CJ17

PARTICIPANT FAQs

We aren’t sure if a youth will be eligible to attend, how can we tell?

All youth members registered as Scouts in myscouts.ca by July 1, 2017 will be able to attend as participants.

For international Units, we recognize that the program age brackets may vary in your country and will accept youth in a comparable Section. If you have questions regarding eligible youth, contact the international support team at: bmitchell@scouts.ca.

A frequent question relates to current Cub Scouts who want to go to CJ’17.  If they are registered as Scouts in July 2017, then they can go to the jamboree.

Fourth year Scouts who are moving to Venturers can attend as participants if they are registered as aScout in July 2017. Alternatively, if that same youth is registered as a “Venturer”, then they can participate in CJ’17 as an Offer of Service (OOS).

We saw an option to have a third Scouter, is this new?

At CJ’17, Units that have eight youth will have the option of registering a third Scouter to better distribute the Scouters’ responsibilities.

We’ve registered online, what’s next?

Once you’ve completed the online registration forms, you need to mail a cheque with your Unit’s deposit or Offer of Service deposit to:


Scouts Canada – CJ’17 Registrar

84 Thorne Avenue

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1Y5

The deposit amount is $300 for Offers of Service, $300 for youth participants and $200 for Unit Scouters. This should be sent as soon as possible so your registration can be processed.

It’s our first time travelling to Halifax, how should we arrive?

The jamboree will provide transportation from a number of arrival points in Nova Scotia. If you are flying, you’ll be greeted at the Halifax International Airport and transported to the site by bus. You can also choose to arrive by train or bus. We will pick you up at the Truro Via Rail or Maritime Bus Station.

After your incredible experience in Nova Scotia, we’ll make sure you get back to the place you arrived at in time for your journey home. Once you’ve registered, keep an eye on communications from the jamboree so you can provide travel details when the time comes.

Can we use a trailer to bring our Group gear?

Trailers are not allowed onsite at the jamboree. Participating Units arriving by car will be directed to an offsite parking facility to unload and will be transported to the site by bus. This is due to limited space onsite and to ensure the safe arrival of all participants.

Can RVs be used at CJ’17?

There are a limited number of RV spots available to Offers of Service only. They are all located offsite and more information is forthcoming.

It’s our first jamboree, what gear do we need?

A complete gear list, both Patrol and individual, will be listed in the Participant Manual that will be posted on the website (summer 2016).

When we registered we noticed food was not included. How will we be fed?

There will be onsite grocery stores where you will purchase your food for cooking as a Patrol. The store contents will be based on a suggested menu (coming soon). You can however modify the menu based on additional food products that will be available for you to purchase at the store. As a guideline, you should plan your food budget at around $20-$24 per person per day.

What can we do to prepare for the jamboree?

Practice makes perfect! At the camps leading up to the jamboree, practice working in your jamboree patrols. Limit your unit to a 12m x 12m site, including your cooking area. Pack your unit gear the way you will to arrive at the site, and carrying it up to a kilometer. Councils across Canada will be offering a CJ’17 Pre-Camp opportunity to test your gear and explain what you might be doing at CJ’17.

Can we ship gear to the jamboree site ahead of time?

Yes you can. To ensure pre-shipped gear is properly handled, and ready for when you arrive, we have developed a set of procedures to follow. Contact CJ17Shipping@scouts.ca for guidance and assistance. These procedures have been developed in order to protect the goods being shipped and to ensure only the right people can take possession of the goods when you arrive at Camp Nedooae.

Why is there a cost associated with Shipping Unit Gear?

In order for the Jamboree to accept shipments of Unit gear, we must have people and equipment onsite to unload and store the gear when the shipments arrive. There must also be a secure, fenced area to hold the gear in. The nominal fee goes towards offsetting those costs.

What are the campsites like at a jamboree?

The terrain of each Subcamp at Camp Nedooae varies. You should however expect to camp within tight quarters, with sites being up to 12m x 12m depending on Patrol size and terrain.

What kind of weather can we anticipate?

The weather in this part of Nova Scotia is very favourable for camping. A look at the last 5 years weather tells us that the average day time temperature is 24.9°C; with cool evenings at an average of 14.6°C. Rain is infrequent, and the 5 year average is less than 2 mm during the period 8th – 15th July.

What does a typical day at the jamboree look like?

Each day of your jamboree experience is going to be unique. Whether it is the new people you meet, the incredible program activities you experience or spending free time in St. Andrew’s Plaza. CJ’17 will also feature a special celebration for Canada’s 150th Birthday, Opening Ceremonies and special Evening Programs in your Subcamp. Expect the unexpected at the jamboree and be prepared to have some amazing experiences.

Our airline doesn’t allow used stoves to be checked, will rentals be available?

Our jamboree quartermaster will offer pre-booked equipment rentals including 2 burner propane stoves, and 1lb, 5lb and 20lb propane cylinders. Details will be posted on the website for all equipment rentals that will be available.

Will we be able to purchase fuel on site?

Propane Tanks will be available for rent and refill. 1lb/5lb/20lb Propane canisters will be available as will White gas (Naphtha) in sealed containers.

