Merit system: What you can do at the 2013 jamboree

2013jamboreelogo-200x326Staff spots are filling fast for next summer’s national Scout jamboree.

And if you want to be among the first counselors to teach a merit badge at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, now’s the time to make that interest known.

They’re already full at Programming and Robotics merit badges, but Janice Downey and the Innovation team still need knowledgeable, enthusiastic volunteers for these four merit badges:

  • Chess
  • Game Design
  • Search and Rescue
  • Sustainability

You need to be already committed to staff the jamboree either full- or half-time. When you register, be sure to choose Merit Badges as your preferred staffing area, and send an e-mail to Be sure to include your Scouting experience and areas of expertise.

If you’re not yet registered, that’s OK. You can apply now. If you’re already registered and haven’t committed to a specific position, let Janice know and she’ll track down your staff application. She’s looking for volunteers of all ages, including members in the harder-to-find age range of 18 to 35.

One final note: If the fact that there will soon be Game Design, Sustainability, and Programming merit badges is news to you, perhaps my Calendar of New Merit Badges might interest you. It’ll keep you in the loop on all news of merit.

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.