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2010 National Scout Jamboree visitor information released

Jambologo 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:

Visiting Hours

  • 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

Donations

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.

Groups

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. 

Food

Visitors will find plenty of retail food options, but visitors cannot eat in the troop sites or staff dining centers.

Accommodations

There is no on-site accommodation available for visitors. That includes RV sites, tent areas, and fixed housing.

Getting There

Check out the U.S. Army's official driving directions.

Getting Around

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.

Official Patch

All visitors will receive a special Visitor's Patch.

7 Comments on 2010 National Scout Jamboree visitor information released

  1. Bob Parker // April 27, 2010 at 9:38 am // Reply

    Jamboree is going to cost now? We are already paying $1400 per boy for them to attend and now $10 per visitor.

  2. Bettina Wesloh // April 27, 2010 at 10:39 am // Reply

    My impression is that IF you are registered to attend, you’ve paid! The $10 fee is for people like me, who are planning on heading down for one day during the week.

  3. I understand that there are costs associated with visitors , and those need to be recouped. But,, maybe each paid scout participant should get two “free” day passes for their parents or such. Just a thought,,,

  4. m g crawford // April 27, 2010 at 11:11 am // Reply

    sounds like fun, at a fraction of the cost

  5. WOW only $10, well worth 10 times that. Can’t Wait!!

  6. steve merrell // July 21, 2010 at 7:45 am // Reply

    who can attend as a visitor??

  7. Too bad I am not traveling to VA as I had in the past every 2 weeks. I would love to relive the memory of the Scout Jamboree.

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