LIVE SCOUTING’S ADVENTURE AT THE 2017 NATIONAL SCOUT JAMBOREE
MOUNT HOPE, West Virginia (November 6, 2014) – Today, the Boy Scouts of America announced the official theme and logo for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, a celebration of Scouting held every four years for Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff from across the nation.
The 2017 theme, “Live Scouting’s Adventure,” speaks both to Scouting’s century-old tradition of creating adventures that develop young people into the leaders of tomorrow and to the developing adventures of the next century of Scouting.
The “Live Scouting’s Adventure” theme and logo symbolize the adventurous spirit and exciting high-adventure and outdoor opportunities available to youth and adult members in the Scouting program.
“We know that our members live Scouting’s adventure every day by pursuing challenging and diverse experiences,” said Ralph de la Vega, chairman of the All Markets Initiatives Committee and the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. “We’re proud to provide these outdoor opportunities to our youth members, who often do not experience these activities anywhere else.”
This will be the second jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia’s adventure sports region known as the New River Gorge. Located on a sprawling 10,600 acres, the property includes more than 5 miles of zip line and challenge courses, 36 miles of mountain bike trails, and 13 acres of shooting sports ranges, as well as venues for kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, skateboarding, BMX, and various other activities. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree welcomed approximately 30,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff.
“The new jamboree theme reinforces one of the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s purposes of helping to redefine Scouting’s adventure for the next century. Participants of the 2017 National Jamboree will experience that difference every day they are here,” said Dan McCarthy, director of the Boy Scouts of America Summit Group. “Our goal is to give as many Scouts and Venturers as possible a chance to participate in this truly life-changing experience at this unique facility.”
Since the first jamboree was held in 1937, it has become the BSA’s most iconic event, providing Scouts from all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures an opportunity to gather together and celebrate Scouting and the experiences they will remember throughout their lifetimes. This flagship event showcases the essence of Scouting and the rich tradition of the organization’s values.
The jamboree is open to active youth members and adult volunteer leaders in BSA programs and will be held July 19-28, 2017. Staff members will be able to register for the jamboree in April 2015, while registration for youth and adult participants will open in May 2015. To learn more about the 2017 National Scout Jamboree and the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, please visit www.bsajamboree.org or https://summit.scouting.org.