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Thanks for Attending #2017Jambo

Posted to Summit Blog on July 27th, 2017

Putting on a Jamboree takes a ridiculous amount of work. With all the coordination of activities, discovery of staff and organization of participants, it is nothing short of a miracle that everything went so smoothly. To the over 30,000... [more]

Base Camp Charlie Leads the Way in World Friendship Fund Collection

Posted to Summit Blog on July 27th, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of the Scouts at the 2017 National Jamboree, more than $10,000 has been donated to the World Friendship Fund. Base Camp Charlie, which raised over $1,000, won the challenge to see which Base Camp could raise the most money... [more]

Thank You to Jamboree Staff

Posted to Summit Blog on July 27th, 2017

Putting on a jamboree takes a ridiculous amount of work. With all the coordination of activities, discovery of staff and organization of participants, it is nothing short of a miracle that everything went so smoothly. To the approximately 6,000... [more]

Jamboree Equipment Purchasing Pick Up

Posted to Summit Blog on July 27th, 2017

Staff members who purchased jamboree tents and/or bicycles should pick up their item(s) on Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The items will be available to be picked up on site and/or at the Ruby Welcome Center. On Friday, the... [more]

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Posted to Summit Blog on July 27th, 2017

It takes a lot to produce a National Jamboree. Thousands of volunteer staff members contributed thousands of hours of planning and hard work to ensure that the Scouts in attendance had the times of their lives. But the Jamboree should express its... [more]

Work at SBR in 2018

Posted to Summit Blog on July 27th, 2017

If you have enjoyed being at the Summit, consider signing up to serve as a seasonal staff member for the summer of 2018. During normal operations in the summer, the Summit requires over 200 seasonal staff members to operate smoothly. The Summit is... [more]

Summit Treehouse Not Your Typical Treehouse

Posted to Summit Blog on July 27th, 2017

For most adults, the notion of a tree house evokes nostalgia for a childhood of skinned knees and endless summers. But for Frank McCallister, a treehouse has become a way to pair technologies of the future with traditional Scouting values like... [more]

Attending Summit High Adventure

Posted to Summit Blog on July 26th, 2017

The Summit offers two high-adventure programs: The New River Trek and SBR Mountain Bike Trek. The New River Trek is a 50-mile trip along the New River in inflatable kayaks and rafts. Participants experience class I to V rapids and enjoy the natural... [more]

Kayaking Towards a Smile

Posted to Summit Blog on July 26th, 2017

Kayaking is located on Bravo Lake. From the Summit Center, head from the main entrance east towards the Big Zip landing, go across the dam on Bravo Lake, and the kayaking area is south on the trail. You'll see the kayaks as soon as you get to the... [more]

Staff Departure

Posted to Summit Blog on July 26th, 2017

Departure day is around the corner. Details are below for departures on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. As always, please check with your team lead for specific instructions for tear down and departure. Thursday's Departure Schedule Tear down... [more]

Taking Care of Your Property

Posted to Summit Blog on July 26th, 2017

As the 2017 National Jamboree wraps up, keep this point of the Scout Law in mind: A Scout is Thrifty. Take care of the possessions that you've brought with you to jamboree. Loss and theft unfortunately are always possible at a large event like... [more]

Earn an Interpreter Strip

Posted to Summit Blog on July 26th, 2017

Scouts and leaders who are knowledgeable in a language other than English can test for an interpreter strip at the International Scouting Exhibit at Action Point. Strips can be earned for 11 different target languages including Arabic, Cantonese,... [more]

Motor Pool Vehicle Turn-in Procedure

Posted to Summit Blog on July 26th, 2017

Vehicles that were checked out from the jamboree motor pool may be returned starting at noon Thursday. Vehicles will be accepted from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. All Vehicles Must Be Turned In By 10... [more]

The Need for Speed

Posted to Summit Blog on July 25th, 2017

When you really need speed, nothing is better. Thanks to medical pioneers such as Texas native and Eagle Scout Dr. Red Duke, injured civilians have the option of medical evacuation via helicopter. To give jamboree Scouts a look at the technology,... [more]

