RE: Jamboree Short Answer
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Thu, 25 Mar 1993 18:48:39 CST
Since you won't watch the JAMBO video with me (because every seven
minutes I feel I *must* explain what's going on and where I was when
it happened....hehehe), here's *my* short answer on what a Jamboree is
It's about traveling, to, from and within the Jamboree site (the site
is about as large as Greenwood is). It's about working together to
build campsites, gateways, entire sub-camps and then tearing it down,
piece by piece, with tears in yours and everyone else's eyes.
It's about listening, to old fogeys like me (and older) as we relive
our experiences in this program called Scouting--and talking with
people like me, updating me on how its "all changed since you were in
it". It's about learning new skills at the Merit Badge Midway and at
the various challenge courses. It's about tasting new foods from
Arizona, or New Jersey or Maine and sharing what little food they
allot your Troop with strangers from Missouri, Nepal and South Africa.
It's about trading patches and hat pins and belt buckles and the
memories and stories that went along with them. It's about singing
silly "Less Filling--More Taste" jingles while marching an endless
road to watch and see great name entertainment--and some less famous,
but enjoyable. It's sharing a candle at the end, holding it skyward
as your white hand holds a brown or black or orange arm to keep the
candle upward and seen.
It's about meeting people that you will never see again, on the
average. The "cream of the crop" (or should be) of what our program
has to offer, both youth and adult. People from all walks of life
taking personal and professional (job) time, and all PAYING to be
there. It's about getting up in the morning, hearing the cannon and
placing your hand over your heart as you look at an imaginary flag
being raised in the coolness of that Virginia morning. It's about
listening to your tentmate snore as you recount in your own mind
everything you've done, feel the many slips of paper containing names
and addresses and phone numbers and questions and patch requests and
copies of a poem that you've used to win a ribbon with and paper
wrappers from chewing gum.
It's about drifting off to sleep, wishing to your Savior that this
could go on for weeks instead of ten days. Wishing that every mayor,
every Governor, even the President himself can *see* that people can
work, live, talk, sleep and even dream together with nothing more than
cloth separating them from each other's residence. Wishing that every
man, woman and child could live in such a quiet and calming utopia
that is this National Jamboree.
And it's about praying to be around for the NEXT one, bigger and
better than the previous one.
(this is considered a SHORT answer by most people whom know me!)
Thanks for reminding me about taking you there this summer!
That way, you can answer this question with your *own* memories, even
as a visitor!!
Mike L. Walton
Participant, 1973-East and staff 77, 81, 85 Jamborees; visitor, 89
Greenwood, Kentucky (which is nine miles long and seven miles wide)
( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
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