By Darryl Alder
Jul 19, 2017

National Scout Jamboree Offers Advancement Opportunities

Today nearly 24,000 Scouts and Venturers will arrive at the Bechtel Summit Reserve for the 17th National Jamboree. Our blogging team arrives there tomorrow and you can follow our stories at voiceofscouting.org. But for now, know that excitement is in the air as Scouts are unpacking for the adventure of a lifetime. As part of their preparation, Scouts have been advised that advancement opportunities will include merit badges and service projects. 

Messengers of Peace Day of Service

Scouts will travel off-site for a day of service in one of ten counties surrounding the Summit. Those who have their home troop Scoutmaster’s permission, may use this day of service to fulfill the Star or Life service requirement.

Previous national jamborees have had one central Merit Badge Midway. At the Summit, however, merit badge booths will be in a number of different locations, and boys can earn “partials” for some merit badges at adventure areas like scuba, swimming, shooting, archery and so many more.

Coast Guard teach Search and Rescue Merit Badge

While jamboree Scouts will be participating in many activities unique to the site, those who wish to fulfill merit badge requirements need to have signed merit badge blue cards with them. To assist Scouts returning from the jamboree, there are a number of things Scout committees can do to help tie up advancement loose ends:

  • Check with returning Scouts to be aware of the service projects completed so they can apply that service to rank advancement.
  • Scouts may be returning with partial merit badge completions. Scout leaders need to be ready to recommend local resources for completion.
  • Scoutmasters should also be ready for the new merit badges that Scouts became interested in and will want to earn.
  • Check with returning Scouts in a pro-active way to make sure none of their advancement gets “lost.”
  • Update records through Internet Advancement.

By working Scouters can help ensure each Scout’s Summit experience remains a “mountain top” memory long after he returns. Isn’t that what we’re all about?

Adapted from Scouting News June/July 2013


Author:Darryl Alder |  Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council

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