Now is the time to sign up for National Scout Jamboree
The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree is being planned, and scout leaders organizing a special troop to attend the event say interested Boy Scouts should register soon.
The jamboree will take place in West Virginia. Scouts from Sanpete, Sevier and Millard counties are forming what is being called the Central Utah Troop to attend the jamboree and go on an historical tour as part of the trip.
According to Lawrence Durtschi, Scoutmaster for the Central Utah Troop, registration for is filling up fast.
“The benefit of signing up now is the opportunity to spread the payments over the next year,” Durtschi said. The trip is a significant expense, “but it is worth it,” he says.
The jamboree tour will run from July 15-31, 2007. Durtschi says the $2,995 fee includes all jamboree fees, tour fees, council-issued items (patches, shirts, daypack, etc.,) and camp fees, everything except souvenirs and snacks.
Organizers from the Boy Scouts of America expect more than 50,000 Scouts and leaders to converge on the 10,000-acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve in West Virginia.
The facility was made possible in part by a $50 million donation from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. It is anticipated it will become the new permanent home for national jamborees.
Before and after the jamboree, the troop will visit more than a dozen historical sites (see box).
Registration is accepted on a first come, first serve bases, Durtschi says. After the Central Utah Troop is full, prospective participants will be placed on a waitlist.
Boys must have earned the rank of first class, be between the ages of 12 and 17 and be in good health in order to participate.
“This jamboree is going to involve white water rafting, zip lining, skateboarding and mountain biking—things we’ve never seen before at jamborees. It’s going to be a totally new experience,” Tico Perez, BSA national commissioner, said.
- Washington C.: U.S. Capitol, museums, memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, National Archives, LDS Temple
- Philadelphia: Liberty Hall, Liberty Bell, S. Mint, Liberty Square
- Palmyra, NY: Sacred Grove, Smith Family Farm, Hill Cumorah, Grandin Print Shop, Whitmer Farm, Eerie Canal
- Harmony, PA: Aaronic Priesthood restoration site, Susquehanna River
- Gettysburg, PA: Gettysburg Battlefield with tour guide, Amish country
- Kirtland, OH: Kirtland Temple, Whitney Store, John Johnson Home