1960’s National Jamborees 1970’s National Scout Jamborees

National Jamborees:

1960: 5th, 7/22-7/28, 56,377, Colorado Springs, CO, attended by 56.377 Scouts

1964: 6th, 7/17-7/23, 50,960, Valley Forge, PA, attended by 50,960 Scouts

1969: 7th, 7/16-7/16, 34,251, Farragut State Park, Idaho, attended by 34,251 Scouts

National Scout Jamborees:

1973: 8th, 8/1-8/8 & 8/3-9, 73,610 – Farragut State Park, ID and Moraine State Park, PA, attended by 73,610 Combined

1977: 9th, 8/3-8/9, 28,601, Moraine State Park, PA, attended by 28,601

What is a National Jamboree

The National Scout jamboree is a gathering, or jamboree, of thousands of members of the Boy Scouts of America, held every four years and organized by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Referred to as “the Jamboree”, “Jambo”, or NSJ, Scouts from all over the nation and world have the opportunity to attend. They are considered to be one of several unique experiences that the Boy Scouts of America offers. The first jamboree was scheduled to be held in 1935 in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting, but was delayed two years after being cancelled due to a polio outbreak. The 1937 jamboree in Washington attracted 25,000 Scouts, who camped around the Washington Monument and Tidal Basin. The event was covered extensively by national media and attended by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

World War II

Following the disruption of World War II, the next jamboree was not held until 1950 in Valley ForgePennsylvania.  Subsequent jamborees have been held around the country as a means to promoting Scouting nationally. From 1981 to 2010, the jamboree was located in Fort A.P. HillVirginia. Since 2013, jamborees are permanently held at The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia.

U.S. President Roosevelt in a national radio address for the 1937 national Scout jamboree

A jamboree is held for approximately a week and a half and offers many activities for youth participants and the 300,000 members of the general public who visit it. Staff members generally arrive several days in advance, and depart several days after participants leave, depending on their assignments. Subcamp staff stay in the subcamps with the troops, while other staff stay in the staff camp.


Like the Boy Scouts of America’s national organization, the jamboree were originally divided into regions—WesternCentralSouthern, and Northeast. Each region was made up of five to six subcamps, with twenty in all. Each subcamp has its own latrines, shower facilities, food commissaries.