What will the CJ’17 program be like?

The program is going to be awesome! There will be a full water program on the lake, land programs that will be scheduled ahead of time, drop in programs and STEM programs. There will also be offsite programming that will feature a full day of exploring Halifax’s vibrant waterfront downtown. Our full program listing will be available soon on the CJ’17 website.

Can we claim the CJ fee as a Child Fitness Tax Credit?

You would have to verify this with your tax advisor. We understand that the portion of the fee specifically allocated to program may be eligible, and this is estimated at $105.00. The Jamboree Registrar will not be issuing receipts specifically for this portion of the fee, as many Groups raise money to cover jamboree Fees through sources other than parent payments. It would therefore be at the Group level to determine whether or not a receipt could be issued.

OFFER OF SERVICE FAQs

How old to you have to be to attend as an OOS?

Attending as an Offer of Service (OOS) is an exciting opportunity and is open to any youth and Scouter aged 14 or above. Youth attending as an OOS must be at minimum registered as a Venturer Scout.

I’ve registered online, what’s next?

Once you’ve completed the online registration forms, you need to mail a cheque with your OOS deposit to:

Scouts Canada – CJ’17 Registrar

84 Thorne Avenue

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1Y5

The deposit amount is $300 for Offers of Service. This should be sent as soon as possible so your registration can be processed.

It’s our first time travelling to Halifax, how should we arrive?

The Jamboree will provide transportation from a number of arrival points in Halifax. If you are flying, you’ll be greeted at the Halifax International Airport and transported to the site by bus. You can also choose to arrive by train or bus. We will pick you up at the Truro Train Station or the Maritime Bus Station.

After your incredible experience in Nova Scotia, we’ll make sure you get back to the place you arrived in time for the journey home. Once you’ve registered keep an eye on communications from the jamboree so you can provide travel details when the time comes.

Can we use a trailer to bring our team’s gear?

Trailers are not allowed onsite for the jamboree. Some jamboree teams may be transporting materials to help provide the jamboree experience. These trailers will be allowed on-site (only up to Wednesday 5th July) to unload and then must be moved to the offsite parking facility before participants arrive. Your manager will have more details available.

Can RVs be used at CJ’17?

There are a limited number of RV spots available to Offers of Service only. They are all located offsite and more information is forthcoming.

It’s our first Jamboree, what gear do we need?

A complete gear list will be listed in the OOS manual that will be posted on the website. Watch for it within the next month.

What can we do to prepare for the jamboree?

Once you have been assigned to a department, we’ll be in contact to let you know about expectations and tell you whom to look for once you arrive! Councils across Canada will be hosting CJ pre-camps, volunteering at one of these will expose you to how the jamboree will work.

The fee for OOS seems like a lot more than at the last jamboree, what changed?

The Offer of Service Fee for CJ'17 is not about comparisons to previous Jamborees. It is about establishing a new benchmark standard for the way that CJ's acknowledge and respect the work commitments of Volunteers. It's about making sure that well prepared campsites are ready for when you arrive; that facilities are properly situated to support the needs of the OOS; that meals are plentiful and meet all of your needs for taste, content and variety.

It's also about the opportunity for each and every OOS to enjoy the various Special Events that are being planned; including the Opening Ceremony and the celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary; and to get the opportunity to take a full day away from the camp to relax in Halifax and enjoy the spectacle of Pier 21 or The Citadel.

What are the campsites like at a jamboree?

Bring a small tent; appropriate for the tight conditions we will all be living in. It is okay for a single person to bring a two-person tent; or if sharing with another adult, a three-person tent. A single person bringing in a large multi-room tent will not be permitted to put up that kind of tent. A three-person tent, with two occupants is considered the maximum size tent permitted.

What kind of weather can we anticipate?

The weather in this part of Nova Scotia is very favourable for camping. A look at the last 5 years weather tells us that the average day time temperature is 24.9°C; with cool evenings at an average of 14.6°C. Rain is infrequent, and the 5 year average is less than 2 mm during the period 8th – 15th July.

What does a typical day at the jamboree look like?

Each day of your jamboree experience is going to be unique. You’ll have the chance at CJ’17 to contribute to an experience unlike any other for thousands of Scouting youth. There will also be time for you to enjoy both your surroundings in Nova Scotia and fellow Volunteers. Expect the unexpected at the jamboree, and be prepared to have some amazing experiences. We’re excited to share with you more details of the OOS indaba sessions and evening programs soon!

I keep seeing reference to Indaba sessions, what are they?

First introduced in Canada at the 6th Canadian Jamboree, INDABA was established as a forum to enhance adult learning about programs and planning, and enable Scouters to adapt and implement these ideas in back home programs and events.

Since then, Indaba has become an integral part of not only Canadian jamborees, but also world, provincial and regional Scout gatherings.

An Indaba is actually a gathering of African native tribes, but Baden-Powell adapted the word to mean a “gathering or conference of Scouters”.

At CJ’17 there will be a series of workshops and activities for any adult Scouters attending the Jamboree. The Indaba program will operate as workshop sessions held every evening, with a choice of sessions offered taking no more than 90 minutes a session.