Jambo Vs Philmont
Scott Begin (70334.376@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 18 Jun 1992 00:19:05 EDT
Sean Keeler writes:
> Jamboree is definitely the top experience of my Scouting life. Beats even
I beg to differ.
I was a participant in 1985, and although I enjoyed the event, I enjoyed
Philmont much more (even before I was a staff member). They attempted to
do computerized scheduling of activities, using requests from patrols. If
I remember correctly, our patrol didn't get many of the activities we
requested, and even then we were scheduled a long walk from our campsite
and we still had to wait longer than we spent at the activity. I ended up
spending much of my time browsing the patch trading areas (I didn't have
much trading stock) and checking out exhibits at the Merit Badge Midway.
On the other hand, on my trip to Philmont, we participated in 90% of the
activities we were promised on our itinerary, got to see some beautiful
country, and the crew worked much better as a team. As I found out while
on staff, scheduling isn't perfect at Philmont, but it is better than what
was done at the Jambo.
This opinion was shared by my tentmate of two years at Philmont, who was
camped adjacent to my campsite at the jamboree 3 years earlier (we didn't
meet until I called to offer him a ride to Philmont for the summer).
I am also of the opinion that my jamboree experience might have been
enhanced with better adult leaders, older scouts in the troop, and more
I wouldn't discourage a scout who had his heart set on attending the
jamboree, but if a scout asked which was better, jambo or Philmont, I
would have recommend Philmont.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Assistant Scoutmaster
70334.376@Compuserve.com Philmont Staff Association
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