Visiting the Jambo
Mike Schatzberg (Mike_Schatzberg.Q#u#Z@M1MAIL.SBI.COM)
Mon, 15 Mar 1993 13:59:31 U
Subject: Time:11:33 AM
OFFICE MEMO Visiting the Jambo Date:3/15/93
Some notes regarding visiting the Jamboree:
About 34,000 people will attend the 1993 Jamboree. Attendees will be divided
into six regional encampments and then into 19 subcamps. A subcamp will have
30 - 35 Troops, each of which has 4 adult leaders and 36 Scouts. Staff will
live outside the subcamps all over the site. A hospital and dental facility
will be staffed and running for the entire event, along with fire, police,
newspaper, AM and FM radio stations and more Scout events than you can imagine.
A bus system will provide shuttle service as well.
>From the Jamboree Staff Guide:
"A policy has been established that ther shall be no visiting UNITS of the Boy
Scouts of America in living quarters adjacent to the jamboree area. This means
that no hotels, motels, military facilities, public or private camping places,
or local council camps within 50 miles of the jamboree site will be available
to visiting units for living purposes."
I take this to mean that a day visit of less than a unit (troop, pack, post),
is OK, but they would discourage a unit making motel reservations and showing
up for a few days. Hotels & motels within an hour of the Jambo site are
probably sold out already anyway.
You may visit any day from Aug. 4 through Aug. 10, although I would agree that
show days and the middle Saturday will be brutal due to the almost doubling of
the population (up to 70,000 people). Hours are from 9AM to 5PM, except for
Aug. 4 & 8, which are 9AM to 11PM. Show days typically have a 3 hour wait to
enter the grounds.
The Public Reception Service can tell you where any individual is living on the
grounds. Remember that they may be anywhere in about a 12 square mile area, so
finding a Troop site is easy, but unless prior arrangement is made ("meet me at
Trading Post B, by the pay phones" or "meet me at my site at dinner time")
finding an individual may be difficult.
The trading posts will serve burgers/hot dogs/fries/soda type of meals, but
lines can get very long at times. Also at the trading posts are souvenirs
(paperweights, bolo ties, belt buckles, post cards), film, batteries as well as
hats, belts and other Scout supplies.
A postal substation is next to each trading post and will cash money orders,
sell stamps and handle other typical pos office chores.
Pay phones are distributed around the site as are soda machines. In 1989 over
1,000,000 cans of soda were sold. If you visit, you MUST have something to
drink for each person. Water is a better suggestion than soda. Temperatures
and humidity suggest that a canteen be brought with each person.
The Jamboree newspaper (Jamboree Today) is published in a construction trailer
located in the Longstreet area off Lee drive and near Trading Post C. Due to
constricted quarters, it is usually impossible to bring a group through the
trailer, but I would like to say hello, so stop by, if you can. The radio
stations and Hometown News are also in this area (Public Realtions) as well.
We're just a short walk from Main Parking.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Mike Schatzberg, Salomon Inc, 745 Route 3, Rutherford, NJ 07070 USA
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