RE: Re: Cubs at the Jamboree
Wed, 17 Jun 1992 14:38:00 PDT
For Don Izard -
Maybe you're right that a Jambo won't hurt a Cub's interest in Scouting. I
think the key to your own visit was that your family was actively involved
throughout your cub days, and that visiting Jamboree was only a small part of
your vacation. As long as the Cubs aren't there all the time trying to pretend
that they're already big kids, it's probably a great opportunity.
You do bring back some great flashbacks. I worked on the Jambo-West staff
in '73 (and remember the shocked looks on lots of kids faces when we greeted
the incoming buses with "Welcome to Jamboree-East!"), and again in '77 at
infamous MoreRain State Park, Pennsylvania. I got to escort Bob Hope for part
of his '73 visit. Quite a thrill. But at the other extreme, I was one of the
first on the scene of our lightning strike fatality in '77.
Jamboree is definitely the top experience of my Scouting life. Beats even
Philmont. For 10 days in '73, we were the third largest city in Idaho. And
the morning after Jambo closed down, I remember tears in my eyes looking over
acres of empty land neatly broken up only by the world's flimsiest porta-
potties and showers whose water supply came from the arctic!
Good luck in '93! And thanks for the memories.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City