2021 National Scout Jamboree

A National Scout Jamboree is a once-in-a-lifetime event!. Approximately 30,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff will experience everything that is great about the BSA at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Glen Jean, WV. Held every four years, the National Scout Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for participants, volunteers, and visitors to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place. Features include; one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world-class skateboard park, ATV courses, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, patch trading, stadium shows, and much more!


The first BSA National Scout 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. When the first jamboree was finally held in 1937, BSA Co-Founder 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, including 123 from the East Carolina Council. Since that time, an additional 18 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2017.


East Carolina Council organizes a Council Contingent to attend each National Scout Jamboree. The Contingent consists of 2 or 3 units, comprised each of 36 youth and 4 adult leaders, and ships / crews in increments of 8 youth and 2 adults. This year units will include Male Troops, Female Troops, Sea Scout Ships, and Venture Crews. 

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):

  • Bus ride from eastern North Carolina, to the jamboree, and back
  • Meals on the bus to and from the jamboree
  • Jamboree training and meetings
  • Jamboree gear, including all troop/crew specific gear (flags, unit numerals, water bottle, hats, 3 ECC jamboree t-shirts, jamboree backpack, jamboree duffle bag, 2 official jamboree patches, 2 ECC jamboree trading patch sets and position patches)
  • 9 days at the jamboree
  • Dedicated support staff to facilitate and assist in a successful jamboree experience


The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Qualifications to attend the National Scout Jamboree include:

  • Registered member of a Scout Troop, who will be at least 13 years old by 7/21/2021 (but not yet 18 by 7/31/2021) and a First Class Scout. – OR –
  • Registered member of a Venture Crew. – OR –
  • Registered member of a Sea Scout Ship and Apprentice rank
  • Must live and abide by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Must abide by the Jamboree Code of Conduct.

In late 2020, East Carolina Council Scouts will be placed in a Jamboree troop/crew/ship that is closest to where he / she lives, unless that troop/crew is full.  If that troop/crew is full the Scout will be placed in the closest available troop/crew/ship.  Each Scout will be a member of a patrol within their unit.

Complete your Jamboree youth application by clicking here



Deadline for adult leadership applications is November 30, 2019.

All Jamboree Scoutmasters / Skipper / Crew Advisor, First, Second, and Third Scoutmasters / Mates, Associate Advisors MUST meet the following requirements:

  • MUST have a current BSA membership with a Scouts BSA Troop, Sea Scout Ship, Venture Crew.
  • Scoutmasters, First and Second Assistant Scoutmasters MUST be at least 21 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree.
  • Third Assistant Scoutmasters MUST be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree.
  • Be approved by the ECC 2021 National Jamboree Committee.
  • Scoutmaster / Skipper / Advisor applicants MUST be currently serving, or have previously served, in that position for a period of at least two years within the past five years.
  • First, Second or Third Assistant Scoutmasters / Mates / Associate Advisors MUST currently be serving in any adult troop, ship, crew leadership position.
  • Scoutmaster / Skipper / Advisor applicants MUST have completed leader specific training.
  • All adult leaders MUST complete Youth Protection Training within one year of the last day of the Jamboree.
  • Meet the medical and BMI requirements of the Jamboree.
  • Participate and assist in planning the pre-Jamboree training experience.
  • Submitted BSA Annual Health & Medical Record using the on-line Jamboree submission process. The AHMR must be dated on or after July 1, 2020.
  • Submit all registrations fees per the council’s payment schedule.

Complete your Jamboree adult leader application by clicking here


The East Carolina Council 2021 Jamboree contingent fee is $1,600. Jamboree fees include everything listed above. Other out-of-pocket expenses may include (but are not limited to) additional uniforms, patches, and spending money.  Every contingent member and leader is required to have all fees paid no later than March 15, 2021.

A non-refundable reservation fee of $200 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 which type of unit you would prefer to be in: Male Troop, Female Troop, Sea Scout Ship, or Venture Crew.

We highly suggest that regular payments be made, perhaps $100 per month or even quarterly payments. Full payment must be received no later than March 15, 2021 in order for the participant to attend.  The following is the payment schedule for the 2021 National Jamboree (although more may be paid in advance):

Payment Schedule: 

  • $200 non-refundable per youth and adult at time of registration
  • $175 ($375 total) by 1/15/2020
  • $175 ($550 total) by 3/15/2020
  • $175 ($725 total) by 5/15/2020
  • $175 ($900 total) by 7/15/2020
  • $175 ($1,075 total) by 9/15/2020
  • $175 ($1,250 total) by 11/15/2020
  • $175 ($1,425 total) by 1/15/2021
  • $175 ($1,600 total) by 3/15/2021

Any Scout or leader registering late must make up payments to match the payment schedule within 30 days of registering.


Refund Policy

Most of the fees are actually spent before the jamboree.  If for some reason a participant is unable to attend, a refund may be considered minus the non-refundable amount outlined below. Request must be made in writing stating the reason. Requests must be submitted to East Carolina Council office by departure date.  Refund request policy is noted below:

  • Request received by June 30, 2020 – all fees minus $200.00 deposit will be returned.
  • Request received by Sept 1, 2020—all fees minus $900.00 will be returned.
  • Request received by Jan 1, 2021—all fees minus $1,425.00 (*) will be returned.
  • Request received after Feb 1, 2021—no refunds (*) unless extenuating circumstances outlined below. 
    • Other extenuating circumstances, such as a death in the family will certainly be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. All but deposit will be refunded due to extenuating circumstances.
    • Request for refunds involving unexpected sickness or injury will be honored.
    • Request received for “no-shows” or change of mind will not be honored
    • Refunds are processed from the BSA and will be sent to the Scout’s family.
  • (*) There may be an opportunity to swap places if there is a waiting list of available Scouts, a full refund minus the $200 deposit will be approved.