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2021 National Jamboree


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July 21 - 30, 2021

Next 2021 National Jamboree Rally

January 18, 2020 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Sportsman's Expo - inside the Youth Fair
Cal Expo 1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95815

NEW 2021 Jamboree Promotion Video 

2021 National Jamboree Official Website
Participant Registration Is Now Open

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Held every four years, the Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for participants, volunteers, and visitors to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place. Features include; one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world-class skate park, ATV offerings, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, patch trading, stadium shows, and much more!



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 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 18 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2017.


2021 Jamboree Presentation

Please click here for a PDF of our Slide show concerning our 2021 Jamboree contingent.  We would love to come and present this information to your Unit.  Please contact Laura at 530-770-1152 or Dave at


Every four years, Golden Empire Council puts together a Jamboree Contingent to attend the National Jamboree. The Contingent consists of 5 units, each comprised of 32-36 youth and up to 8 adult leaders and a crew of 8 youth and 2 adult leaders. Units will include Male Troops, Female Troops, and a Venture Crew.

Besides the Jamboree experience itself, there are many costs that are incurred in preparation for the event. These costs include (but may not be limited to):

  • Airfare to and from the east coast
  • Luggage fees
  • Hotel and security
  • Jamboree training, meetings, and other events
  • Jamboree gear, including all troop/crew specific gear (flags, unit numerals, waterbottles, hats, shirts, jackets, backpack, duffle bag, patches)
  • Jamboree event fee
  • Dedicated Scouting professional and support staff to facilitate and assist in a successful Jamboree experience
  • Bus transportation to all tour locations and to and from Jamboree with dedicated bus drivers
  • A tour team to organize and facilitate all touring aspects
  • A 5-day tour of part of America's history including Washington, DC and other historical locations.


The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualifications to attend the National Jamboree include:

  • Registered member of a Scout Troop, who has completed the 6th grade, or will be at least 12 years old (but who has not yet reached their 18th birthday by 8/1/2021) and a first class Scout by July 1, 2021. --OR--
  • Registered member of a Venture Crew.
  • Must live and abide by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Must abide by the Jamboree Code of Conduct.

At the time of registration, Scouts will be placed in a Jamboree troop/crew that is closest to where you live, unless that troop/crew is full. If that troop/crew is full the Scout will be placed in the closest available troop/crew. Each Scout will be a member of a patrol within their unit. Every contingent member will be required to participate in and have the following:

  • Monthly troop or crew meetings
  • A completed National Jamboree Medical form signed by a licensed physician
  • Attend the all-contingent gathering
  • Attend an overnight training encampment.
  • Have all fees paid no later than March 1, 2021.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please complete the Participant Survey.

If you are a Scout and ready to register please do so by clicking here:  2021 National Jamboree Youth Participants See Payment Schedule Below



Adult Leadership interview for the Golden Empire Council contingent will be held in December, 2019.

Unit leader positions are Scoutmaster, first assistant Scoutmaster, second assistant Scoutmaster, and third assistant Scoutmaster or the crew Advisors for the Venturing groups/crews.

Troop size consists of 32-36 youth and up to 8 leaders while the Venturing group consists of 8 youth and 2 leaders.

For 2019, the Scout leader qualifications were the following.  Please note that we are being told that the qualifications will change slightly for 2021, and they are being finalized now.

  • Current BSA membership with a ScoutBSA troop or Venturing Crew
  • Scoutmaster, first assistant Scoutmaster and crew Advisor must be at least 21 years of age by the first day of the jamboree
  • Second assistant Scoutmaster must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the jamboree
  • Third assistant Scoutmaster must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the jamboree but not yet 21 years old by the end of the jamboree
  • Scoutmaster applicants must be currently serving as a Scoutmaster while Venturing leader must be actively servicing as a crew Advisor or associate Advisor
  • Second and third assistant Scoutmasters must be currently serving in any adult troop position

A link to the Adult Leadership interest form is here.  2021 Adult Interest Form  Please complete this form as soon as possible to be scheduled for an interview.



2021 Jamboree with touring is $3,750. Jamboree fees include everything listed above. Other out-of-pocket expenses may include (but are not limited to) additional uniforms, patches, and spending money.

A non-refundable reservation fee of $300 must accompany the initial registration. Once you click on the registration button, you will be prompted to "choose participant type". Once you begin your registration process, you will also be prompted to indicate which type of unit you would prefer to be in: Male Troop, Female Troop, or Venture Crew.  Please note that this registration link will be forwarded to you once you have been offered a position with our contingent.

You must make monthly payments as scheduled. Full payment must be received no later than March 1, 2021 in order for the participant to attend. The following is the payment schedule for the 2021 National Jamboree (although more may be paid in advance):



$300 non-refundable per
youth/adult at time of registration
February 2020   $300.00
March 2020   $300.00
April 2020   $300.00
May 2020   $300.00
June 2020   $300.00
August 2020   $300.00
September 2020   $300.00
October 2020   $300.00
November 2020   $300.00
January 2021   $300.00
February 2021   $300.00
March 2021   $150.00
Total   $3750.00

If for some reason a participant is unable to attend, a refund may be considered minus the non-refundable amount. If for some reason a participant is unable to attend and is able to fill his/her spot with another eligible participant, a full refund minus the initial $300 deposit will be approved.


251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

River City Scout Shop

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)

10:30am - 3:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

NorCal Scout Shop - Chico

3881 Benatar Way, Suite D
Chico, CA 95928

phone: (530) 809-0400

Hours of Operation:
11:00am - 6:00pm (W-F)
10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

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