2013 National Jamboree Highlights
Create World Jamboree-Style Scouting Neighborhoods
- Smaller camping footprint (1,000 acres) than Fort A.P. Hill (5,000 acres).
- Maximum distance to arena from any subcamp will be 1.5 miles.
- Twenty subcamps organized into five villages.
- Much smaller subcamp staff.
- Troops will be assigned to subcamps in a manner that promotes the highest level of interaction.
- One subcamp will be dedicated to Venturers.
- Almost all adult staff will be housed and fed in the adult camp (6,000 to 7,000).
- Walking will be the mode of transportation. Personal vehicles will not be allowed in the jamboree footprint.
Build Flexible Infrastructure to Support Both THE Jamboree and The Summit Year-Round Programs
- Permanent camp sites with bathroom facilities.
- Underground electricity and fiber optic cable for the entire site.
- The first jamboree at The Summit will have more temporary facilities than future jamborees.
- The Summit Center will be designed to function as the visitor experience area.
Embrace Cutting-Edge Technology in the Jamboree Operational Model
- Jamboree will utilize technology at every possible level from the submission of applications through the duration of the event.
- Plans are to utilize mobile technology to provide programming, data and individual schedules.
- BSA technology will become part of the jamboree “magic.”
Employ a Seamless Logistics and Supply Operation
- Jamboree will provide all troop equipment—tents, cooking equipment, etc.
- Participants will only bring a duffel (jamboree will supply), sleeping bag, and personal gear.
- Food will be pre-packed by troops, with cooking designed for troops rather than patrols.
- Commissary will be offsite, with troop food delivered to villages.
- Lunches will be issued with breakfast in the morning so that participants will have them wherever they are.
Deliver a World-Class Program—Constantly on the Move
- Program will be more diverse, more intense, and have a higher energy level than previous jamborees.
- Jamboree will engage participants on a more intense program level in areas of interest to them.
- Program will be available from daylight to dark.
- Day of Giving Back.
- New Jamboree Trek program.
- Merit badges connected to program areas rather than a "merit badge midway."
- Arena shows designed to entertain and inspire youth members.
Showcase a Visitor Experience Very Different than the Participant Experience
- Visitors and participants can come together in the 90-acre Summit Center.
- Access to program areas will be limited to jamboree participants.
- In the Summit Center, visitors will be offered a “jamboree lite” experience with a sampling of jamboree activities, constant entertainment and activities in the arena area, in addition to the exhibit and display areas.
- Jamboree visitors will be provided an improved experience and charged a reasonable but appropriate fee.
- Pre-registration wil be required and available early 2013.
Enable a Volunteer-Driven, Professionally Guided Jamboree Staff Opportunity
- Staff mantra—“volunteer–driven, professionally guided.” No duality of one volunteer and one professional in each major assignment.
- Less management, more customer-engaged staff.
- Emphasis on recruiting younger staff members by providing shorter commitments than entire jamboree.
- OA will provide more than 600 Arrowmen for programs such as Jamboree Trek and Day of Giving Back.
- Jamboree staff camp will be separated from participant camps, with vast majority of staff housed in the staff camp.
Go Green, Go Healthy, and Go Safe
- Jamboree will use absolute best practices of eco-friendly camping—an example to other camps.
- Embrace conservation practices and Leave No Trace camping.
- Promote childhood health and fitness.
- Walking will be the mode of transportation for everyone.
- Healthy food and drinks offered.
Sustain the Scouting Movement for the Next 100 Years
- Jamboree will preserve the best of jamboree traditions while creating new ones.
- Scouts, staff, and visitors will be introduced to the World Brotherhood of Scouting at The Summit.
Offer Scouts, Scouters, and Visitors a True, Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- A jamboree at The Summit will truly be that once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who attend.
To find out more about the Boy Scouts of America's 2013 Jamboree, visit the Jamboree page.