"When you join a Scout troop and put on the Boy Scout uniform you make a statement. Your uniform is a sign that you're a certain kind of citizen—trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. These are the values of Scouting, and they're important values for America. By working to live up to them, you're bringing great credit to yourselves and to our nation."
—President George W. Bush at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree
At the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, more than 32,000 boys ages 12 to 17 applied Scouting's values. By living the lessons of character and leadership, jamboree participants helped one another cope with a searing summer heat wave and the tragic loss of four Scout leaders during the event's opening days. Their outstanding response to these challenges, guided by Scouting's lessons of bravery, loyalty, and cheerfulness, resulted in a memorable jamboree that exceeded expectations.
More than 75,000 Scouts, their leaders, and family and friends heard the president's speech at the closing arena show—the largest arena show audience in jamboree history. In fact, the 2005 jamboree was the largest single-site event conducted by the Boy Scouts of America since the 1964 National Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Demonstrating their commitment to the Scout Oath and Law, jamboree participants did their best to learn skills and forged new friendships with Scouts from other states, U.S. territories, and 25 foreign countries.
Scouts were challenged by more than 280 programs, activities, and exhibits. Four action centers offered a wide range of activities, including air rifle shooting, archery, motocross, and pioneering. To keep cool and fulfill aquatic merit badge requirements, Scouts participated in activities including rowing, canoeing, snorkeling, and scuba.
Each 2005 National Scout Jamboree participant made a statement that he is a person who lives up to the values important to America. More important, by his accomplishments and attitude, each participant made the statement that Scouting continues to positively impact the lives of youth.