2023 National Jamboree – July 16 - 28, 2023

FORWARD!  Is the theme of the 2023 National Jamboree, Scouting’s one-of-a-kind flagship event. It’s a gathering of tens of thousands of Scouts, leaders, and Jamboree Service Team members that showcases everything that is great about the Boy Scouts of America.  

The Suwannee River Area Council will be sending a contingent Scout Troop to the National Scout Jamboree consisting a total of 40 participants.  The  Jamboree will take place from July 19 – 28, 2023 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.  We will leave a few days early to have some fun as we travel to the Jamboree!

On August 28th we held our initial Jamboree Orientation meeting and the registered scouts in attendance made a lot of progress toward the Jamboree planning.  At our next meeting they will select their Senior Patrol Leader, the youth that will represent them as a part of the planning committee.  They began the process of planning for the patch sets and other memorabilia that will be a part of the Jamboree experience.  They also determined the itinerary for the trip to the Jamboree.  

Our trip will include:

  • July 16 – Board our bus and travel to Atlanta and visit Six Flags over Georgia
  • July 17 – Travel to Oak Ridge, TN and visit the Oak Ridge National Labratory
  • July 17 – Continue on to Pigeon Forge, TN for a tour and dinner at the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
  • July 18 – Travel to Beckley, WV and spend the night before the Jamboree in fellowship with other scouts from all over the country and enjoying a dinner buffet, patch trading and music.
If you’re planning to attend the Jamboree, slots are filling up FAST!  So, make sure to sign up now, so that you won’t miss out on the planning and the FUN!
Young men and women may register and submit their application online through the official National Jamboree website at https://jamboree.scouting.org.   Applicants must have a my.Scouting account with their current BSA membership number linked to the account in order to access the online application. This includes youth participants.  Parents cannot use their personal my.scouting.org account to register their scout(s).  If needed – go to my.scouting.org to create their account. If you need your BSA ID number, please ask your unit leader or committee chair.
Once the registration is submitted and approved, youth and adult leader participants will pay their fees to the SRAC in order to secure your spot (a payment link will be provided upon approval).
Jamboree Fee through October 31: $2,900 – $3,200
Jamboree Fee starting November 1: $3,115 – $3,415
The purpose for the range in the final fee is due to current uncertainty in transportation and fuel prices. See complete fee/payment information below.

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 Scouts BSA troop or Venturing Crew, who will be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree but has not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.

  • Must live and abide by the Scout Oath and Law.

  • Must abide by the Jamboree Code of Conduct.


There is an accommodation for young adult participation up to 21 years of age to attend within a Council Contingent. Qualifications to attend the National Jamboree include:

  • Registered member of a Scouts BSA troop or Venturing Crew, who will be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree but has not reached their 21st birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.

  • Must live and abide by the Scout Oath and Law.

  • Must abide by the Jamboree Code of Conduct.


The Suwannee River Area Council is pleased to announce the selection of Jacob Sanford as our Contingent Leader/Scoutmaster! Jacob is married and has 3 children, both of his sons have earned their Arrow of Light and his younger son is a Life Scout with Troop 23 and plans to join his father for what will be each of their first trips to National Jamboree! Jacob has been involved in Scouting off and on for his entire life. He earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scouts in the Alabama-Florida Council where he became a Life Scout. He served in multiple leadership positions and was on staff at Camp Alaflo. He was inducted into the OA in the Cowikee Lodge and is a Brotherhood member.

As an adult Scouter, Jacob has or currently serves as a Webelos Den Leader, a Merit Badge Counselor, an Assistant Scoutmaster, the Scoutmaster for Troop 23, the OA Troop Adviser for Troop 23, the Communications Adviser for the Semialachee Lodge (OA), the ASM of Quartermasters for NYLT, and the ASM of Communications for NYLT. He has also earned the Order of the Arrow Founders Award and the District Award of Merit. He has served as the University of Scouting Chairman and has helped at numerous other events such as Cub Family Weekend, Tiger Prowl, OA Fellowships, Wallwood Outdoor Weekends, and more. Jacob was in the Bobwhite patrol during the 2019 Woodbadge course and is really excited to be a Troop Guide for this year’s Woodbadge course. Not to mention the Scoutmaster for the 2023 Jamboree!

Jacob is being is being joined by 3 additional scouters from our area, who were recently selected from the pool of highly qualified applicants:

1st Asst Scoutmaster: Bradley Perry from Pack and Troop 118.   Bradley brings a deep base of scouting knowledge to the team over his tenure as a youth and adult member.  He has participated and led High Adventure trips in both his youth days, as well as his adult tenure.  He will be the Jacob’s “second in command” and will be advising our ASPL!

2nd Asst Scoutmaster: Thomas Smith from Troop 115.  Thomas is the current “Scoutmaster elect” for his troop.  He brings over 10 years experience in scouting to the team and a welath of knowledge planning and coordinating trips for scouting groups.   Thomas will be advising our logistics team and  Troop Quartermaster.

3rd Asst Scoutmaster: Heather Rosenberg from Pack and Troop 23.  Heather comes to us with a vast array of experience working with youth in general and a strong base of knowledge in working with youth from multiple units.  Heather will be our communications liaison and will be advising out Troop Scribe.

There may still be openings for more adults to attend the Jamboree.   Our committee is looking at the options for more adult participation now.  Note to parents: All adult participants/leadership registering for the SRAC contingent are background checked by the BSA and screened and approved by council’s Jamboree committee. 



Jamboree Committee Chair: Ken Griffin

Jamboree Contingent Leader: Jacob Sanford

Jamboree Staff Adviser: Terry Whitaker

Questions? Please contact Terry.Whitaker@scouting.org or 850 576-4146

2023 Jamboree Fee and Payment Schedule

For those signed up and approved by October 31st (Payment plan on/after November 1st is TBD!)

Jamboree Fee: $2,900 – $3,200 (The purpose for the range in the final fee is due to current uncertainty in transportation and fuel prices)

Price includes the National Jamboree fee, Bus Transportation, Fun Activities along the way, Pre-jamboree training, Hotel while traveling, Food, Swag Bag with patches and goodies, fun and excitement.  Not to mention, the Once-In-A-Life-Time experience that a BSA National Jamboree offers!

Upon receiving an approval e-mail notification from the SRAC Jamboree Committee, a minimum deposit of $500 is due with the option to pay the complete base fee of $2,900 in order to secure your spot and obtain final approval.  If your application is submitted After the August 12 deposit deadline, you will need to pay the total of the payments listed below, based on the current date. i.e. If today is September 1, 2022, the minimum that must be paid is $1,100 to catch up to the payment schedule.

$500 deposit due upon approval of application and by August 12, 2022
Next $300 due (total $800) by August 26, 2022
Next $300 due (total $1,100) by September 10, 2022
Next $300 due (total $1,400) by September 30, 2022
Next $300 due (total $1,700) by October 31, 2022
Next $300 due (total $2,000) by November 30, 2022
Next $300 due (total $2,300) by December 31, 2022
Next $300 due (total $2,600) by January 31, 2023
Next $300 due (total $2,900) by February 28, 2023

$2,900 Total of payments

A final payment of $0-$300 will be due by March 31.  Our goal is to determine the amount of that payment, if needed, by December 2022.