National Scout Jamboree FAQs:
1. When and where is the 2021 National Scout Jamboree?
The NSJ is July 21-30, 2021, and Summit Bechtel Scout Reservation in West Virginia
2. How many units is the NCAC sending to Jamboree?
The NCAC has committed to sending 10 Contingent Units: 2 Venture Crews, 1 Girl Troop, 7 Boy Troops.
3. Is there an age limit?
Youth participants for a Troop must be at least 12 years old (or 11 and completed 6th grade). Crew participants must be at least 14. There is no rank requirement, though it is recommended to be at least a First Class Scout or equivalent.
4. Will all of my Scouts be together in the same unit?
There is a limit of 8 Scouts from a home unit assigned to a contingent unit. If a unit sends 10 Scouts they should expect to be in two different contingent units. NCAC units typically camp in the same general area and though they may have different schedules for some activities, Scouts will still have plenty of time to see friends in our units and do things with them during the Jamboree.
5. Will my adult leaders be with my Scouts in the same unit?
This depends on the number of adults selected from your home unit. Each contingent unit has a Scoutmaster and three Assistant Scoutmasters. The ASM3 position is reserved for a young adult (18-21 yo). Adults (including Young Adults) must register through the National website then submit an Adult Leader Survey to Eric Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). All Adult candidates are interviewed prior to being selected to lead a Contingent Unit in the NCAC. Adult leaders will be selected in July 2020.
6. How much does it cost?
The NCAC Contingent cost for Jamboree is estimated to be $1,500 per participant. This cost includes the Jamboree, round trip transportation to Summit Bechtel Reserve, a duffle bag, patches, and some other items. Participants should plan to pay $200 per person at registration. There will be a payment schedule spread over the next eight months.
7. I can’t afford $1,500, but I want to attend the Jamboree. Are Camperships available?
YES! Youth are eligible for Camperships that can cover up to 50% of the cost of Jamboree. Those wanting to apply for a Campership will need to submit an application. Campership details will be available on the NCAC website by July 1.
8. I’ve been to Jamboree as a participant in the past. What if I want to be on Staff at Jamboree?
Those wishing to serve on Staff must apply on the National site through the Service Team link. Staff are selected by National. Anyone going to Jamboree will need to provide their own transportation. Staff are typically expected to arrive at SBR early and stay an extra day to set up and clean up. Staff dates are July 17-31, 2021.
9. I’m in the Order of the Arrow. What is Operation Arrow?
Operation Arrow is a Service Team made up of Arrowmen from around the country. You must be at least 16 to participate in Operation Arrow. Arrowmen wanting to participate in Operation Arrow should register as Staff through the National site. Cost for Operation Arrow is $450 (16-25yo) and $895 (25+). Visit the OA website for more details: https://oa-bsa.org/jamboree/
10. Where can I get more information?
Information is posted at least once a month on the WeOwnAdventure website and in the digital issue of Scouter’s Digest. There is also some information on the NCAC website. And, of course, the National Site.
11. Will someone come talk to my unit about Jamboree?
Yes! All you need to do is ask. We can talk to your unit, in-person or virtually, about Jamboree. We have a team of youth and adult Ambassadors ready to help spread the word.
12. Is there any promotional material I can share?
Yes! There is information available on the National site, the NCAC website as well as on WeOwnAdventure.com. You can also get materials here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aw96-bZOJMko0Mini5kcJWszuOy-R8ZA?usp=sharing