National Jamboree 2017

Postponed: 2021 National Jamboree

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2021 Jamboree Cancelled

The Boy Scouts of America postpones the 2021 National Scout Jamboree.


Last Minute Jambo Vacancies

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From Jay Soucy, Council Training Director, on July 7, 2017:

2017 National Jamboree last minute vacancy
The Council’s Jamboree Committee is reaching out to you at this time because there have been a few scouts that have recently needed to drop out of the National Jamboree council contingent. That leaves unexpected spots still available for interested scouts!
Anyone interested in attending the 2017 National Jamboree but you didn’t get signed up? You’re in luck but you had better hurry!
The Scouts:
·         MUST be at least a First Class Scout.
·         MUST be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree or an 11 year old that has graduated the 6th grade, but has not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.
They can start the on line registration at
Please contact Jay Soucy to secure their Jamboree space. At this time we will talk about an alternate payment plan for the Jamboree trip fee.
Jay Soucy  |  Training Director

Day Trip to National Jamboree

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Dear North Star Volunteer,

The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Scouts and Scouters from the Boy Scouts of America and from other Scouting organizations across the world.  The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve serves as the National Jamboree’s permanent home and is a little over 6 hours away from Indianapolis.  The Jamboree is open to day visitors with access to the Summit Center – the hub of Jamboree activity and is home to the stadium shows, the military exhibits, conservation trail, Disabilities Awareness Area, Sustainability Treehouse, merit badges, and a wide variety of other exhibits and displays.  Observers and participants can see all the above listed items and visit the main retail store, purchase retail food items, and experience Brownsea Island.stadium-aerial

I am reaching out to you today to see if you would be interested in attending a Day Visit to the National Jamboree on Sunday, July 23rd.  We will coordinate a bus trip from Camp Belzer for $125 which includes breakfast and dinner on the bus and your day pass to the Jamboree.

Registration is available for this opportunity by clicking here.  Please note: if we aren’t able to fill the bus we will refund all fees paid and try to coordinate other travel arrangements for those interested.

If you have any questions please contact me or Program Assistant, Sherry Webb 317- 813-7117.


National Jamboree Preparations

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How many of your scouts or venturers are participating in the quadrennial National Jamboree at the Summit, Bechtel Scout Reservation, West Virginia?

One item to add to the scout’s toolkit is the Jamboree App. The Summit is a Wi-Fi friendly zone. Scouts are encouraged to use the system for many purposes.

BSAJamboree_May2015_headerMake sure you download the app before you go, so you can use it at arrival!

National Jamboree 2017 Rally : 5 Days and Counting

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stadium-aerialAs noted here before, Council is holding a National Jamboree 2017 Rally this weekend at the Scout Center. Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 pm.

Encourage all of your scouts to attend.

Council’s “Jamboree Troops” allow only 32 scouts per troop.We have a limited number of troops. That means that likely these troops will be full by May 2015.

Plan early. Meet some of the Council’s scoutmasters and see what is a good fit for your scout.

National Jamboree Rally:This Saturday

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As noted earlier on this website, Crossroads of America Council will hold a rally to encourage enrollment in National Jamboree.

The Rally will be held at the Scout Center on Sunstadium-aerialday, March 13 at 2:00 pm.

The National Jamboree will take place in July 2017 at Bechtel Scout Reservation in West Virginia.

Encourage your scout and venturers to attend the rally, even if they do not have an initial interest.

If you cannot make the Rally, please let us know. We can arrange to have  a Jamboree Scoutmaster attend your troop meeting. (The Rally will be better for building excitement.)

Hope to see you at the Rally.

Jamboree 2017 Rally

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On Sunday, March 13, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Council is holding a National Jamboree Rally. It is essentially an informational meeting about National Jamboree.

Jamboree will be from July 19 to 28, 2017 at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

Sign up is already open.

To be eligible a scout must be 12 years old (or 11 years old and graduated from sixth grade) and a First Class Scout.

This means that current Arrow of Light Webelos are eligible to participate in 2017.

Make sure that all Scout Troops and Arrow of Light Webelos Dens are made aware of the call out meeting.stadium-aerial

REMINDER: Roundtable Thursday

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Just a quick reminder, our new Roundtable schedule has us meeting on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month at 6:30 pm at ST LUKE’S United Methodist Church.

We are currently confirming the room assignment. Watch this post for updates.  We will be meeting in Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the northeast corner of campus.

National Jamboree Presentation

This week we will have a general session on news from around the District and a presentation on the 2017 National Jamboree from one of the Council’s Jamboree Scoutmasters Michael Thyen.  I met Mike this year when he served as my Wood Badge Troop Guide. For nearly 20 years, Mike has served continuously as the founding Scoutmaster of Del-Mi’s Troop 202 at St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel.  Troop 202 is one of the largest and most successful troops in Del-Mi. He has attended National Jamborees before.

Please do not hesitate to bring your PLC members to the Roundtable to meet Mike and ask questions.

Mike’s presentation will be open to all scouters regardless whether serving in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturing. The reason for this is that National Jamborees come around every 4 years. All scouters should be familiar with the program as part of the long term goal of keeping scouts of all ages engaged in scouting and dreaming of their future scouting experiences.

Cub Scout Leaders are welcome to serve on staff of a National Jamboree contingent or on the camp staff.

The National Jamboree will be held at its new permanent home at Bechtel Scout Reservation in West Virginia.

In addition, the BSA with Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México, A.C. will be co-hosting the 2019 World Jamboree at Bechtel Scout Reservation in West Virginia.

Break Out Sessions

Boy Scouts

North Star District Advancement Coordinator for Boy Scouts Jim Beck, Scoutmaster of Zionsville’s Troop 358, will be leading a break out session on the Boy Scout Advancement and brainstorming ideas on how to promote advancement in the District.

Here is a link that you might want to look at in preparation for the conversation.

Cub Scouts

District Commissioner Jeff Heck will be leading a discussion on how Blue and Gold banquet planning and cross-over ceremonies for Cub Scouts are critical for creating excitement for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Scouts as well as completing a successful transition from Webelos to Scouts.