Re: Two questions re Jamboree
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Tue, 27 Jul 1993 13:01:14 CDT
Robert Bienkowski <BIENKOWS@QCVAXA.BITNET> writes:
>I'm sending my son off to the Jamboreee this weekend and two questions have
> What is a reasonable amount of money for him to take? I appreciate that
> "reasonable" can mean different things to different folks, but
> how much can a guy (17 years old) without extravagant tastes
> expect to spend each day?
Great question, Bob!! In 1977, my parents sent me to the Jamboree
with $50, telling me that "you're only going to some boy scout camp...
you don't need any more than that..." When I called nine days later
and told them that I needed $40 to buy a new bicycle that they were
selling at surplus, my father sent me another $100 and a note: "We're
sorry that we gave you too little to spend there...we are reading the
papers every day and your columns told everyone what you're doing
there...be careful and don't spend it all in one place!" (I wrote for
the Jamboree Journal and the papers back home as a Hometown News
Reporter...came home with a "Jamboree special edition" Smith-Corona
typewriter (that I still have!) and a great set of clippings from the
papers in Kentucky)
In 1981, I told Explorers at the college I went to that "you need to
bring with you $150, because you'll spend about $15 a day there and
the Jamboree is ten days long...." we went only for the first seven
days, but everyone that came back with us (three stayed to work there
and came back a week and a half later) came home with bills (small
ones, mind you, but bills) in their pockets and lots of "trinkets"
that they bought.
In 1985, I asked parents of the Transatlantic Council's two patrols
that went to the Jamboree with me and another Scouter to "please give
your sons about $200 in travelers checks...and $50 in money. The
Jamboree will accept that travelers checks as cash and there's a bank
at the Jamboree....but NOT, PLEASE DON'T GIVE YOUR SON LARGE BILLS to
carry with him enroute, and PLEASE DON'T GIVE YOUR SON A CREDIT CARD
to carry (and yes, Bob...there's LOTS of parents that do just that and
faint when they see the credit card bill the following month!!).
For this Jamboree, here's a RECOMMENDATION:
* establish a personal checking account for the Scout son for the
duration of the Jamboree. Monies can be easily wired to the account in
the case of "true emergencies"; smaller amounts can be placed in the
account by you; and if you get the kind with the "carbon copies", you
can "track" exactly what he spent on the Jamboree.
* place into the account NO MORE THAN $250. At $25 a day for the ten
day Jamboree, this is MORE than enough to get whatever he wants from
the trading posts, from merchants, and from any other source. (see
"bullet" 6 below!)
* give your Scout son $50-75 on the day of his leaving to cover those
"things I've gotta have" enroute and back from the Jamboree.
(note that I didn't mention food....the Council should be picking up
the tabs for the meals enroute, the Jamboree fee covers the meals he
will be eating at the Jamboree and the Council should be picking up
the tab for the meals on the return end. If the bus stops at McD's on
the way however, he will have to dig into that $50 to get that "mac
and fries" on his own)
* DON'T GIVE HIM A CREDIT CARD OR THE CREDIT CARD NUMBER...the
Jamboree is a CITY of well over 53,000 people....(I did say city).
Therefore, expect some of the "riff-raff" to sneak in there...and
while we would like to believe that all Scouts adhear to the Scout
Oath and Laws, there are some that don't...so why tempt them?
* Make sure that he knows the phone number at home and where you work.
(I asked my TAC Scouts' parents to get one of those AT&T "call home"
cards for their sons...the card allows the Scout to use any of the
thousands of pay phones to call a number direct and be connected to
the number you specify (home, work, a relative, etc.). In that way,
you don't get stuck with too high a phone bill and the Scout is not
scurring around trying to get change to feed the phone with.
* Develop a listing of "things to bring back home" for Scouting
friends and (of course) you....this, you tell him, eats into your
"budget for the Jamboree" (this cuts the amount of the "real money per
day" from $25 to about $12 a day!)
* Finally, don't pester him about the "crap" he brought back from the
Jamboree...my parents did when I went in 1973, and it almost destroyed
my psyche...the Jamboree generates so many "things" that are handed
out, purchased with small amounts, purchased with large amounts,
patches, pins, buckles, teeshirts, hats, sunglasses, mugs, ceramic
"bells", pennats, well..you get the picture...and ALL OF IT IS
IMPORTANT and MEANINGFUL. So if your son buys $43 worth of
"discontinued patches", well....he bought $43 worth of patches...
In addition to the typewriter I brought back (I missed out on the
bicycle by three minutes), I brought back pictures taken from the
blimp "America" of the Jamboree, several really nice jacket patches,
two more complete uniforms, and another pair of shorts. I also brough
back two mugs (one which I gave to my mom, one I kept for myself) and
some really nice "pouch" for my Dad...
(only VISA will know how much I spent on the 1985 Jamboree....)
> My son heard there will fishing opportunities. What kinds of fish?
The ponds in four of the areas as well as the lakes will be stocked
with all kinds of fish....some of the fish are "tagged" so that if the
Scout hooks it, they can take the tag down to one of the Trading
Posts and get a *really nice* prize (like a backpack and frame, or a
BMX bike, or in 1985, a set of all of the Norman Rockwell prints!).
Man...looking forward to all of this myself....one week or so left!
Mike L. Walton
Former Jamboree Scoutmaster (1985), Jamboree participant (73) and
staff member (77)
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