Black Hills Area Council - 2026 National Jamboree

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2026 National Jamboree

Event Details

Basic Details

Dates: July 22, 2026 – July 31 2026

Price: TBD – but it will Include travel (price could change based on travel ),  patches, t-shirts, tours, insurance, meals, and jamboree fee.

Payment Schedule

$350 due with application – Due by August 1st, 2024

There will be a payment schedule once the final cost has been determined for the 2026 National Jamboree.

*There is a $50 late fee added for late payments

In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2013.

 2026 is the next National Jamboree.

Limited Capacity: The Black Hills Area Council would like to take a full contingent of 36 Youth and 4 Adults to the 2026 National Jamboree. 

Jamboree Leadership Team
Currently the Black Hills Area Council is putting together the team and will announce the contingent leaders once all four have accepted. 

National Jamboree is an Adventure
The excitement of the jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are doing around other parts of the Summit. Also, 2013 was the first year that Venturers, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, were part of the jamboree. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning.

Jamboree History 
The first Boy Scouts of America national jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the jamboree was canceled because of a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, 19 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2023.

When & Where
Black Hills Area Council Jamboree Participants
Summit Bechtel Reserve
Sunday 07-19-2026 12:00 AM MT to
Saturday 08-01-2026 11:59 PM MT
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