Re: Last Jamboree Participant Update
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 16 Aug 1993 09:58:08 EDT
HELLO group! I thought I would take a break from reading my 226 mail
messages (not all from scouts-l), and send my two cents about the
93 BSA Jambo 93. It was a wonderful experience for everyone! There
were some problems and some areas were short on staff, but in the
end, about 35,000 scouts had a good Jamboree, even with the flood.
The scouts from St Louis came prepared and already had the model of
the arch "sandbagged".! Elvis was also at the JAMBOREE!
I worked in an Action Center which was staffed from all over the country!
I worked 12 hours a day with a Council Commissioner from Macon Georgia,
plus some DE's, one SE, and even a Council president, and even one or
two that wore GOLD sholder tabs to the closing show! And I mean WORKED!
We were all there to make sure the jambo was fun for the scouts, and I
think our area ran over 16,000 scouts throught the Bike motocross event.
Safty was our objective, but we still had a few scouts that would not
follow the rules, and at last report, there was two posible fractures.
One of the more UGLY incidents was a bad CUT from the lid of a SPREADIBLE.
We had two cuts in our area from the LUNCH cans, and heard several reports
of others. Maybe LUNCH was the most dangerous part of the jambo?
I got to the scouts-l meeting late since I had to work until about 8:30
each night that the action centers were open, but I still got to meet a few
faces. I saw a lot of neet patches being traded, but mostly only the
scouts had them. I hiked about 3.5 miles (one way) on my day off to try
to trade for a certain NEW OA flap, however, none of the leaders in camp
were OA members, or did not have any to trade. BUT, I later sent my son
over to get one. On the trading note, one person was arrested as per the
Richmond paper, for dealing counterfit patches! He was chraged with a
federal offence since it was on a US military base. THERE were lots!!!
of people trading FAKE pathces!!! (many were youth, as designated by BSA)
The worst RIP OFF, was the PYROTECHNICS STAFF patch. According to the
support crew for the fireworks, THEY WAS NO SUCH official PATCH MADE!!!!
STAFF pathces are a HOT ticket, and many people were taken! The rule that
BSA has about YOUTH trading with ADULTS does not protect from FAKES.
If the BSA would allow recognition of the National and International
scout traders groups, and have those people help to montior the trading,
scouts and adults could LEARN a lot about trading, and how to spot FAKES
and what to do IF you get taken by a FAKE trader. Other HOT patches
were the Snake River Jamboree council patch, with a large SNAKE, the Utah
national Parks with Dinosaur, the SW Florida, with the Panther/couger,
and the Dr Seuss memorial, with the Cat in the Hat, the Grintch, and
SAM I AM. (I did not get any of them :( , and I had to trade just to
get one from my own council)
All in all the 93 Jamboree experience was a great time for everyone.
There were also 60 foreign countries represented, INCLUDING Siberia!!!
The next BSA jambo in 1997 will be back at A.P Hill, but the 95 World
and CO-ED international JAMBO will be in Holland in 1995. I plan to
have my appication in EARLY for both!
93 BSA Jamboree, Action Center C staff
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City