Less than two years from now, from July 26, 2010 through August 4, 2010, BSA will hold the next National Jamboree at Ft. A. P. Hill in Virginia. This is a gathering of 43,000 or more scouts and adults from all over the country and around the world. It is sort of a camporee on a global scale. These Jamborees only occur about every four years so for many scouts, it is a once in a lifetime event if they want to attend as a scout and one they will never forget. (ASM Mike Lyman has memorabilia from his father's and grandfather's trip to the 1950 Jamboree in Valley Forge.) This is an especially unique Jamboree since it will celebrate 100 years of Scouting! http://www.bsajamboree.org/.

In 2010 the troop plans to return to Philmont. Two major trips in the summer and summer camp may be too much for some scouts but not all of the boys will meet the age requirements for Philmont but will meet the requirements for the Jamboree. (They must be at least First Class Scouts, have completed the sixth grade or be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2010, but not have reached their 18th birthday by August 4, 2010.) This will be a good major activity for them and some of the boys may want to go to both Philmont and the Jamboree.

Registration for the Jamboree is a multiple step process. Boys must register on the Jamboree website (http://www.bsajamboree.org/ ) and pay a non-refundable processing fee. They must also get scout master approveal. (ASM Mike Lyman is handling that for the troop.) Once those steps are done the paperword goes to the district and council. This registration does not guarantee a spot at the Jamboree. The troop that will be put together for our district only has 36 slots available. The district has not yet said how slots will be alocated if there is more interest than spots available.

The district is currently estimating the cost at about $2000 but that is not yet a firm price.

If you are interested in attending the Jamboree in 2010, go to the Jamboree website at http://www.bsajamboree.org/ and begin the registration process.

The Jamboree will be close to summer camp and very close to the beginning of school! It may actually bump into the beginning of school but we do not know the calendar for 2010 yet and will not for quite some time.