If you're planning to visit the 2010 National Scout Jamboree this summer, listen up. The BSA has just released details for visitors that will help make their jamboree experience memorable and stress-free.
Visiting the jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., has been a favorite experience of Scouts and Scouters since 1981. And this year's "best, most exciting, fun-filled, safest jamboree ever" will certainly be no exception.
Here are some key points you need to know:
- Monday, July 26: No visitors allowed
- Tuesday, July 27: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 28: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday, July 29: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, July 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, July 31: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (closing arena show)
- Sunday, Aug. 1: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, Aug. 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 3: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What Can Visitors Do?
A lot! Here are some of the options: the Army Adventure Center, Conservation area, Exhibits & Displays, 100th Anniversary Arena Show, Venturing, 2013 Jamboree display, Technology Quest, Brownsea Island, Disabilities Awareness, Amateur Radio as well as the Trading Posts, Scout Shop, and food outlets.
What Can't Visitors Do?
Some activities are reserved for participants only. These are: regional Action Centers and Stage Shows, all subcamp activities, Mysterium Compass, Boating, Scuba, Swimming, Snorkeling, Camp Thunder, Fishing and the Merit Badge Midway
A $10 requested donation per visitor per day will help cover the costs of visitor support, which includes grounds clean-up, restrooms, site restoration, amenities, and more. Jamboree visitors who donate will be named "Official Centennial Jamboree Supporters." Donations will be collected at the gate.
Vehicles carrying eight or more people can donate in advance. Get the Visitor Information Transmittal form from your local council, and send it to the national office in Texas. The designated group leader will receive a windshield placard that will make entering the jamboree quick and easy.
Visitors will find plenty of retail food options, but visitors cannot eat in the troop sites or staff dining centers.
There is no on-site accommodation available for visitors. That includes RV sites, tent areas, and fixed housing.
Check out the U.S. Army's official driving directions.
Be Prepared! There are no sidewalks, and most visitors will walk more than five miles per day at the jamboree.
Visiting on July 31
If you're planning to visit on Saturday, July 31, officials are suggesting that you arrive as early in the day as possible. Once Fort A.P. Hill reaches capacity for Saturday night's arena show, no more visitors will be allowed to enter the property.
All visitors will receive a special Visitor's Patch.