Jamboree Volunteers Help West Virginia Save Lives

Posted to Summit Blog on July 25th, 2017

In 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that West Virginia's fatality rate for home fires was well above the national average, and growing. "For us, that's unacceptable," says Barry Simays, area lead for the 2017 National... [more]

Favorite Adventure Area

Posted to Summit Blog on July 25th, 2017

With the jamboree already half over, the Scouts in attendance have had plenty of time to roam around and explore all the Summit Bechtel Reserve has to offer. We were curious: Which parts of the Summit have been wowing them the most? JamboLink... [more]

Mountain Biking Staff Chooses Jamboree Over National Competition

Posted to Summit Blog on July 25th, 2017

Staff member and Venturer Kaitlyn W., from Vancouver, Washington, had a particularly tough decision about whether to attend the 2017 National Jamboree. Kaitlyn, a staff member at Low Gear, was qualified to participate in Nationals for mountain... [more]

Jamboree App Can Help You Navigate Activities

Posted to Summit Blog on July 25th, 2017

Popular programs at the 2017 National Jamboree sometimes have a long wait, but the Jamboree mobile app can help: It lists the wait times for each of the major programs at the Jamboree. The times are updated every 10 minutes if they change... [more]

OA Oral History Project at Jamboree 2017

Posted to Summit Blog on July 25th, 2017

The Order of the Arrow and the National Scouting Museum's Scouting Memories Project have partnered to jointly host the Jamboree 2017 Oral History Project. Youth-focused and led by the four 2017 OA region chiefs, our group attracted great stories... [more]

Avoid Poisonous Plans

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

West Virginia is home to many different poisonous plants. The most common is poison ivy, which can be recognized by its three-leaf design. It can be found anywhere since it is a vine. Another poisonous plant in West Virginia is the stinging nettle... [more]

Steel Drums at International Scouting Exhibit

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

Scouts can hear music from Trinidad and Tobago played on steelpans (steel drums) Tuesday at the International Scouting Exhibit. Talented Scouts from the Trinidad and Tobago were selected to attend the Jamboree in order to present the music the... [more]

Writing Home From the 2017 National Jamboree

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

Thanks to the Jamboree Post Office, Jamboree participants and leaders can write home to their families about the different programs that they are participating in. Located in the Summit Center near the AT&T Stadium, the Jamboree Post Office... [more]

Daniel Carter Beard Recognition

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

The Summit Center at the jamboree boasts several interesting booths and activities, ranging from merit badges to information on the 2019 World Jamboree. At the Commissioner's Corner booth, an award is offered for both youth and adults who can... [more]

Scout Catches World-Record Fish

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

For the first time since he was a Cub Scout, Mark S. went fishing Friday at the jamboree - and he broke the world record for catching the largest grass carp with a fishing rod without a reel. The fish weighed in at a whopping 22 pounds and was 39... [more]

A Day in the Life of Jambo Bus Drivers

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

You've seen them shuttling participants and staff members around key places at the jamboree: the drivers behind the wheel of the jamboree shuttle buses. Dwayne Rucker is one. For him, driving the Boy Scouts around has been positive. "It's been a... [more]

Special Guest Cartoonists - John and Anne Hambrock

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

The special guest cartoon today is "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee," by John Hambrock. Anne Morse-Hambrock, his wife, colors the strip and works in many other capacities to keep the strip running smoothly. Today's cartoon was created specifically... [more]

Does Your Unit Participate in OA? If Not, We Want to Hear From You!

