Doug Gentry (dwgentry@NETCOM.COM)
Tue, 28 Nov 1995 08:31:05 -0800
To add to the "Expectations" thread on the Jambo97 list
[For Scouts-L readers, we've been discussing why go to a Jamboree and what
makes it special.]
In my home troop I've taken to thinking about Philmont, Sea Base, the
Jamboree, etc. as lifetime-of-memories events. We try to schedule one of
these each summer. That way, with typical summer schedule conflicts
(summer school, camp staff, Brownsea, etc.) a Scout can probably fit in 1
or 2 of these super activities during his tenure as a Scout.
Each of these events offer a singular set of experiences, challenges, low
points, thrills, and tingle-in-the-spine memories.
For me, the Jamboree means brotherhood. I've watched it develop in both of
our last two trips there. When we gather at the airport to start our trip,
many of the Scouts are self conscious in their uniforms, and cluster
together for security. When we change planes in Chicago, we usually spot
at least one other troop, and "Hey, those guys must be going to the
Jamboree, too!" When we tour Washington, DC, Scouting is everywhere, and
we start noticing different Councils and countries. By the middle of the
Jamboree our Scouting community is complete - we accept each other and look
to each other across all sorts of borders, cultures, and backgrounds.
I love Philmont, too, and often use the same theme when explaining why a
Philmont trek is something more and different than a 50 miler in the Sierra
These experiences are precious, and the fulfillment of providing them for
our guys is unbeatable.
**** P.S. for Scouts-L Readers ****
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discussion among those who will be Jamboree leaders, committee people,
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