Re: National Jamboree - For Cubs?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 17 Jun 1992 13:56:01 EDT
Mike and/or others potential Jambo visitors:
Mike may not be affected by the National rule that Scouts can not
stay or camp within 50 miles of the Jambo site. Since, Mike is
in VA, I am going to assume a one day trip. Visitors of any kind
are very limited is what they are allowed to do. Most of the
jambo events are limited to the PAYING customers, which is only fair.
The opening day is a good day to visit since the Trading posts often
run out of many items after the first day. There is also an opening
show that is on the first day. You can not always count on the
closing show! It has been resheduled and/or canceled in the past.
Also note that visitor seating has been very limited and restricted.
You might want to plan on going to the site at least an hour early,
and take a picnic style dinner with you to kill the time before the
show, and you can watch the units march into the ampitheater.
There are lots of things to see and observe in the daytime.
Some conservation areas have been open to visitors in the past.
They are generally lots of displays on the merit badge midway,
but as mentioned, you may need Jambo ID, for many areas. In the
past, patches and almost anything else gets traded, but every year
there are more and more restictions, and limits being placed on
patch trading. It was always fun to trade Council patches. My
son will be in one troop from Western NY, so if we get any updates
on the schedules, I can let you know. However, I have had
experiences with 6 National and two world Jambos, and the best
way to experience a National Jambo is to be an official participant!
Visitors are second class people! And "illegal" patch traders have
been throw out of AP Hill! If you are going to VISIT, you may want
to see if you council has a copy of the rules and policies for visitors!
They don't make it easy for scouts to visit for free, when all the
participants, and even volunteer staff have to PAY! It can be a
fine experience for Cubs and young scouts, but just don't expect to
be welcomed with open arms. And expect to stand in lines for everything!
Don Izard, scouting since '57
first Jambo visit '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City