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Join us for Jamboree this summer!

The Northeast Illinois Council is sending 4 Troops and 1 Venture Crew to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve this summer.  The NEIC contingent will depart on July 18th and return on July 29th. We have scheduled a visit to the  National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force on the way there and a rafting trip on the New River with ACE Adventure center on the way back.  The Registration for this year’s National Jamboree is still open! If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to sign up for this unforgettable experience! Fill out the appropriate application and bring it in to the council office or email it to Quinn.

UPDATE:  We have 10 slots open for our Venture Crew to attend the Jamboree!  Age requirement to attend with the Crew is 14 years old by July 18th OR 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade.  Troops are full but still accepting applications for the wait list.  Campership awards ARE available.  Don’t miss this opportunity!

Youth Application

Adult Application

2017 Jamboree Logo and Theme

Council Payment Schedule

Contact Quinn Ryan for full payment information.


Jamboree Administration is coordinated through the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Council Contingents are administered by local councils. Each council designates a Jamboree coordinator through which communications with Jamboree Administration are conducted. A key component of the Jamboree coordination between Jamboree Administration and local councils revolves around the payment of council contingent fees.

Individual fees for Council Contingent members as well as deposit requirements and fee payment schedules are set by local councils. The fees council’s charge consists of:

  • The national fee set by Jamboree Administration: The national fee covers the expense of program materials, food, insurance, and equipment, as well as the use of a tent, cot, dining shelters, stoves, fuel, and cooking utensils during your adventure at the Jamboree. (The national fee also includes a “Jambo 17 Kit,” the contents of which will be announced at a later date.)
  • Local council fees for such things as transportation and touring.

All questions/concerns regarding the fees of an individual member of a council contingent should be addressed to the local council Jamboree Coordinator.

Registration of a council’s contingent begins with the submission of a council commitment to Jamboree Administration. During the initial portion of the commitment period, councils are given maximum latitude to “adjust” their commitment numbers. At a specified date, councils are requested to “lock in” their commitment by making payments against that commitment. This policy outlines that process for the 2017 National Jamboree.


Terms and Conditions Waiver

I (we) approve and agree to all the terms and conditions of this application and certify that the applicant meets the health and physical fitness requirements of the Jamboree.

This application includes my request for personal accident insurance to be purchased on my behalf.  This policy is excess to any other available source of medical benefits.  The cost of this insurance is included in the Jamboree fee.  It is understood that payment of claims by the insurance company is contingent upon prompt reporting of claims, in any, by the participant.

I understand that the Jamboree will be covered by news, media, moviemaking, and broadcasting companies, and I hereby consent to the use of my voice and/or photograph in the news coverage, moviemaking, or similar projects approved by the Boy Scouts of America without compensation and I further agree to release and hold the Boy Scouts of America harmless for any and all claims and liability with regard to such use.

In consideration of the benefits to be derived from the participation in the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, any and all claims against the Boy Scouts of America or its local council, the United States of America, state of West Virginia, or any of the officers, employees, agents, or other representatives of any of them, or any other persons working under their direction or engaged in the conduct of their affairs, arising out of any accident, illness, injury, damage, or loss or harm to or incurred or suffered by the applicant named above or to his property, in connection with or incidental to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, including preliminary training and travel, are hereby expressly waived by the parents and the applicant.

The Rocks is a premier man-made rock climbing venue at The Summit in West Virginia

Be Prepared! Physical Fitness and Health

Physical Fitness

The National Jamboree is a physically demanding experience. While a lot of the site is level, there are regular changes in grade as part of everyone’s daily schedule. A number of our activities require more stamina and fitness too—think climbing, rappelling, rafting, mountain biking, and skateboarding. It is essential that all participants and staff are prepared for their Jamboree experience.

Obesity and being overweight have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems: hypertension, heart attack, dyslipidemia, and stroke. Anyone who is obese and has multiple risk factors for cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary disease would be at much greater risk of an acute cardiovascular/ cardiopulmonary event imposed on them by the environmental stresses of The Summit. Our goal is to prevent any serious health-related event from occurring, and ensuring that all of our participants and staff are “physically strong.”

The Centers for Disease Control is the national body that monitors our overall health as a country, and it makes recommendations to help us stay or become healthy. The CDC suggests using a body mass index as a screening tool for obesity; it is easy and only requires knowing your height and weight. The BMI is a governmental calculation based on nationwide statistics that take into account variables that include geography, age, and sex. The simple online calculator to determine your BMI can be found at

The CDC defines the BMI Healthy Weight as follows:

  • If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the “underweight” range.
  • If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, it falls within the “normal” or Healthy Weight range.
  • If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the “overweight” range.
  • If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the “obese” range.

We know the BMI is just one of the factors to be considered, and we will take those other” co-morbidities” into account as we make our decisions about an individual’s inclusion in the Jamboree. BSA high-adventure bases have established physical guidelines/restrictions appropriate to their activities. The National Jamboree at The Summit has some high-adventure elements but is not a 24/7 high-adventure experience, so we have established our criteria accordingly. It is the policy of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree that:

The National Jamboree will uphold a decision by an applicant’s personal healthcare practitioner to deny participation for medical reasons.

The National Jamboree will accept for participation applicants that are recommended for participation by their healthcare practitioner and have a BMI of 31.9 or less.

The Jamboree Medical Staff will review all applicants with a BMI of 32.0–39.9 and consider Jamboree participation based on 1) health history, 2) submitted health data, and 3) recommendation of the applicant’s personal health care provider. For applicants with a BMI >31.9, the applicant must have BOTH clearances from their personal health care provider as well as the Jamboree medical staff. The Jamboree medical staff will have the final authority to approve full Jamboree participation.

Applicants with one or more of the following risk factors may be requested to provide further documentation, including cardiac testing, pulmonary testing, or further information from their physician* to ensure the applicant’s ability to participate.

  • Hypertension
  • Tobacco Use
  • Prior heart attack
  • Coronary artery surgery
  • Sleep apnea requiring CPAP or BiPAP
  • Family history of premature (before age 55) coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Coronary angioplasty/stent
  • COPD
  • Prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)

*Jamboree Medical Services will provide specific instructions to the practitioner to determine eligibility.
The National Jamboree cannot accept for participation any applicant with a BMI of 40.0 or higher.


The current Guide to Safe Scouting states:

“Adult leaders should support the attitude that they, as well as youths, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants.”

Accordingly, it is the policy of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree that:

Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all National Jamboree buildings, tents, and vehicles. While in BSA uniform and/or on duty, smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco is not permitted.

The use of tobacco by visitors or off-duty non-uniformed staff or leaders will be restricted to designated areas.


The current Guide to Safe Scouting states:

The following statement was approved by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America:

“It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.”

Accordingly, it is the policy of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree that:

Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are not permitted at the national Jamboree.


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