Options for Jamboree Lodging
Forest Service Campgrounds
The Forest Service campground has undergone some nice improvements over the last several years and continues to provide both primitive and electric campsites. If these are full, there is room for both tents and campers near the river on the softball field. The softball field does not have electrical hookups but can accommodate both tents or campers.
The NBA has the picnic shelter reserved for the BBQ on Saturday evening once again, but is no longer reserving the group campground on "the hill."
The Forest Service campground sites at the Bessey Campground Complex, and those located in Natick and Whitetail, may be reserved through www.recreation.gov or www.reserveamerica.com. There are a few 'Walk Up' camp sites that are first-come, first-serve in these camp grounds as well. Camp sites include those with and without electrical power, as well as those that are tent or trailer sites. Maps of Forest Service campgrounds are also available through the online reservation websites. Be sure to pay your camp fees for these sites through the Forest Service pay station kiosk.
Nebraska State 4-H Camp
The 4-H Camp also has cabins available for rent, or tent and non-electrical trailer/RV campsites conveniently located right next to the Practice Range and the special shoots (White Buffalo, Aerial, Silhouette and Distance Shoots) on Saturday.
Those interested in 4-H cabins or camping should contact Jody Swisher at 402-533-2224. If you stay in the 4-H cabins or camp on the 4-H grounds, you will pay the lodging fees to the NBA at the time of registration. The NBA will then write one check to the 4-H camp for all NBA usage of 4-H grounds.
Halsey and Thedford
There are also hotel possibilities in Halsey and Thedford for those who would like to 'rough it' outside the forest. The list below includes some of the easily-found options online - others may also be available in phone book listings or through other websites. Call the respective hotel/motel for room availability, reservations, and prices. The Arrowhead Lodge and the Roadside Inn, both in Thedford, also offer RV sites and/or hood ups.
Halsey Frontier Inn
Arrowhead Lodge & Cafe