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Virginia Welcomes World Jamboree Scouts

As the United States prepares to welcome Scouts from around the world, Northern Virginia extends a warm welcome to spend some time exploring Washington, DC and the U.S. National Capital Region while you are here.  Scouts will gather for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree from July 22 – August 2, 2019, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, USA.  Why not spend some time exploring the Capital City and historic Northern Virginia while you are on the East Coast?   The World Scout Jamboree will unite 45,000 Scouts and Scouters from over 165 countries, and we would like to be a part of this memorable experience for you.  If you are flying in or out of Washington Dulles International Airport, plan to spend a few days in Northern Virginia.  Here is a 1-minute sneak peek at what is waiting for you:

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Why Visit Northern Virginia and the National Capital Region?

When the Jamboree draws to a close, bring your Scouts and families to Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, for a fun and educational getaway.  You’ll be surrounded by the monuments, museums, and history of America.  And with easy access to two airports, it’s the perfect place to set up your base camp. Here are 10 reasons why you might consider adding us to your Jamboree itinerary. 


U.S. Capitol Building1. Easily Tour America’s Capital City

With its many monuments, memorials and museums, Washington, DC pays tribute to America’s national history like no other place.  And the capital city appropriately offers the majority of these famous attractions, including the Smithsonian Museums, at no cost. You can also catch a baseball game, tour the U.S. Botanic Gardens, visit the Museum of the Bible, or just take a hike around the famed Tidal Basin where the cherry blossoms bloom each spring.


Huntley Meadows Boardwalk2. Get Access To Unique Journey and Badge Programs                                               

Fairfax County’s Park Authority keeps pace with all of the latest scouting programs, from Journey programs to environmental workshops to skill-based programs that tie in with merit badge requirements. Whatever adventure it is you seek, our parks will have something in store for you! Click here for a list of sites that offer badge programs.

Mount Vernon3. Visit the Historic Home of America's First President                 

George Washington’ home at Mount Vernon offers a variety of ways for Scouts to learn about America’s First President, including a scouting booklet, adventure map, and badge opportunities. Learn about Washington:  the soldier, the farmer, the businessman, and the statesman at the most visited historic estate in the United States.

Air and Space Udvar Hazy4. You Can See Space Shuttle Discovery

Enter the spectacular 10-story high hangar of the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  This Smithsonian Museum is filled with thousands of some of the world’s most important air and space artifacts including the Space Shuttle Discovery.  Visit the IMAX theater or take a thrill ride in the museum’s Flight Simulators.

marriott springfield5. We Have Affordable Hotels

We have plenty of room!  Our hotels welcome troops to come visit with affordable rates and programs for student groups.  And with over 100 hotels available to choose from, you'll have your pick when it comes to brand, style, price, and location. Let us help you find the perfect match.  Just tell us a little about yourself, what your travel dates are, what specifics you're looking for, and we’ll do the rest!

Go Ape outdoor adventures6. There Are Awesome Outdoor Adventures To Be Had

Your troop can appreciate nature and enjoy team-building activities such as rope-climbing, zip-lining, and more at Go Ape! Zip Line & Treetop Adventure or at Adventure Links. These adventures not only bring you and your scouting friends closer together as a team, they create lasting memories that will last a lifetime. Make sure you call ahead to schedule your groups arrival as peak season is generally very busy. 

Mason Neck State Park: Eagle7. You Can Watch Eagles soar at Mason Neck State Park, America’s 1st Bald Eagle Preserve

The Wildlife Refuge at Mason Neck State Park was established as America’s first refuge for the Bald Eagle and is home to many of these majestic birds today. And aside from the Bald Eagles, you'll find numerous other birds and local wildlife here that call Mason Neck home.  Also, there are many other activities for you and your group at the park like guided kayak tours, hiking, and bike rentals. 

waterpark8. There's Plenty To Do For Playtime After Hours

After your amazing week at the Jamboree, your troop will appreciate some downtime with a variety of fun activities including miniature golf, laser tag, water parks, and much more.  When you just want to head out and have a little fun, we're sure you'll be pleased with everything we have to offer.  And with activities located throughout the county, no matter where you're staying you'll always find something to do nearby. Click here for some fun ideas for the troop after the museums have closed and the sun has gone down. 

Gunston Hall living history9. We're America’s Living Classroom

Thousands of students come to the Nation’s Capital every year to immerse themselves in the history of the United States. There are boundless opportunities to plan a historically themed getaway adventure based on American Revolutionary War history, Civil War battlefields, or other essential eras of US History, all of which have deep roots here in Virginia. Click here for a preview of the living history and educational experiences available in the area.

regional attractions graphic10. Northern Virginia Is The Perfect Place For Your Base Camp

The opportunities to explore are nearly endless with so much to see and do within a 60 to 90-minute drive.  From Civil War Battle Fields, National Parks, and historic towns like Annapolis and Baltimore nearby, there are dozens of daytrips that are available to you when you set up your base camp in Northern Virginia.  Click here for some ideas. 

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Top 25 Regional Attractions

With so much to do here in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC - we've made it easy for you to plan ahead. Here are 25 of the National Capital Region's must-see attractions. More
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Affordable Accomodations

With over 100 hotels to choose from in Fairfax County, we'd love to help you find the perfect accommodations for your troop. Contact our sales manager for assistance. More
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Scouting Adventures in the Capital Region

Check out our unique merit badge programs in the area or contact Fairfax County's Park Authority for special requests for tailored scouting programs. More