1993 National Jamboree
Sun, 15 Dec 1991 19:22:00 CST
Our Council (the Will Rogers Council in North-Central Oklahoma) has
recently begun circulating information about the 1993 National Jamboree.
I have never been to a National Jamboree, and would very much like to
make it to this one. I'm also interested in my son being able to
attend. However, I have several questions which I would like to pose to
those on the SCOUTS-L list.
(1) Going with the Council's troop would involve taking three weeks off
work. I find it hard to get a whole week at a time of vacation, let
alone three. According to our Council and District Execs, I could apply
for a national or regional volunteer staff position that might involve
less time off work. Can anyone tell me what kinds of positions might be
available, how long before/after the Jamboree volunteer staff are
expected to be there, and anything else that might be helpful in
deciding if that is a good option to explore?
(2) My son Eric is now in the fifth grade, eleven years old, and a
second-year Webelos. He plans to join the troop I work with when he has
earned the Arrow of Light this spring. There's no problem with him
completing any of the requirements for attending the Jamboree except
possibly earning First Class by July 1, 1993. I am wondering if it is
better to try to get him to this Jamboree or to wait and push for the
1997 Jamboree. He would be 17 in 1997, so he would still be eligible to
attend as a youth. I know a lot depends on the individual Scout and
that there are exceptions to every rule, especially when you are dealing
with real boys, but I would still like to ask if any of you have
opinions or experience dealing with the wisdom of younger Scouts
attending the Jamboree.
(3) Our Council's trip is likely to cost around $1,000 per boy, not
including spending money, uniforms, and personal equipment. The cost
for Scouters will be less, but probably in the $500 range. That's no
small sum with our household budget. Any innovative ideas for raising
that much money?
If you can think of anything else helpful in planning to go to the
Jamboree, please pass that on, too. That would include anything in the
"I wish someone had told me before I went" category!
John E. Bush BITNET ID: IRXXJEB@OSUCC
Senior Budget Analyst, Office of Planning, Budget, and Institutional
Research, Oklahoma State University
Eagle Scout, Committee Chairman, Troop 828, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Husband of a Cubmaster and Webelos Den Leader
(Step)Father of a second-year Webelos Scout
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City