Catalina Council is looking for adult leaders for the 2021 National Jamboree.
We are looking for a Scoutmasters and Crew Advisers. The 2021 National Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the third Jamboree to be held at this site. This is Scouting’s flagship event and is a one-of-a-kind experience with approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. The Jamboree , held every four years, is an awesome opportunity for Scouts and their leaders to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place. Features include: one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world-class skate park, ATVs, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, patch trading, stadium shows and more.
Please fill out Catalina Council’s online 2021 Jamboree adult Leader Application by November 30, 2018.
THE JAMBOREE’S PERMANENT HOME
In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2013. 2017 is the next national jamboree and The Summit will also be hosting the 2019 World Jamboree.
VISITING THE MOUNTAINS
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, D.C., 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 excitement of the jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are doing around other parts of the Summit. Also, 2013 was the first year that Venturers, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, were part of the jamboree. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning.
The first Boy Scouts of America national jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., 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 jamborees have been held, the last in 2013.