National Jamboree

2021 National Scout Jamboree

July 2021 is Scouting’s next grand adventure, the 2021 National Jamboree. This is a gathering time for nearly 40,000 Scouts and Scouters showcasing everything that is great about Boy Scouts of America. Held every four years at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in southern West Virginia, the National Jamboree provides an amazing opportunity for participants and visitors alike to experience the best Scouting has to offer.  Adventures include one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world class skate park, ATV offerings, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, shooting sports, all types of aquatics including white water rafting, stadium shows, and much, much more.  The National Jamboree began in 1937 when 27,000 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Memorial.  2021 will be the 19th National Jamboree.


For each National Jamboree, Mid-Iowa Council puts together a contingent to represent Scouting in Mid-Iowa Council. For 2021 our contingents will consist of two Male troops, one Female troop three quarters of a Venture Crew, a total of 150 people from throughout the 27 counties that our council serves.  Each unit consists of 36 youth and 4 adult leaders with the exception of the Venturing unit which consists of 28 youth and 3 adult leaders.  The other 8 youth and 1 adult leader will come from a foreign country, thus providing our Venture Scouts with a true international experience. 

The Mid-Iowa Council 2021 Jamboree adventure will consist of a 14-day tour which will include 4 intensive days of touring and 10 days at the National Jamboree.  This will begin very early Saturday morning of July 17 2021 and conclude two weeks later on the evening of Saturday July 31, 2019.

Besides actual Jamboree costs, there will be other costs related to this event.  Mid-Iowa Council works very hard to keep the cost down to a minimum while still providing a once in a lifetime experience for all attendees.  Some additional costs included in the council fee are:

  • Bus transportation to and from the Summit in West Virginia
  • Hotel fees during the tour portion of our adventure
  • Security in each hotel
  • Meals during the tour portion of the adventure
  • Jamboree training, meetings and other events
  • Jamboree gear including troop/crew specific gear (flags, unit and contingent patches, a jamboree hat, unit t-shirts, daypack, duffel bag and various other items)
  • Admissions to all tour locations


The National Jamboree is open to all who are in good standing with the council and local troop/crew on a first-come first-serve basis.  Qualifications to attend the National Jamboree include:

  • Registered member of a Scout Troop and has completed 6th grade or will be at least 12 years old by July 20, 2021, but has not yet reached their 18th birthday, by the end of the Jamboree July 20, 2021 and is at least a First-Class Scout OR be a Registered member of a Venture Crew
  • lives and abide by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Abide by the Council’s Jamboree Code of Conduct

Each youth participant will be placed into an appropriate troop/crew and will be put within a patrol within that troop/crew.  Home unit leaders, parents, participants, and Jamboree adult leaders will all be given the opportunity to provide input as to troop/crew makeup.  Each Contingent member will be expected to participate in and have the following:

  • Troop/Crew meetings prior to the Jamboree
  • Attend all contingent meetings
  • Attend an overnight pre-jamboree training encampment
  • Have completed a detailed National Jamboree Medical form and physical by a licensed physician after July 2020 but prior to April 2021
  • Have fees paid in accordance with the fee schedule established by the Mid-Iowa Council
  • Have all fees paid in full no later than February 1, 2021


As of February 2019, pricing for the 2021 Mid-Iowa Council Contingent has not yet been confirmed. The estimated Jamboree cost including the Jamboree and the touring portion is $2,200 to $2,500 (this is only an estimate and is subject to change after National announces the 2021 costs, and tour details are developed). The contingent fees include the National Jamboree fee, fees noted above and other costs that may arise.  Out of pocket expenses may include, but not limited to, additional uniforms, patches for trading at the National Jamboree and spending money.

 Registration will open in early September.  Watch this page on the Council Website and Scout Shorts for exact dates when registration will open and for details about the trip.  In the meantime, spread the word among your scouting friends and prepare to be one of the first to sign up.

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