National Jamboree 2013, held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, is history. In all, 130 Scouts and Scouters made up three troops and one Venturing Crew to represent the Gulf Ridge Council at the first national National Jamboree.

The National Jamboree moved to its new permanent home near New Hope, West Virginia. Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, the Summit is an adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and anyone who loves the outdoors.

Jamboree Next! (2017)

The dates have been announced for the next National Jamboree to be held at The Summit. Jamboree will run from July 19 to July 28, 2017. Visit the Summit’s website for more information.

An undertaking as large as a National Jamboree requires lots of advance planning. Responding to the staff’s experience at the last Jamboree, plans are underway to make some significant improvements for anyone interested in serving on the 2017 Jamboree staff. The list of proposed improvements is on the Jamboree Volunteer page of the Summit website. In addition, if you’re thinking about volunteering for the next Jamboree, visit the Jamboree Staff Interest page of

The Council’s planning team for Jamboree 2017 has formed and begun their work. More information will be distributed directly to the contingent participants in the near future. In the meantime, please direct any questions to the Council’s leadership team:

For questions or additional information, please contact:

William “Bill” Guglielmi
Contingent Co-Chair

Karen Berlanger
Contingent Co-Chair

John Baringer
Council Staff Advisor


Jamboree Last (2013)

Through ten days of non-stop activity, participants tried their skills at more different activities than can be remembered. Whether you were a participant or not, you are sure to appreciate a photographic summary of the Jamboree on the 2013 National Scout Jamboree Flickr Site.

Members of the Gulf Ridge Council contingent were honored to participate in the presentation of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. In these photos, the Cemetery’s Honor Guard brings the wreath on the plaza. From there, youth leaders from each of the three troops and venturing crew participate in the presentation while the remainder of the contingent look on. It was a great way to start our Jamboree trip by honoring those who served this nation.