BSA Winterfest - FAQs

What is Winterfest?
Winterfest is an event designed for older youth, including Scouts BSA, Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Explorers and takes place in Gatlinburg, TN. The event targets co-ed youth ages 14-21, and allows them to participate in a variety of competitive and social activities throughout the weekend.

Who can attend Winterfest?
Winterfest is open to all currently registered members of Boy Scouts of America ages 14 and over. This includes Scouts BSA, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, and their adult leaders.

What is the street address of Rocky Top Sports Center?
1870 Sports World Blvd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Do I need a swim test to participate in aquatic events?

Do I really have to be in my room by 1 AM?
Yes, it is part of the Winterfest Code of Conduct which can be found in the Advisor Guide.

Can I bring food into Rocky Top Sports Center?
Outside food is not allowed in Rocky Top Sports Center. We encourage everyone to bring a refillable water bottler. Water refill stations will be available. There will be some concessions available.

Where do I find out my results for the competition?
Results will be posted on this site as they become available, typically within a week of the event. We will also announce the posting on Facebook.

Can I use my local training certificate instead of going to the NRA briefing?
If you have a valid and current NRA certification you may opt out of attending the briefing; however, you MUST bring that certification to the safety briefing area for it to be reviewed. If accepted, you will be provided a wristband for the outdoor range.

Can I carry my firearm?
The local sheriff’s office has asked that, unless you are in complete uniform, that you do not carry your firearm.

Can I carry my mock weapon outside of the convention center?
The Gatlinburg Sheriff’s Office asks that you do not, for the safety of you and their officers.

What happens if it snows and the pass over the mountain is closed?
Alternative routes are available. We encourage you to follow the National Park Service on Twitter so that you can stay informed. We will also monitor road conditions and will post what we find out through Facebook and Twitter.

If I change my mind about coming to Winterfest, can I get my money back?
Sorry, unfortunately the Winterfest fee is non-refundable.