Re: 1993 Jamboree
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Tue, 17 Dec 1991 11:26:00 EDT
As Roseanna Rosannadanna would say, "you ask a lot of questions!!"
Let's see if we can all remove the mystique from around this thing called the
(Please folks..I am NOT at my office, but across campus. Please fill in the
exact dates for the 1993 Jamboree...)
A National Jamboree is held every four years. In the past, it has been
held in the nation's capitol, in Pennsylvania, California, and Idaho. For
the last three (1981, 85 and 89) it was held at a previously little-used
military facility south of Fredricksburg, Virginia called Fort AP Hill.
The BSA reached an historic agreement with the United States Army in 1990
whereby the Jamboree would have a permanent home in AP Hill. This was to
cut the costs in connection with setting up sewage and water lines, telephone
cables, and semi-permanent buildings. It will also allow the Army to train
its personnel in the Engineer and communications areas on realistic facilities
during the time that the Jamboree is not held.
Fort A.P. Hill sits in the middle of an historic area of our nation and is
a good choice for such a quaddannual (what a word!) event. That is, if you
are on the east coast or within a day's travel of the event.
The costs, Joan, that you have seen tossed around varies from Council to
Council...there is a Jamboree fee of around $400 per person. Everyone, staff
included, pays this fee. (even professionals!) This fee covers insurance
during the event, patches (two per person normally), food and housing (tent
city). Councils supplement this fee with additional monies for transportation,
tentage (since the Jamboree is a high-profiled event, new equipment is a must
and Councils usually use the new equipment at their camps in the years after
wards!), special identity items (like special shoulder patches, pocket patches,
neckerchiefs and other things!), food and lodging along the way (there is
moritorium imposed by National that states that during the Jamboree year, there
is to be NO BSA CAMPING FACILITIES OPEN for a 500 mile radius during the
Jamboree and two weeks before and two weeks afterwards! This is to keep people
from camping in the Goshen Scout Reservation and "commutting" to take part
in the Jamboree events every day!) so that Scouts and Scouters have to use
Council camps up until they enter that area..in which hotels and motels and
military facilities are used...
As you can see, it is a VERY expensive venture for most. This does not include h
the "off time" requested from work to take part in this event. As I wrote
earlier, most Councils have a "in" at most employers and if you are selected to
participate either as a staff member or as Council participants, it is
considered a "big deal" and amazingly enough, you WILL have time to participate.
It looks good for the company or business and looks really nice for Scouting
in that area!
The other alternative, as I also mentioned, is to visit the Jamboree for
a day...or two. National kinda asks you to limit your stay to two days, but
who's going to remember your face in a crowd of say 75-85 thousand people??
Yes, its about that number that visit the Jamboree during the ten day event.
About that number is also participating. Although the National Jamboree is a
"BOY SCOUTING and VARSITY SCOUTING" event, the best six Law Enforcement
Explorer Posts in the nation and the best six communicative arts Explorer
Posts are invited to serve as part of the staff of the Jamboree. As Scott
and some others (I think Chris) mentioned, the Order of the Arrow has a
Service Corps of about 1000 Arrowmen to participate and do everything from
crowd control to escorting of distinguished visitors. Very few Cub Scouts
get invited to participate, but there are lots of Cubs that come visit (a
good pre-cursor to Scouting for WEBELOS, if you are in driving range!).
Jamborees are very expensive and leads to the idea that only the people that
have money gets to go. One way that this could be solved is by setting aside
SME/FOS money to allow Scouts from "disadvanged" units go. In Louisville, for
example, I participate each spring before the Jamboree year (in other words,
this May) in a breakfast to benefit those black Scouts that wish to go to
the Jamboree. The money raised from this breakfast will be used to send as
many Scouts that want to go to the following year's Jamboree. I strongly
encourage your Council doing similar things, because as you can see, the
amount of money that has to be spent on going is way above what even the
average middle-income "white" family can afford, let alone anyone (like me)
making below the federal "dividing line".
Joan, please don't let me downgrade your hubby's desires to go....or your
letting him go....GO!!!!! Please...it is THE event that reminds you what
Scouting REALLY is all about. It restores my faith in the program and
reminds me why I do the things I do... and it makes the nation remember that
in big cities and small hamlets, that there are volunteers making a difference
in the lives of many youth..and the National Jamboree is where it can be
demostrated in front of the media, the visitors, and each other!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City