations for two troops of Scouts then we will be forced to return two troops to the general national pool, which is not something we want to do if there are interested Scouts. Same with any Venturing groups. If we have no registrations then we cannot commit to keeping the spots available much longer.

So I urge anybody with a remote interest in the National Jamboree to review information available on the website bsajamboree.org, and if you are remotely interested to please register and get a deposit in to the council. We will be working on offering fundraising opportunities to participants in order to defray the costs, but we need to know who those participants might be. This applies to Scouts, those who might be Venturing eligible, and any leaders who might be interested in serving as a contingent unit leader.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to Kurt Rusch at the Milwaukee Service Center (Kurt.Rusch@scouting.org or 414-774-1776), or drop me a line. We will do our best to answer any questions you might have.

But please, act soon.

Sean A. Waiss, Co-Chairman
2013 National Scout Jamboree Committee
Three Harbors Council
SeanWaiss@sbcglobal.net | (262) 884-0936