2023 National Jamboree – July 19 - 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!

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.  Once the registration is submitted and approved, youth and adult leader participants will pay their fees to the SRAC.

Note: Final fees and payment schedule are still To Be Determined (TBD) and will be announced soon. However for planning purposes, we estimate the total National Jamboree participation fee to be $2,500.00-$3,000.00. We will have a local payment site online soon. Once your registration is approved, you will be directed to the local payment site and a total deposit of $500.00 will be due by June 15th, to hold your spot. 

YOUTH PARTICIPANTS

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.

YOUNG ADULT PARTICIPANTS

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.

ADULT LEADERSHIP

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 kids, 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 scoutes 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 6, 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 will be screened and approved by council’s Jamboree committee. 

https://jamboree.scouting.org

 

When: July 19 – July 28, 2023

Where: Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, WV

Cost: Approx $2,500.00-$3,000.00 (Cost includes registration fee, travel & cool SWAG, such as patches, gear, etc.)

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

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