Traveling Overseas with Boy Scouts and Venturers

Every summer, a number of countries around the world hold National Jamborees and there are International Jamborees In different parts of the United Kingdom..  All of them welcome international participants, especially contingents from the USA.  Jamboree organizers will usually be able to arrange host troops that will provide home stays for your contingent and lend you group camping equipment.  Participating in a jamboree in another country can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your Scouts and Venturers.

There are links below to upcoming jamborees in other countries.  Those with “Rover” or “Moot” in the name are typically for the age group that includes older Venturers and young leaders.

The top photo shows a contingent of Michigan Venturers who were the largest BSA contingent at the 2005 Eurojam jamboree in England.  In the lower photo, one of those Venturers autographs the neckerchief of a Scout from another country.  Michigan contingents have been the only BSA representatives at the 2009 Blue Summer National Jamboree in Denmark and the 2010 Ursprung Austrian Jubilee Jamboree.  This could be you!

In addition to jamborees, there are many Scout centers throughout Europe.  Some of these offer dormitory facilities and food service so you don’t need to bring tents or cooking equipment.  There are links to European Scout Centers below the links to jamborees.

To learn more about traveling overseas with Boy Scouts and Venturers and participating in jamborees in other countries, download Suggestions for Traveling Overseas with Boy Scouts and Venturers, print it and read it, and contact your Field Service Council’s International Representative..




ECUADOR – 15th Interamerican Jamboree – Jamcam Ecuador – Dec. 27, 2016 to Jan. 2, 2017 – For the web site, click here

NEW ZEALAND –  21st New Zealand National Jamboree – Dec. 29, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017 (aimed at 11 to 14 year olds) – For the web site, click here


CANADA – CJ17 for Scouts ages 11 to 14 – July 8 to 15 in Nova Scotia – For the web site, click here

DENMARK – Jamboree Denmark for Scouts ages 10 to 17 – July 22 to 30 just north of the Danish-German border – For the web site, click here

ENGLAND – Poacher 2017 – July 29 to August 5, 2017 – For the web site, click here  For the Facebook page, click here.

ENGLAND – WS 2017 Scout and Guide International Camp in West Sussex for Scouts ages 10 to 18 – August 5 to 12 – For the web site, click here
ESTONIA – Estonian National Jamboree for Scouts ages 12 to 18 – July 8 to 15 – For the web site (not currently in English) click here

NETHERLANDS – NICES 2017 for Scouts/Venturers ages 14 to 21 – July 29 to August 12 with shorter stays possible – For the web site, click here

NORWAY – Nord 2017 for Scouts ages 10 to 16 and Rovers ages 17 up – July 1 to 8 in an area of northern Norway where the sun does not set during summer. For the web site, click here

SCOTLAND – AJ 2017 for Scouts ages 10 to 18 – July 29 to August 5 – For the web site, click here


PERU – Inter-American Scout Moot for 18 to 25 year olds – July 29 to August 6 – For the Facebook page, click here


To find information about jamborees in other countries, go to World Scouting’s International Events List


Kandersteg in Switzerland –

Pfadfinderdorf Zellhof in Austria –

To find information about many other Euoprean Scout Centers, click here and search the European Scout Region’s “Where to Stay in Europe.”

To return to the Michigan Crossroads Council International Scouting home page, click here.