"Live Scouting's Adventure" is the theme of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mt. Hope, W.Va.
"The new jamboree theme reinforces one of the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s purposes of helping to redefine Scouting’s adventure for the next century. Participants of the 2017 National Jamboree will experience that difference every day they are here," said Dan McCarthy, director of the Boy Scouts of America Summit Group, in a BSA release.
The 2017 jamboree will be the second held at the 10,600-acre Summit. While the 2013 emblem was rectangular and featured artwork showcasing the New River Gorge and other scenery of the jamboree site, the new, cleaner logo retains only the silhouetted figure of a rock climbing Scout. The circular design adds a U.S. flag.
Don't let the simpler design suggest the BSA hasn't been adding to jamboree site since 2013.
The Summit "is a permanent jamboree home, meaning the BSA got to build the ultimate playground for Scouts and Venturers," writes Bryan Wendell, the senior editor of Scouting and Eagles' Call magazines. "I’m talking 5 miles of zip lines and challenge courses, 36 miles of mountain bike trails, 13 acres of shooting sports ranges, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, skateboarding, BMX and so much more."
The 2017 jamboree welcomes youth active in Boy Scouting and Venturing (a co-educational Scouting program) as well as adult volunteers.
Registration for youth and adult participants will be available in May 2015. Prospective staff members can express interest now at bsajamboree.org and will begin registering in April 2015.
The first jamboree was held in Washington, D.C., in 1937, where Jamboree Today was first published. The BSA's release says the jamboree program "has become the BSA’s most iconic event, providing Scouts from all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures an opportunity to gather together and celebrate Scouting and the experiences they will remember throughout their lifetimes."