2017 National Jamboree subcamps will be named after national parks (with patches to match)

It’s the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, but you get the gift. 

2017 National Jamboree leaders this week announced the creation of 22 special subcamp patches, each celebrating a different national park.

As first reported on the Summit Bechtel Reserve website, the 2017 National Jamboree subcamps have been renamed in honor of national parks — from Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah.

What are subcamps? They’re where troops of Scouts and Venturers camp at the jamboree.

While days at the jamboree are spent kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, zip-lining, patch trading and more, nights are spent at one of six camps: A through F. Each camp is made up of several subcamps, given a number 1 through 4. Subcamps divide SBR’s 10,600 acres into manageable chunks.

You can see the complete subcamp patch set at the end of this post. And you’ll be able to purchase one patch — or, let’s be realistic, the complete set — at ScoutStuff.org in January.

And if you aren’t yet signed up to attend or serve on staff at next summer’s big celebration in West Virginia … Well, what are you waiting for? Go here to learn more.

Here are the subcamp numbers along with their national park names. See the patches at the end of this post.

A1 Acadia B1 Isle Royale
A2 Badlands B2 Crater Lake
A3 Ranier B3 Carlsbad
A4 Congaree B4 Shenandoah
C1 Denali D1 Guadalupe
C2 Mammoth Cave D2 Glacier
C3 Big Bend D3 Zion
C4 Everglades D4 Haleakala
E1 Yellowstone F1 Death Valley
E2 Yosemite F2 Katmai
F3 Mesa Verde
F4 Olympic

Acadia 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Badlands 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Big Bend 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Carlsbad 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Congaree 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Crater Lake 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Death Valley 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Denali 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Everglades 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Glacier 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Guadalupe 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Haleakala 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Isle Royale 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Katmai 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Mammoth Cave 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Mesa Verde 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Olympic 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Rainier 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Shenandoah 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Yellowstone 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Yosemite 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch Zion 2017 Jamboree subcamp patch


  1. Epic! What a great way to commemorate the centennial of the National Park System. My family recently enjoyed a trip to the Badlands (which we unexpectedly really loved), Yellowstone, Tetons and several national monuments. I can’t imagine how many scouts from the beginning of the BSA or GSUSA have enjoyed all that national parks have had to offer. What a great way celebrate their natural connection.

  2. Those are fantastic! I’m just sad my son won’t be going and I won’t get to steal his patch. 🙂 (He got to go to two Jambos before he aged/Eagled out.)

    • Hey Tara, Good news!
      Young adults can attend as staff! The pricing is steeply discounted for young volunteers.
      One year, one of my former scouts served as the third assistant scoutmaster for our council contingent.
      Encourage him to check out the website and knock on the door of your council’s HQ.
      The Jamboree deserves staff with past Jambo participant experience.
      And you deserve that patch! 😉

  3. Very Nice. Last time, they tried to name the camps after WVA coal mines. Names didn’t stick, you were still in “camp A4” or wherever. I always wondered why the Wood Badge coal mine didn’t get a mention. You know, the one in “October Sky”, Coalwood.

    I hope they stabilized the bridge.

    Friend Cagle: The number is there, it is faint, “F1”, behind the left horn. If it is the same numbering system, Death Valley is at the top of a mountain! Far, far away….

    • That had to have been better than the time at A.P. Hill when all the subcamps were named after famous people that nobody had really heard of. 😉 It’s all marketing from BSA Supply…

  4. As the artist who designed these subcamp emblems, as well as the ones for the last 3 jamborees, it is really cool to see them out on the blog !
    Hope you enjoy them !

  5. I love the idea but why would you not use the National Park that is the most visited. The Great Smokey Mountains.

  6. We visited 20 National Parks this summer and 3 more in the fall. Three of us will be working at the Jamboree, of course we will buy the patches! Awesome job

  7. D3, A2, F2 are my favorite designs. D4 is my favorite National Park but I don’t think the design is representative of the park. Haleakala is a mountainous volcano that rises above the clouds with a grand view of other Hawaiian Islands. It is also home to endangered species of native birds and plants. It appears that the patch is centrally depicting an oceanic fisherman? I don’t understand the relation to the park.

    • Haleakala’s summit is the home of the grandmother of the demi-god Maui; that is not an oceanic fisherman, it is Maui, who from the summit of Haleakala lassoed the sun’s rays with his fish hook and/or a rope made from his sister’s hair in order to slow the sun’s path across the sky. This is why we now have days that are long enough to work and for Maui’s mother to have her kapa cloth dry; the sun agreed to have longer days in the summer and shorter days during the winter.

  8. My favorite is Katmai. I have been there. The only way in is a 2 hour flight in a float plane, or by boat. Amazing place to observe Bear in the wild.

  9. How do we know which we are in? What doe the letter and number mean? Wheee can we get these parched? Will there be a catalogue?

  10. Where do the go on the boys uniform? I can’t find anything that says where to sew it on?!??! Help a newbie scout mom

  11. Zion is sweet looking except bison don’t roam around the park so not sure why the random animal is featured so prominently.

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