By Michelle Carpenter
Jan 21, 2017

Why Boys Want to Go to Jamboree 2017

Saturday, January 14th, a large group of leaders and youth from across Utah clamored into a LDS church building. They grabbed muffins and juice. They scribbled notes during classes and asked questions. They collaborated on details for a Scouting event still nearly six months away–Jamboree 2017.

According to Wikipedia, “The national Scout jamboree is a gathering, or jamboree, of thousands of members of the Boy Scouts of America, usually held every four years and organized by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.”

Six months may seem like a long time for the enthusiastic youngsters and their committed leaders to wait for the event. But, some have already been preparing for Jamboree 2017 for over two years.

The reason? Jamboree is worth preparing for.

Jordan Durtschi, a thirteen-year-old from Ephraim, has done a lot in the past months to get ready for Jamboree.

He’s completed odd jobs to earn money for the $2,995 cost. He’s also attended Jamboree meetings to stay updated. Last Saturday, he came with others to the classes to receive training.

He has some fears about going too. For instance, he’s afraid about the plane ride. But, his fear of flying in an airplane hasn’t stopped his efforts– or his enthusiasm.

“The tour before is going to be awesome,” said Durtschi.

He’s  eager to visit the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York and to go the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. He also hopes he will be able to grow as he leads others. He wants to gain more responsibility as he tries to think of solutions to problems.

Alec Goodric, a thirteen-year-old from Vernal, Utah, said he first became excited about Jamboree after talking with his dad.

His dad told him stories about his own Jamboree experiences. Then, he started to hear things that made him think Jamboree 2017 would be even more exciting. He’s eager to participate in scuba diving, mountain biking, and shooting.

He’s also excited about going on the tour and visiting American and LDS history sites. He hasn’t been to any of the locations before, so it will all be new for him.

“I’m hoping it will be a big testimony builder,” said Goodric.

Thousands of boys have attended and will attend the BSA’s National Jamboree. This year, around 40,000 youth will make the trek. Want to accrue memories, talent, and spiritual/intellectual knowledge? Then, come to Jamboree 2017!  A limited amount of spots are still open. Contact michelle.carpenter@scouting.org to register now.

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