What I did at Jambo '89
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@MARS.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Wed, 26 Aug 1992 12:05:17 EDT
With some of the recent postings on the 1993 Jamboree I thought I
would tell some of my experiences as a staff member at the '89 Jamboree.
First off as I and others have said, staff members do pay to be on staff.
This is so the Jamboree can pay for itself, and to keep the costs low for
the youth. Adult staff pay about $400, which I think the participants also
pay, and the youth staff pay $200.
I had the dupious honor of being on trading post staff. And as with many
things in and out of Scouting, there are always people you meet that make
the experience great, and those that don't. That is, I would have had a
great time, but for certain people.
There are three trading posts at the Jamboree. Each one uses two large
circus tents. One for concessions, the other for merchandise. I worked
in merchandise, selling Jambo souveners. There where other sections selling
photo stuff, Scouting catalog stuff, Scouts on Stamps. We worked under the
direction of professions. Some of these people where jerks. After a few
days into the Jamboree, some of the volunteers (which included some council
pros that where there as volunteer staffers) had to have a meeting with these
people to clear some things up. Some of the problems we had was there
attitude. I remember that on the first day at morning assembly we where
harassed to make sure we worked our scheduled times. We hadn't done anything
wrong (yet) but we where treated as if we had.
One big problem with working at the trading post was they where opened from
from 10 to 10 (I think), where as the various activity areas where opened
from 10 to 5. I got sink of meeting people who thought we (the trading post
people) where either a) at the jambo free or b) where paid.
There was no way that I could get involved in the various activities at the
jambo, so I spent time going through the Environment/Conversation area and
trying to hit all the Region HQs to get Regional stuff. The Environmental
area is alot of fun. A variety of groups are there with displays/activities,
many having patches & pins you can earn. I picked up most of them.
At another area NASA had a big display which I went to and so did the National
Park service. I gathered many pamphlets & brochures which I broung home.
(and put to use)
One the Regional stuff, the Regions almost always have stuff specifically for
the jamboree for sale. Also, each subcamp was named for a different space
mission and most regions put out a pin for each subcamp. I tried to get all
these patches and pins, but I had difficulties. Many regions where more than
happy to sell the stuff (they make a profit on it). Others where jerks about
it. Western Region refused to sell anything to non-Western region people.
(I'm from SE). Another regions (I think N Central) sent me away saying they
would be open the next day in 'the afternoon'. When I came back the next
day around 6, they where closed. I tried to get a specific time from them,
but it was like pulling teeth. I was annoyed because as I saw it it was the
afternoon and they should have been open. To me 'the afternoon' runs from
noon to sundown. I guess some people have a different concept of 'afternoon'.
Another big 'problem' at the jamboree was the "patch gestapo". National had
come down with regulations on patch trading which said that kids and adults
could not trade. If they where caught, the Explorer 'guards' would give them
a warning. If it was repeated the guilt parties would be kicked out. Many
people though the rules stupid and idiotic. I know when I went to NOAC in
1990, many wondered if there would be a repeat of this nonscence. I wonder
if they'll do it again in 1993?
Well, that's all I have. I do have a word of advice. If you are going to
Jambo as staff for the first time, talk to someone who's gone. Some of us
in my council did, and got recommendations on stuff to bring that's not in
the staff handbook. Like bikes to get around. A fan and extension cord.
(we stayed in hot army tents) A chair.
If you go you'll have a lot of fun. Just don't let the jerks get you down.
Michael R Brown
Southwest Florida Council, Osceola Lodge 564
1989 Jamboree Trading Post Staff
Hoping to go to the 1993 Jamboree
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