Re: National Jamboree's
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 17 Dec 1991 09:22:15 EST
Maybe a good rule for Jamborees is DON't take anything you don't want
to lose? At the '85 jambo a mini tornado hit. Some dome tents from
the western section were "relocated", gateways blown down etc. At the
87-88 WJ in AUstrailia, the last day or two were also flooded out.
The BSA tents (Eueaka type) stood up, and the BSA camp became one
of the disaster centers. Scouts from at least three different countries
were sharing BSA tents. By the time some scouts got home, they had
parts of uniforms from several countries, wether they officially traded
As a rule, don't take your "collection" to show. Be aware that any
any scouting item has some value to collectors, and if you have only
one of a item, keep it "safe". Keep your "trading" items in some
type of zippered shoulder bag. CSP's and OA flaps can been displayed
and kept clean is special plastic sheets made just for that purpose,
and are available from BSA supply centers. And don't get caught up
in the HOT stuff at the jambo. Some CSP/JSP's get HOT, and every one
will want one. Same for lodge 566 OA flaps, with the SHARK. At the
jambo, they are the HOT items, and you can get 2 or 3 for 1. After
the jambo, they are worth maybe $4 or $5 tops! And some items have
regional "value" only, Like a CAMP T-Y-E patch in western NY!
Last couble jambo's, HAT pins were HOT. BSA and NON BSA. DILL pickel
pins were on about 90 percent on hats by the end of the second day!
Also popular were Garfield, Snoopys, and flags. Also pins that resemble
CSP, OA flaps, or JAMBO logos. But set some dollar limit, before you
go, and stick to it. To get "one of everything" at the jambo could cost
literally thousands of dollars. Start small, like a CSP for each state
in your region, or every CSP in your state. But have fun, and take the
time to talk to the person. Some people even stick a LABLE on each CSP
with their name and address, and future interest for MAIL trading, etc.
But who knows, maybe patch trading will be prohibited! And the patch
police will carry weapons, and live ammo! ;) But, my rule since '64,
IF I GO, I WILL HAVE FUN.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City