RE: ADRIAN'S INQUIRY ABOUT "GOOD" STAFF POSTIONS AT NAT'L
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 19 Aug 1991 15:20:30 EDT
The are FEW if any GOOD staff jobs at the Jambos, at least not for
volunteers, and I have found them hard to find. You always get
complaints of beeing understaffed, but I know many good scouters
who have tried for staff jobs at Jambos, and never got one. My
last Jamo staff job was as literally, as WASH ROOM attendant!!
My job was to make sure none of the FLUSH toilets got plugged up,
and or overflowed, etc. Also to montior any vandalism, like one
pair of jeans, half flushed and stuck fast!! But as far as crowd
control, I myself had a bad experience with my own family at the
last jambo opening. I was "on duty" up to "show time", so my family
had to go find seats on there own. They went over early, but were
not allowed to sit in the staff area without ID (I was still working).
So my wife found a place in the PUBLIC seating area as directed by one
of the staffs guys with a "STAFF". My older son (with former Jambo
and WORLD jambo trips) came to find me to get my ID. When we got back
my wife, daugher and yougner son, had been moved, and told they could
not sit where orginally been placed!!! By the time I got there, the
place was a total MOB sceen, my family was in the back area ready to leave!!
There was some open space in the back center, but a guy with a "staff"
told me it was "researved" for VIP's or something. But, by now the show
had already started. Who were they saving the space for??? So we
started to leave, but found that as were walked to the edge of the
wooded area, it was high enough to see the screens. So we watched
for a while, til a different guy with a "staff" told me we had to MOVE!
I asked him where? He told us we should have gotten there earlier!!
WE LEFT!!! I doubt my wife or family will ever go near a Jambo again.
Granted that the JAMBO is for scouts, but if they want volunteers, to
help run the thing at a lower costs, they should at least be treated
as a part of the Jambo!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City