The Council office will start processing refunds the week of 7/20/2020, for all those participants and leaders who have paid fees to Occoneechee Council for the 2021 National Jamboree. Checks will be mailed out to the address we have on file. If you have any questions, please email Lauri Gillie at Laureen.Gillie@scouting.org
The BSA just announced that they will postpone the 2021 National Jamboree. I will be working with the Council office to determine how refunds will be processed and their timing and we will communicate back to you as soon as we have some answers.
In the meantime, here is the letter and a link to the FAQs.https://jamboree.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/07/NSJ21_Postponement_FAQ_FINAL-003.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0MKNwgLQ2ffXvqX0U9gMUGqZzS3iCavMhHEaAdHmvRfWviaokAvKX_TxA
Dear Scouting family,
During its history, the Boy Scouts of America has had to adapt its programs to respond to events that have affected our country, our communities, and our Scouting participants. Scouting has endured World Wars, economic downturns, and a previous health epidemic– remaining an organization where fun and adventure are used to deliver the character, citizenship, fitness, and leadership skills for which it’s known.
In the face of current challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 National Jamboree. The unpredictability of the pandemic and the impact it’s had on councils this year are the two main reasons for this difficult decision.
The Boy Scouts of America is committed to the safety of all youth in our programs. Planning, preparations, and decisions regarding National Jamborees take place months, and even years, in advance. The unresolved issues surrounding the pandemic make it exceedingly difficult to plan and prepare for a premiere event of this size in a way that continues to keep the safety of Scouts, volunteers, staff, and communities at the forefront.
We also recognize that the pandemic has dramatically impacted local councils, which are vital to the delivery of local Scouting and the success of any National Jamboree.
Circumstances surrounding COVID-19 prompted the closure of 70% of council summer camp programs this year, caused office closures, reduced key funding sources, and forced many councils to temporarily or permanently reduce their staff size. We believe postponing the 2021 National Jamboree will help bolster much-needed attendance at council camps next summer – by which time we hope the spread of COVID-19 has significantly subsided – and will give councils the opportunity to focus their limited resources on maximizing incredible local Scouting opportunities for families in their communities.
This decision was not made lightly, and we recognize that it may mean some Scouts will not have a Jamboree experience they had looked forward to. We believe, however, that it is the best path forward, and we are committed to hosting this incredible event at a future date.
Leaders were confronted with a similar decision when planning for the 1935 National Jamboree as our country faced a polio epidemic. Our leadership rallied then, as they have now, and postponed the 1935 Jamboree until 1937. That Jamboree started a legacy of high quality and impactful events that lives on today and will continue in the future.
As this decision is recent, there are many details surrounding the National Jamboree that we are working diligently to resolve. The were developed to help answer preliminary questions, and we will keep you posted on our progress through direct communications and at https://jamboree.scouting.org. Questions can be directed to the National Jamboree team at 2021Jamboree@Scouting.org.Scouting changes lives. It has, it does, and it will continue to do so because of the dedication of our Scouting family.
Thank you for your support and for all you do!
Assistant Chief Scout Executive
National Director of Outdoor Adventures
Boy Scouts of America
Every four years, Occoneechee Council assembles a jamboree contingent, one of the largest contingents of Scouts to attend the National Jamboree. Our council contingent will consist of approximately 10 units, each comprised of 36 youth and 4 adult leaders. In 2021 units will include male troops, female troops, crews and ships.
The jamboree is on a first-come basis to everyone who qualifies. All participants (youth and leaders) are selected to represent the council based on qualifications in character, camping skills, physical and personal fitness, and leadership qualities. After units have been filled, a stand-by list of alternates will be established. Participants will be assigned to a provisional jamboree unit or units can be formed by individual Troops or Crews that want to combine to equal 40 participants (including youth and adults). Youth participants will be a member of a patrol/crew within the unit.