Bring your family to experience the 2017 National Jamboree as visitors

Want to experience the fun of the 2017 National Jamboree but can’t be there for the whole 10 days?

Become a Jamboree visitor.

Bring your family or friends and live the adventure for a day or two — or more.

The Jamboree is July 19 to 28 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia; visitors are welcome July 21 to 27. The per-day visitor price? Less than half the cost of a day at Disney.

Learn more and buy your visitor passes today. Read on for additional details.

What can visitors do?

This year there are two types of visitors: observers and participants. It’s helpful to go over each separately.

What can observers do?

“Observer” visitors get to enjoy to the Summit Center, the hub of Jamboree activity. That means access to:

  • Stadium shows
  • Military exhibits
  • Conservation trail
  • Disabilities Awareness Area
  • Sustainability Treehouse
  • Merit badge areas
  • Retail shops
  • Food stores
  • Brownsea Island
  • A wide variety of other exhibits and displays

Visitor access to activities is based on availability. Activities may be closed because of unsafe weather conditions. Jamboree visitors can visit with participants, but visitors do not have access to the base camps or participant-only activity areas.

What can participants do?

For an additional cost, “participant” visitors can enjoy everything listed under observers, plus:

  • Boulder Cove (a bouldering area)
  • Challenge course
  • Skateboard plaza
  • Mountain biking
  • Climbing
  • BMX bike riding

When can I visit?

Visitor hours are:

Friday, July 21: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 22: 9 a.m. to end of show
Sunday, July 23: 1 to 5 p.m.
Monday, July 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 27: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (note the early closing time)

How much does it cost?

What can I bring?

Do bring water bottles and a small daypack. Wearing sunscreen and a hat is a good idea, too.

Don’t bring a backpack, picnic basket or cooler.

Where do I park, and how do I get there?

You’ll park in a visitor lot and hop on the visitor shuttle to get to the entrance. Visitor shuttles run regularly, and the cost is included in your Jamboree pass.

Is there a video about Jamboree visitors that will get me really excited?

Yes! Here you go:

OK, I’m in. Where do I buy my tickets?

Learn more and buy your passes here. See you at the Jamboree!

What if I still have questions?

Email or call 972-580-2489.


  1. My family is taking a trip to Tennessee this year and it just happens that we’ll be a few hours away. So we have decided that we’re going to add a couple of hours to our drive and come out there on July 22nd. That way, we’ll get to see the main show. My daughters are excited about this trip.

  2. I wish this information had been available a few months ago. Since our Scout son could not attend Jamboree we were trying to work out a vacation to the area after finding out that day passes were possible. Unfortunately we couldn’t find out definite details from either The Summit or our local council. We finally gave up. Our son will still be a Scout 4 years from now so we’ll try next time. 🙁

  3. My son really wants to come out as a visitor since he is 14 this year is his last chance to attend. We are having trouble finding anywhere in the area to stay though…

    • Have you tried nearby cities and even towns in Virginia. Lexington, Virginia has many hotels and is a couple of hours away, but you could make it work. There are also towns and cities like Charleston. WV. I have stayed in the Charleston area when traveling from Va to Illinois. Good luck it is worth the trouble. I attended 2 days at the 2005 BSA Nationsl Jamboree in Va when my son was Boy Scout attending the Jamboree and even though the heat index was about 105 on one of the days, it was worth the effort! The new location should be cooler for the Jamboree than when it was at Fort A. P. Hill in Va.

    • The closest is the one in Charleston, W.Va. Many people like to fly into Charlotte, N.C., and drive.

  4. We have a small child that will require a stroller for Saturday. Are strollers permitted? Also I see no back packs are permitted. What should we carry sunscreen etc in?

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