Re: National Jamboree
Tue, 24 Oct 1995 03:03:07 -0500
Peter Murphy wrote:
>What kind of budget per Scout should I set in planning for our Troop
>to attend the next National Jamboree? How long does a National
The BSA National Jamborees are set for a ten-day window, of which eight of
the days are actual program days and the day at the front and back end are for
adminstrative things (travel, set-up/tear-down, purchase of leftover
materials and items if they are available, etc.).
Because of the experience of the last three National Jamborees, in which
units came to "visit" for an extended period, expect that with this coming
Jamboree, that there will be STRICT guidance on just how many days
consitutes a "visit" to the Jamboree. For insurance and programing reasons,
visitors aren't *supposed*
to participate in the official program of the Jamboree, with the exception
of the opening and closing shows. Therefore, plan on your actual "visit" to be
realistically no more than three days in lenght on the Jamboree site.
Also, do not plan on doing any camping anywhere around the Jamboree site.
This has been one of the sorest parts of the Jamboree. Imagine as a
participant spending close to $1200 to travel, participate and receive
special insignia for your participation. Then, finding out that one of your
sister Troops spent the entire week and a half in a KOA 60 miles from the
Jamboree site, that they came and went every day and were somehow allowed to
"participate" with the rest of the official participants, and finally, that
through patch trading and swapping that they received the same official
items you had to pay for.
Expect that the "50 mile radius" prohibition of camping for visiting
Jamboree units to be extended, and that a better coordination will be made
campgrounds to keep Scouts and Scouters wanting to "hobo-in" on the Jamboree
out. It won't happen, because of the great American desire to turn a buck!
But a better effort will be made this time around!
Don and a couple others have already answered the question about the costs, so
I won't repeat that or their information concerning the Council's contigent(s)
to the Jamboree. Expect that those Jamboree Troops be somewhat smaller than
the past Jamborees, and that a more concerted effort from the National level
downward to involve more Scouts and Scouters of "color" to participate. One of
the observations made during the last Jamboree was that although the BSA does
a good job with getting women and members of minority racial and ethnic
groups to serve on youth or adult staff, the numbers of minority youth
last Jamboree was A LOT less than the past two times, even though there was an
increase in minority group visitations to the Jamboree over the past two times.
Finally, make sure that you file a National Tour Permit and indicate that your
Troop is visiting the National Scout Jamboree. This will become important this
go-around; more than the in past. The word is that the Tour Permit will be used
to gain access to the Jamboree grounds for visiting units, and those units
"driving up" without one, will find themselves unable to visit anything
except the opening and closing arena shows.
Hope this helps!
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