Wed, 18 Aug 1993 04:26:27 EDT
Just a few impressions about the Jambo, and to reply to Adrian G.,
Pab B., and Don I. comments on traffic. I was on transportation staff
at the 81 and 85 Jambos, and a ASM for the OA Service Corp for this one.
I did not attend the 89. I think there was a LOT LESS traffic at this
Jambo than in 81 and 85. I am not sure what you mean by official/personal
vehicles, but there are no official BSA vehicles, personal cars/vans
are used (or issued permits) by staffers to conduct jamboree business.
Therefore you would see staffers driving those vehicles. We had 3 such
permits for our area (all vans, 2 personal, 1 rented) for over 250
youth and adult staff in the Youth Services and our mode of transportation
was in order; walk, bus, bike, and last by van. I am sure there were some
who abused the privilege of their permit, but most was for real jambo
operation. I was given the 15 passenger van for the OA Rendezvous and
was sent out to Southern Region to pickup scouts on crutches and in wheel
chairs. I went out empty and got a lot of nasty comments, made my pickups
and got them to the show. On the return trip down Thomas road to return
my scouts to their region I had a "scouter" punch and dent the van, yelling
that we should walk like everyone else. Beleive me that on the few occasions
that I drove or was a passenger we avoided the roads around TP A & C if at
all possible, even drove on the camp back dirt roads to do so. What I
found really appalling was the number of scouters and some scouts who "knew"
that all that traffic was unneccessary and refused to give way to any
vehcile, including an ambulance with lights on. they finally allowed
about 3 feet after the siren was hit, and were last seen having a talk with
the security folks.
GM (generous motors) used to provide cars for the Jamboree, Olds,Buick &
Pontiacs. These vehicles were driven to the Jambo by the local contingent
and then were available to the transportation section for use at the jambo.
This year only Buick did so, as in 89 the cars were severly trashed, and
at least Olds refused to let us use them this time (I am from Lansing,Mi.
home of Olds). Hopefully we will get them back in 97. The Flint,Mi.
contingent drove 22 Buicks this year, maybe that is was folks thought
were the 'official' vehicles. Another dubious duty, and I had it twice,
was to take a scout around, collect all his belongings, deliever him and his
things to someone who then delievered him to a bus or plane for an early
and unceremonious trip home. These young folks were not allowed to be
unsupervised after they had attained this sorry state, but it required
driving him around to about 4 locations to get his property, and inform
the people he rode with that he would not be here to return with them.
Again I say there were probably some who took a joy ride but none of these
were personal trips, nor were they 'emergencies' requiring lights and horns.
But I did have some fun, although it was TOO Hot and Humid for this
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City