One of the new features of the 2013 National Jamboree will be that all tents, cots, dining flys and cooking gear will be supplied for council contingents. When Boy Scouts and Venturers arrive at the Summit, the equipment will be waiting for them. Youth members will still have to set up their campsite, but this eliminates a great deal of transportation and logistical challenges that were a part of past National Jamborees. Troops often had to raise additional funds to purchase equipment for previous National Jamborees in addition to the participant fees.
During previous National Jamborees, the council's contingent would have a "shakedown" at Beaumont Scout Reservation to make sure all troops and participants had all equipment. The gear would then be loaded onto a 50-foot trailer and hauled to the east coast. A few days later, the Jamboree participants traveled by bus, toured Washington, D.C., and then met their tractor trailer at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, the site of previous National Jamborees.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council's 2013 National Jamboree contingent is planning to tour Washington, D.C., again. The traveling should be less stressful knowing the troop equipment will be furnished and ready when they arrive at the Summit.Get more information on attending the 2013 National Jamboree
Watch a video of troops, crews setting up camp at the Summit