2005 NATIONAL JAMBOREE

General Information (Links may be dated)

Location and Site

Fort A. P. Hill, located in the rolling hills of Caroline County, Virginia, near the towns of Fredericksburg and Bowling Green is an ideal facility to hold this major national Scout jamboree.

This 76,000-acre U.S. Army facility has served as the permanent site for the national Scout jamboree since 1981. The Boy Scouts of America uses approximately 3,000 acres of land to support a city of more than 40,000 Scouts and leaders.

Jamboree Program

Program features reflect the skills of Scouting, our national heritage, physical fitness, environmental conservation, and the true spirit of Scouting.

Daily activities include archery, bikathlon, buckskin games, confidence course, conservation programs, scuba, kayak fun, racing shell run, and raft encounters.

Regional action centers with rappelling towers are truly popular, as are trap shooting, an American Indian village, and the opening and closing arena shows, not to mention daily stage shows and many other activities. It's Scouting and American history at their very best!

Jamboree Program

The 2005 National Scout Jamboree will attract thousands of Scouts and leaders, and while it won't be the biggest city in Virginia, it will be the fastest growing on your day of arrival—July 25, 2005! Imagine 17,000 tents and 3,500 patrol kitchens popping up in a matter of hours.

Amid the thousands of colorful tents that will house participants and provide program and support services, there is an infrastructure that provides a safe and secure environment at Fort A. P. Hill. Everything from bus and telephone systems to a hospital and first-aid stations, police and fire departments, post offices, food warehouses, a daily newspaper, and retail stores (trading posts) provide all the support and program services needed for an outstanding event.

How Can I Attend

Click here for information, including application forms, and be sure to contact your local council regarding their 2005 Jamboree contingent

Scout Qualifications

Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts must be at least First Class Scouts. They must have completed the sixth grade or be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2005, but not have reached their 18th birthday by August 3, 2005. All Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts must participate in a prejamboree training experience; file a complete Personal Health and Medical Record prior to the prejamboree training; have been active in a troop or team for at least six months prior to July 1, 2005; and be approved by the unit leader and local council.

Scoutmaster and First Assistant Scoutmaster Qualifications

Have served as a Scoutmaster for at least one year during the three-year period prior to July 1, 2005; have completed basic Scoutmaster training; participate in a prejamboree training experience; file a personal health and medical record prior to the prejamboree training; be approved by the local council. (Although not required, Wood Badge and/or Scoutmaster's Key is a desirable qualification.) The Scoutmaster must be able to serve as a role model of physical fitness.

Second Assistant Scoutmaster Qualifications

At least 21 years of age by July 1, 2005, and have served actively in an adult troop leadership position for at least one year during the three-year period prior to July 1, 2005; participate in a prejamboree training experience; file a personal health and medical record prior to the prejamboree training; be approved by the local council.

Third Assistant Scoutmaster Qualifications

At least 18 years of age (but not have reached 21) by August 3, 2005; have served actively in a Scout troop leadership position; participate in a prejamboree training experience; file a personal health and medical record prior to the prejamboree training; be approved by the local council.

Staff Qualifications

It is also possible for individuals, both youth and adults, to attend Jamboree as a staff members. For more information on Jamboree staff, click here.

Costs and Payment Schedules

Participation cost depends on the local council tour, which is developed by each council jamboree committee prior to the jamboree. The cost includes the jamboree fee, travel and tour costs, meals, lodging, unit and patrol equipment, accident and sickness insurance, and the cost of pre-jamboree training.

Contact your local council service center for the specifics of the 2005 National Scout Jamboree

Information courtesy of jamboleader.org.

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