Offered by councils and by districts, these events typically include a few troops up to a few hundred
participants and generally are organized around a theme. Check the schedule of any district or council
(not just your own) for a variety of locations and themes. Examples:
- Winter Treks -
Annual series of weekend events offered by Green Mountain Council at Mt. Norris Scout Reservation in
Eden, Vermont, featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
- Chariot Themed Camporees - For these, each patrol needs to construct a chariot (sometimes a
temporarily converted Klondike sled). Usually includes a chariot race, with the chariots powered
by Scouts, of course.
Offered by nearly every district in the region (Troop 54 found 19 such events in our area in 2012), a
Klondike Derby is a winter camporee featuring Scouts pushing sleds from one station to the next to
participate in various activities. Check the schedule of any district or council (not just your own) for
a variety of locations and themes. Most of these events are held in January and February.
Offered by individual councils, groups of councils or by the National BSA, jamborees typically include
thousands of participants. Some examples:
- ConnJam -
This jamboree is organized by the Connecticut Yankee Council every three years. It was last held
May 11-13, 2018. Check the
Connecticut Yankee Council calendar for future
events; the next one should be in 2021.
- MassJam - This is a
multi-council event organized every five years over the Columbus Day weekend at the Barnstable County
Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA (on Cape Cod). It was last held October 6-8, 2018, so we expect the next
one to be in 2023.
- National Scout Jamboree -
For this event, each council organizes one or more temporary troops comprised of its participants in
- New Hampshire Jamboree -
Daniel Webster Council organizes this event
every four years, usually at a ski resort or race track in New Hampshire. The last such event was
May 4-6, 2018, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- Scout Expo -
This event takes place about every four years in Connecticut and was last held October 6-8, 2017 with
4,000 participants expected. See the
Connecticut Rivers Council website to check for
the next expo.
Orienteering is a sport in which you use a compass to find defined points in the woods and navigate from one
such spot to another. See the Orienteering section of our Sports Particiption
page for more information on Orienteering. Some orienteering events offer camping as an option.
- ScoutOrienteering.com -
Find out about orienteering events for Scouts, with some focus on earning the Orienteering merit badge.
- New England Orienteering Club (NEOC) - This organization
runs orienteering events. They set up the courses, print the custom course maps and track participant times. All you need to do is register
in advance, show up and pay. Their Scout-O events at Hale Reservation (in Westwood, MA) and at Nobscot Scout Reservation (in Framingham, MA), offer
camping as an option.
Historic Scouting Events
- Isaac Davis Camporee -
Annual camporee and re-enactment march to commemorate the first battle of the Revolutionary War. The
camporee takes place on a field in Action, MA. The re-enactment march follows the original path
taken by the Minutemen in 1775, from Acton to Concord, MA.
- Pilgrimage &
Encampment - Annual series of events to honor George Washington’s Continental Army’s
winter encampments. Comprised of a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Valley Forge National Historical Park on
the Presidents' Day Weekend (in Wayne, Pennsylvania) and a Weekend Encampment and Pilgimage at
Valley Forge Military Academy in March (in Wayne, Pennsylvania). This series of events is organized by
the Cradle of Liberty Council which describes them as "the longest, continuous Scouting
event in the world" (2019 was their 107th year).
West Point Invitational
- Annual Scoutmasters' Council Invitational
The United States Military Academy at West Point hosts this annual event, with approximately 150 troops
participating (Scouts BSA, Girl Scouts, Venture). The West Point cadets run the event, and they do a
great job. You will need to enter
an application early for a shot at this as the participants come
from across the country. Check their website
Facebook page periodically
to find out the application window.
- Camp Sikorsky -
Hosted by and held at Sikorksy Aircraft in Stratford, CT, this annual fall event combines camping,
merit badges and a plant tour. Check the
Connecticut Yankee Council website for event and
Page updated 7/28/19