July 19-28, 2023
July 19-28, 2023
July 19-28, 2023
July 19-28, 2023
July 19-28, 2023
July 19-28, 2023

JULY 19-28, 2023.


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 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 18 national Jamborees have been held, the last in 2017.

About National Jamboree

Jamboree is more than a destination. It’s the adventure of lifetime. And there is simply nothing else like it on the planet.
What’s a Jamboree? It’s not camp. National Jamboree is 360-degrees of fun, friends and fellowship with hands-on adventure that takes you places you never thought you’d go and challenge you to try things you never thought you could.
It’s the beginning of your own heroes’ journey that will challenge you to go farther than you ever thought possible. You’ll reach deeper and lift yourself higher to become the best version of yourself.


Besides the Jamboree experience itself, there are many costs that are incurred in preparation for the event. These costs include (but may not be limited to):
⚜ Airfare to and from the east coast
⚜ Luggage fees
⚜ Hotel and security
⚜ Jamboree training, meetings, and other events
⚜ Select jamboree equipment
⚜ Jamboree event fee
⚜ Dedicated Scouting professional and support staff to facilitate and assist in a successful Jamboree experience
⚜ Bus transportation to all tour locations and to and from Jamboree with dedicated bus drivers
⚜ A tour team to organize and facilitate all touring aspects
The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first-come, first-served basis.  Qualifications to attend the National Jamboree include:
⚜ Registered member of a Scout Troop, who has completed the 6th grade, or will be at least 12 years old (but who has not yet reached their 18th birthday by 8/1/2023) and a first class Scout by July 1, 2023. –OR–
⚜ Registered member of a Venture Crew who will be at least 14 years old (but who has not yet reached their 21st birthday by 8/1/2023).
⚜ Must live and abide by the Scout Oath and Law.
⚜ Must abide by the Jamboree Code of Conduct.
At the time of registration, Scouts will be placed in a Jamboree troop/crew that is closest to where you live, unless that troop/crew is full.  If that troop/crew is full the Scout will be placed in the closest available troop/crew.  Each Scout will be a member of a patrol within their unit. Every contingent member will be required to participate in and have the following:
⚜ Monthly troop or crew meetings
⚜ A completed National Jamboree Medical form signed by a licensed physician
⚜ Attend the all-contingent gathering
⚜ Attend an overnight training encampment.
Have all fees paid no later than April 1, 2023


Registration Requirements For Adults:
In order to be considered, please fill out this 2023 National Jamboree Adult Application and email it to Jonathan Arnold at [email protected] by April 30, 2022. Interviews will be held in the weeks following the April 30, 2022 submission deadline. You will be notified by email if you are selected for an interview.
Scout Leader Qualifications
All jamboree Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers and first-, second-, and third-assistant leaders must meet the following requirements:
⚜ Possess a current BSA membership with a Scouts BSA Troop, Venturing Crew, Exploring Post or Sea Scout Ship.
⚜ Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers and first assistant Scoutmasters/Advisors/ Skippers must be at least 21 years old by the first day of the jamboree. • Second assistant Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the jamboree.
⚜ Third assistant Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers must be at least 18 years old by the first day of the jamboree. Councils may select an adult over 21, if necessary. • Scoutmaster/Advisor/Skipper applicants must be currently serving as a Scoutmaster/Advisor/Skipper.
⚜ All Assistant leaders must be currently serving in a unit in an adult leadership position.
⚜ Scoutmaster/Advisor/Skipper applicants must have completed leader-specific training.
⚜ All Adult leaders must file a jamboree personal health and medical record.
All adult leaders must be approved by the local council. Interviews will be held in the weeks following the April 20th submission deadline.
⚜ All adult leaders must submit all registration fees per their local council’s payment schedule.
⚜ BSA Youth Protection Training must be current through the last day of the Jamboree.


2023 Jamboree is $3,000 for participants. Jamboree fees include everything listed above. Other out-of-pocket expenses may include (but are not limited to) additional uniforms, patches, and spending money.
A non-refundable reservation fee of $400.00 must accompany the initial registration. Once you click on the registration button, you will be prompted to “choose participant type”. Once you begin your registration process, you will also be prompted to indicate if you are a male scout, female scout, or approved adult leader.
We highly suggest that regular payments be made, perhaps $300 per month or even quarterly payments. Full payment must be received no later than April 1, 2023 in order for the participant to attend.  The following is the payment schedule for the 2023 National Jamboree (although more may be paid in advance):

Payment Schedule: 

See the registration page for the payment schedule. If you would like to ask about an alternate payment schedule, please reach out to Jonathan Arnold at [email protected].

Jamboree National Application and Scholarship

Scholarship Information