Right Age for Jamboree
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Fri, 7 Aug 1992 18:44:00 MST
In response to my description of Jamboree trips in different capacities I
was ask "What is the right age?"
There are several answers to this question.
1. 13 was right because I was able to attend two National Jamborees as a
2. 13 was right for me because I could begin to deal with what was going on
at the Jamboree without it being totally beyond my grasp to get a good full
experience out of it. 17 was good because by then I was an old hand, I
knew my stuff well and was (I feel) a positive addition to the Jamboree
staff and I got a lot out of the experience.
The "right age" to attend a Jamboree really depends on the maturity of the
person going. Unfortnatually these things only happen every four years.
If I was 12 years old when the first one happened, I probably would not
have gone and would have had only one complete National Jamboree
Experience. That in my mind would have been a wrong age for me. However,
12 year olds have gone to Jamborees. I beleive it was 1973 when they
allowed any chartered troop to come (Not just council contigents). There
were a lot of young scouts at that Jamboree and I remember some related
I do remember for the 1969 Jamboree we had to be First Class. That was one
measure of our maturity that they were able to use.
Remember, age should not always be the deciding factor, there are other
factors such as maturity, physical condition which can decide who should
and should not do certain activities. Sometimes that gets to be subjective
which can get us in trouble with the "your discriminating crowd", but I
still think these things should be considered. Otherwise some people might
miss out on some great activities and some people who have no business
being in the middle of something they should not be in, are not.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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