These are your 2013 jamboree duffel bags

(Updated Feb. 20, 2013) It may be a little early to start packing for the jamboree this summer, but I’ve got a sneak peek at what you’ll stuff all that gear into.

Take a look at the Osprey Transporter BSA, a sturdy, well-reviewed bag with detachable backpack straps and a classy 2013 National Scout Jamboree logo stitched on the side.

Every registered participant and staffer will get one of these as part of their jamboree registration fee, and it’s one bag that looks like it’ll hold up well beyond 10 days in rugged West Virginia this summer.

By the way, you’ll need to fit all your gear in this jamboree-provided duffel and your personal day pack. Fortunately, big items like your tent and cot are provided for you at your jamboree campsite.

The bag measures roughly 32 by 18 by 16 inches (length, width, and depth). The capacity is 115 liters (not the 95 I previously reported). There are three compartments: the main pocket, one at the top that also holds the backpack straps, and another on the flap of the main pocket.

Find full photos of the bag after the jump: 



How much will it hold?

Watch the new video below.

Photos by W. Garth Dowling/BSA


      • Bryan, looking forward to seeing the full 2013 National Jamboree catalog when available to get the merchandise just like the 2010 event. The rucksack looks great and look forward to getting my hands on one.

  1. Are folks expected to get their sleeping bags into the bag as well as clothing for the whole time? We might have to add an ultra light sleeping bag to the gear list! :>)

      • The video showed everything going in the bag except a sleeping bag. The official Guide Book says, “Everything you bring must fit inside your provided jamboree duffel bag and your personal day pack.” I am still trying to find out how literally we should take the guidebook.

    • Our Jambo troop just had a shakedown weekend and the scouts were required to use a duffel bag and bring the full gear list or representative equipment – my son is larger than most and he had room to spare in a duffel smaller than this one. and that was with winter weight bag and extra layers and heavy rain gear.

      • I would argue that. I helped staff the shakedown at the Summitt and brought a micro-fleece zippered sleeping bag (OK it was a Walmart special) and was cold (same time of year as Jambo). Do bring a light sleeping bag . . . Not like AP Hill, you are at 2,500 ft. in WV . . . Just saying

  2. Wow. In watching the videos, I’m not sure that my SCOUT is 115 Liters. It was a struggle for him to get his Bag and his Daypack at the Shakedown last summer.

    PACK LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT inside this bag!

  3. I am on the medical staff. How can I carry this and a day pack and also have my medical gear-stethoscopes,etc, and reference books? Also, what about anything purchased at the trading post or obtained or made at the numerous displays and activities?

      • As Bryan already said, contact your staff leader. The duffels are for PERSONAL GEAR. The Staff can arrange (within logic) other transportation methods (and/or exceptions to quantity/size of items to bring with you) based upon the needs of the Jambo.

  4. Reblogged this on Jambo Troop 4 and commented:
    Wow! This video from last year’s Summit Shakedown shows the equipment each troop will receive and brief instructions on set-up. Importantly, it also shows the duffel bag each Scout will receive, the personal equipment list and a packing demonstration – remember to pack lightly!

  5. Here’s my 2 cents on this VERY COOL duffel/backpack, BUT my biggest concern as a parent of a scout who is attending is the safety factor. You can say whatever you want, and think whatever you want and let me qualify by saying this first. My father attended the 50th Jamboree (there were thieves there), my father and I attended the 75th Jamboree (there were thieves there), and my father was on staff for the 100th (and there were thieves there).

    I don’t see the ability to lock up this. Not that my kid will have things of major value but where is the scouts security with this? Just wondering

  6. Great post, Bryan! That certainly answers a few questions people in my unit had. Also, I discovered yet another video of Patrol Z doing awesome stuff!

  7. Can someone PLEASE TELL ME WHY NOTHING HAS “The inagural 2013 Jamboree” at the Betchel Summit on anything in the jamboree gear catalog that we have recently gotten?? This is a really special time as was the 2010 jambo, why are they not making the items we can buy special too ? I mean everything has 2013 on it BUT NOTHING makes BEING THE FIRST JAMBO PARTICIPANTS to attend the Betchel collectable type, I would have thought EVERY hat, shirt,coat,patch (not even a patch has anything special!!) would be loaded with special designations about being the first group there!

    • Oversized as a carry on, but not necessarily as a checked bag. You’ll use your day pack as your carry on. I don’t believe the intent was for these to function as day packs or mini duffles.

  8. The listed size of 32x18x16 comes out to an airline size of 66 linear inches. Most airlines have either a 60 or 62 inch size limit to avoid oversize charges. Is there a reason that airline limits were not thought of for this bag?

  9. This is extremely frustrating. Here we are in May now, and still no bags – only a video to go from. The gear costs to get everything to fit are ridiculous, and as it is we won’t have a chance to fit the gear and know that we have purchased correctly until the last minute. Sure wish Supply would hurry up and get these to us.

  10. Our Scouts are getting them at the Council Shakedown (Council already has them). The Scout Shop here has a 115 Liter identical bag (minus the Jambo Patch) on display for sale. Also, the national Jambo staff are getting theirs in the mail this week it seems. (They are VERY NICE.)

    2 1/2 months to Jambo yet. I know that will pass quickly but in planning for Tens of Thousands, that’s pretty much ahead of the game on such a major purchase I’d say (my personal opinion).

    Check with your Jambo Troop Leaders for Scouts and the Council Scout Shop if you want to see one in person.

  11. I haven’t resived my jmboree bag and I missed the meeting due to a missionary trip… What do I do?!? I’m freaking out

  12. I understand that for 2017 Jamboree – the Osprey Transporter BSA duffels are NOT being included…in spite of the increased fees. In fact, it’s my understanding that NO duffel is being provided. That would be a big disappointment since our fees at Council level are already set and we reasonably assumed that would be included again.

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