National Jamboree

Basic Details

Dates: July 16-17, 2023 – July 28 2023 – This year we are sending a State Wide contingent to the National Jamboree.  We will be departing on the 16th or 17th of July to arrive at the National Jamboree on July 19, 2023. The contingent will take around 1-2 days after the jamboree to get back to South Dakota.

Price: $2500 – Includes travel (price could change based on travel ), patches, t-shirts, tours, insurance, meals, and jamboree fee.

Payment Schedule

$350 due with application – Due by August 1st, 2022

Follow the monthly payment schedule in the registration. Goal is to have an additional $1200 paid by January 2023 and the final $950 paid by July 2023.

*There is a $50 late fee added for late payments

Location: 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.

2023 is the next National Jamboree.

Limited Capacity: Our contingent will take 20+ participants and will combine with 20+ participants from Black Hills Council. Adults interested in being a part of the 4-person Adult Contingent Leadership should contact Mike O’Connor at the Sioux Council Office .  We could especially use Adult Female Leadership.  The first 16+ Scouts to turn in their application and pay $350 will earn slots. Scouts beyond that will be placed on a waitlist. Scouts that fail to make payments on time or have to cancel their jamboree plans will be replaced by Scouts on our waitlist.

All persons – youth & adult wishing to register for the Jamboree need to go to that National Jamboree site and complete the online registration.  Then the completed registration will come to the Sioux Council for approval and addition to our contingent.

Adventure: 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.

Jamboree History: 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, 18 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2017.