National Jamboree

2010 National Scout Jamboree

One-hundred years of Scouting will come to life at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, July 26–Aug. 4, 2010. Approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff from all 50 states, territories, and foreign countries will have the opportunity to live, work, and play together in an atmosphere of Scouting fellowship. The setting for the quadrennial jamboree is Fort A.P. Hill, near Bowling Green, Va.

Most Scouts visit areas close to Fort A.P. Hill before or after attending the National Scout Jamboree. Popular visiting sites have been Washington, D.C.; New York City; Williamsburg, Va., to visit the Jamestown Settlement; and various Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields. The United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis are also popular sites.

Many units are having a special recognition to mark the 100tha Anniversary. During the closing arena show will be unlike any other jamboree arena show in history. It will be big, bold, interactive, and unforgettable! You won’t want to miss it! Plans are to Webcast the show, allowing anyone with Internet access to virtually join in this huge celebration.


The first Boy Scouts of America National 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 due to a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first Jamboree was finally held in 1937, 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 some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, 16 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2005.

The Future

The Boy Scouts of America has announced it is expanding its search to find a permanent home for the Boy Scouts National Scout Jamboree. Through the years, national jamborees—which typically take place every four years—have attracted more than 200,000 visitors per event.

The permanent site will offer high-adventure experiences and leadership development training year-round, as well as potentially host future World Scout Jamborees.

To find out more about the Boy Scouts of America's 2010 Jamboree, visit the Jamboree website at



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