Calling All National Jamboree Chaplains

 The Boy Scouts of America is gearing up for the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia. An expected 50,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and Scouting staff from all over the country are expected to descend upon the Jamboree site for one big celebration of Scouting.

The National Jamboree is held every four years and is a chance to camp out with friends, meet new friends and try out high-adventure activities, learn new skills and enjoy the out of doors. The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve is the permanent location of the National Jamboree in West Virginia. The National Jamboree setting has seen many upgrades and improvements since the 2013 National Jamboree.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has been charged with providing Jamboree Chaplains to serve the Catholic Scouts and Scouters. Jamboree Chaplain Duties include celebrating Mass in the subcamps, hearing confessions, visiting the injured and infirmed providing the Sacrament of the Sick. The highlight of the National Jamboree will be the Camp-wide Mass with an expected 10,000 Catholics participating.

Catholic priests in good standing with their religious community or (arch) dioceses are needed. Staying the entire 10 days is required. You must be in good health and there is a registration fee that will be reimbursed after the National Jamboree is over. To learn more about the event you can visit the National Jamboree website at http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/volunteers. If you are interested in joining the National Jamboree Chaplain staff please contact Father Michael Hanifin @fr.hanifin@oc.rcbo.org.