2005 National Scout Jamboree

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2005 National Scout Jamboree emblem.

The 2005 National Scout Jamboree was the 16th national Scout jamboree of the boy Scouts of America and was held from July 25, 2005 through August 3, 2005 at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Normally, the next jamboree would be held four years afterward in 2009, but the date was changed so that the next jamboree could take place in 2010, the centennial anniversary of Scouting in the United States.


  • Over 31,700 Youth attended, making up the 883 jamboree troops present.
  • Scouts from 26 Nations (Including the United States) attended.
  • More than 7,000 adults volunteered to provide support and program services.
  • Each jamboree troop is made up of 36 youth, 4 patrols of 8 and 4 youth leaders (senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, quartermaster and scribe) selected from various units in their local council.
  • For the 10 day event Caroline County went from the 50th most populated county in Virginia to the 14th.

List of Sub-camps

The 2005 National Scout Jamboree was divided into 20 sub-camps, named after living American explorers. The subcamps were then group into four Regions.


1:William I. Koch Troops 0100-0199
2:Dr. S. Allen Counter Troops 0200-0299
3:Steven W. Squyres Troops 0300-0399
4:José I. Castro Troops 0400-0499
5:Michael Manyak Troops 0500-0599


6:Steve Fossett Troops 0600-0699
7:Ken Kamler Troops 0700-0799
8:James A. Lovell Troops 0800-0899
9:Jim Whittaker Troops 0900-0999


10:Jim Fowler Troops 1000-1099
11:Scott Carpenter Troops 1100-1199
12:James Dewey Watson Troops 1200-1299
13:Don Walsh Troops 1300-1399
14:Richard C. Wiese Troops 1400-1499


15:Robert Ballard Troops 1500-1599
16:Richard Wiese Sr Troops 1600-1699
17:Donald C. Johanson Troops 1700-1799
18:William Forgey Troops 1800-1899
19:Joseph Kittinger Jr. Troops 1900-1999
20:Will Steger Troops 2000-2099

Arena Shows

View of the audience at the Arena Show
Helicopter arriving at the Arena Show

Three Arena Shows were planned to be held during the jamboree. Allan Gibbs was the director of Arena Operations.

The first Arena Show was originally planned to be held on July 27, 2005. The first show was a staff show, and a youth arena staff member served as MC. The show also featured a staff barbeque and a speech from the Chief Scout Executive, as well as a preview for what was to come during the rest of the week.

President George W. Bush was scheduled to attend the first show, along with Senator Bill Frist but was not able to attend. The first show was finally cancelled due to extreme temperatures. However, Frist was already en route to the show when it was cancelled, and consequently delivered his speech. He emphasized the Support our Scouts Bill recently passed in the Senate. A number of participants and staff members were treated for heat exhaustion and heat stroke while Frist was delivering his speech--at one point, his voice was competing with a helicopter airlifting one victim to a nearby hospital. It also began to rain heavily as Scouts returned to their campsites.

The second show set a jamboree record for the most attendants. President Bush did speak at the second show regarding the importance of Scouting. Jim Fowler, as well as other numerous dignitaries visited and spoke during the closing show. It concluded with both a laser show (originally scheduled for the first show, using music from Epcot's IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth), and a fireworks show.


At the jamboree, Scouts had the chance to earn five activity patch segments to place on their uniform around the jamboree patch. To earn each segment, Scouts had to complete certain requirements over the course of the 10 day jamboree. The segmentss essentially encouraged the Scouts to see as much of the jamboree as possible. The five segments are Action Centers, Outback Centers, Activities, Duty to God and the 5-K run.

Action Centers

Scouts had to participate in 8 of the following 10 events found in each region's Action center.

  • Action Alley- A Full Obstacle course including Zipline, Giant's Ladder and Army Hurdles.
  • Air-Rifle Shooting- An Air rifle safety and Technique course followed by target practice.
  • Archery- An Archery safety and Technique course followed by target practice.
  • Bikathalon- A cross country course ridden on mountain bikes with air rifle target shooting stations.
  • Buckskin Games- 19th century competitive activities including use of muzzleloading guns, tomahawk throwing, knife throwing, bucking bronco event, bullwhip cracking and branding.
  • Confidence Course- A series of low course COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) activities.
  • Motocross- Bicycle racing over an obstacle laden course.
  • Mountain Boarding- A cross between snowboarding and skateboarding that has scouts riding mountainboards down hills.
  • Pioneering- A series of activities where Patrols use pioneering schools to move objects, build structures and play games.
  • Rappelling Tower
  • Trapshooting- A shotgun safety and Technique course followed by target practice.

Outback Centers

Scouts had to participate in 4 of the 9 Outback Center activities.

  • Canoe Slalom- A timed canoe course through slalom gates.
  • Canoe Sprint- A timed canoe course through buoys.
  • Conservation- A hands on experience in conservation techniques.
  • Discover Scuba- Instruction in Scuba.
  • Fishing- Scouts got a chance to fish in a lake stocked with more than 20,000 bass, channel catfish and crappie among other fish.
  • Kayak Fun- A class to learn basic kayaking skills, and a timed course.
  • Racing Shell Run- Two scout crews race in lightweight racing shells.
  • Raft Encounter
  • Snorkel Search- A Snorkeling scavenger hunt.


Scouts had to visit 5 of the 9 Activities in the exhibits and display section.

  • American Indian Village- presented by the Order of the Arrow, it taught and displayed Indian Dance, crafts and games.
  • QBSA- The jamboree radio station where scouts could sign up to DJ on a live broadcast.
  • America's First Scout Camp- A recreation of America's first scout camp at Silver Bay in New York, started in 1910.
  • Merit Badge Midway- A midway filled with close to a hundred booths offering many different Merit Badges, many of which could be earned entirely on site.
  • K2BSA- Amateur radio operators were able to use amateur radio equipment to communicate with other amateur radio stations across the country and the world. Scouts also had the opportunity to earn their amateur radio licence here.
  • Arts and Science Expo- Two exhibits comprised of entries in the Arts and Sciences, submitted by youth attending the jamboree.
  • National Exhibits- Exhibits presented by several National associations, the Armed Services and Federal Agencies.
  • Brownsea Island Camp- A recreation of the first Boy Scout camp, started by Baden-Powell in 1907 in England.
  • The Outdoor Adventure Place (TOAP)- A series of events to test scouts' camping skills.
  • disAbilities Awareness- Hands on activated conducted to improve awareness about the challenges disabled persons face.

Duty To God

Scouts had to complete the following requirements:

  • Attend a Religious Service
  • Take Part in 3 religious devotionals found in the 2005 Scout Guide.
  • Visit the Religious Relationships exhibit.
  • Lead in Grace before a patrol meal.
  • Meet your Sub-camp Chaplain.

5-K Run

Scouts had to complete a 5 Kilometer Run/Walk. The US Surgeon General took part in this run.


Memorial set up at the site of the disaster

Contractors were hired to assist in the setting up of a large tent in one of the sub-camps at the Jamboree. Some of the adult leaders, in true scout fashion, assisted the contractors in setting the poles. Due to the zoning and the length of the pole, the pole made contact with a electric cable. Those that were tragically killed were: Michal J. Shibe from troop 129, Mike Lecroix from troop 711, Ronald Bitzer from troop 129, and Edward Powell. Mike Shibe had two sons at the Jamboree and Lecroix had one. For more information about the circumstances surrounding this accident, check any major newspaper archive.

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