Posted to Summit Blog on July 24th, 2017

Are you a Scoutmaster or leader of a unit that does not participate in the Order of the Arrow? If so, the OA would like to hear from you! On Tuesday, July 25 at 1PM, the OA will host an open forum for leaders whose units do not participate in the... [more]

Celebrating 20 Years of Jamboree Staff

Posted to Summit Blog on July 23rd, 2017

At the 1997 National Scout Jamboree, Teesie King, Craig Brasher and Brenda Hanson Smith met while serving on medical staff in Base Camp Charlie. Little did the three know that they would go from being complete strangers to closest friends: As of... [more]

Wonders From the Ropes

Posted to Summit Blog on July 23rd, 2017

Navigate swinging logs, cargo nets and rope bridges at the Ropes Challenge Course. It's a jungle adventure that combines obstacles with heights; trees with adventure. It's not all risk though, first stop is the orientation, where scouts learn about... [more]

Summit Center Buzzing With Activity

Posted to Summit Blog on July 23rd, 2017

Many fun activities are located at the Summit Center, a central hub across the lake from Base Camp Charlie. The myriad of activities and tents located near the gorgeous Goodrich Lake vary enough so every person walking around will find something to... [more]

Special Guest Cartoonist - Ron Ferdinand - Dennis the Menace

Posted to Summit Blog on July 23rd, 2017

Ron Ferdinand is the cartoonist behind the Sunday Dennis the Menace comic strip. As with the daily strip, Dennis the Menace runs in over 1,000 newspapers internationally. This particular Sunday ended up not being available, however, Ron... [more]

Rafting Program

Posted to Summit Blog on July 17th, 2017

The Scouts and leaders who've snagged seats in the Jamboree's Offsite Adventures rafting program will take in some of the best sights the country has to offer, at the center of West Virginia's beautiful, historic New River Gorge. Be sure to pack... [more]

Excitement Will Reign at Basecamp Bashes

Posted to Summit Blog on July 17th, 2017

The three large Jamboree shows are sure to be extravagant and elaborate frenzies of music and fun. However, for nights without those large festivals, basecamp bashes will occur on several nights. Here's a rundown: Echo (Staff) - July 18 at 7:30... [more]

Garden Ground Adventures

Posted to Summit Blog on July 17th, 2017

Garden Ground Mountain has always been an oddity in West Virginia history. Formerly a large ridge, it was sheared down for coal mining in the early 20th century. Legend holds that coal miners used the rare flat land to grow vegetables for their... [more]

NESA's Very Inspirational Presenters Will Wow the Jamboree

Posted to Summit Blog on July 12th, 2017

Attendees at the 2017 National Jamboree will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of inspirational and informative speakers, courtesy of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) . Wendy Perrone, executive director of the Three Rivers... [more]

2017Jambo Shows Preview

Posted to Summit Blog on July 12th, 2017

One thing at the 2017 National Jamboree that you won't find anywhere else is the amazing set of shows lined up for you and the 40,000 others who will be in the audience. Participants will gather at the AT&T Summit Stadium three times throughout... [more]

Recreation for Staff Provided by the Order of the Arrow

Posted to Summit Blog on July 12th, 2017

After a long day at the 2017 National Jamboree, staff members who are looking to sit back, relax, destress, and have a good time will have plenty of opportunities. The Operation Arrow Recreation Committee , an integral portion of Operation Arrow's... [more]

Post Your Colors

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on July 9th, 2017

Check out the July BSA promotional program! If you are on the net, you could win some very cool prizes including trips to the national high adventure bases down to a $50 ScoutStuff gift card. The contest is only going on through July so click here... [more]

Massive Word Search

Posted to Inside Boys' Life on July 5th, 2017

http://media.boyslife.org/onlinegames/wordsearch/ The clock is ticking. How fast can you find the words in these 50 puzzles? The clock is ticking. How fast can you find the words in these 50 puzzles? View On WordPress... [more]

Garden Ground Mountain Program

Posted to Summit Blog on June 30th, 2017

Jamboree participants who complete the 1,000-foot climb to the summit of the Summit will enjoy a new day-long program, the Jamboree Trek to Garden Ground Mountain. Each participating troop will be assigned an Order of the Arrow Trek Guide, who will... [more]

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