Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Tue, 17 Aug 1993 13:52:45 EDT
Well all these recent postings regarding good & bad impressions of the
Jamboree has spured me to write this.
Some comments first: I`ve attended 3 Jamborees so far:
1981 as a youth particpant and 1989 & 93 as staff. In '89 I was at
Trading Post C, and in 93 I was in Action Center C in Buckskin Games.
DESPITE the problems in 89, I looked forward to being on staff in 93. I
was hoping that some of the problems I had in 89 would be gone, but was
prepared, just in case. And despite the problems in 93, I hope to be on
staff in 97.
I had a lot of fun. I meet a lot of really nice people on staff. I got
to be in the Opening Show in *2* scenes. (I got lucky. Our OA Staff Advisor
was there as part of the Indian Village and asked me to join him and some
others in the Opening Show since I had my Seminole outfit with me). At the
closing I helped the people with the hot-air balloon put them up and take
them down, and got a staff patch for it (which was unexpected and much
appreciated). I had fun in the Conservation area. This year I was able to
get all the patches & pins there.
BUT there were problems. What annoyed me was that many could have been
avoided. Its not like that haven`t done a Jamboree before. They need to
revise how they select staff members. This policy of `new people' first
is a good one, but in my opinion it turns away too many people who we need.
Our area (and MANY MANY others) was understaffed. We were worried that we
might not get ANY time off. We were lucky that we did get some off. Also,
our area did not have all the necessary equipement when we got there, thus we
were working on TUESDAY (when we should have been open to the kids) to finish
getting things set-up. If we had everything we needed, we could have been
done by Saturday. I also got sick of some of the attitudes of some of the
professionals. I get really annoyed about being lectured on `what scouting is'
from a professional who wasn`t even a scout themselves. One incident that
bugged a lot of us was that Action Area C had a staff patch (just as many other
staff areas do). However, they only ordered 300 patches for a staff group
that numbered about 250. Then they sold them at `first-come first-served',
and thus MANY people in Action Center C didn't get one. No-one in Buckskin
Games did. We were very annoyed to learn they had sold 100 to someone who
wasn`t on Action Center C staff. When we asked if they were going to order
more, we were blowen off by the people in charge. I was also annoyed that
they did pre-ordered t-shirts for the Action Centers, but I never saw the
order form dispite the fact that I had been signed-up for the Action Centers
back in September.
These problems may seem petty, but these sorts of things add up. Because of
this, there were several people who were on staff who had no plans whatsoever
to be on staff the next Jamboree.
Well, thats all I can think of at this time.
Any other comments about Jambo 93?
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