Re: National Jamboree
Ben Parker (bparker@INTERACCESS.COM)
Sat, 9 Mar 1996 21:47:41 -0600
On Sat, 9 Mar 1996, J. R. Weekley wrote:
> I am curious about the cost of the National Jamboree in 1997. I am
> told that it will cost $1400.00 for boys from the Houston (Sam Houston
> Area Council) area. ...
Every attendee (youth and adult) pays the 'National Fee' of approx $400.
(the past 3 jamboree's this has been $395, I don't know if it still is
for 1997, but it will be close.) This covers your food and activities at
Each Council sets their own fees which includes the 'National Fee', and
additional variable costs such as transportation by air, rail or bus, as
well as any extra touring (visiting historic sites, Washington DC, etc) on
the way to or from the Jamboree (which will include extra meals and may
include nights in hotels, etc depending on what is arranged for your
This does not include personal camping gear, uniforms, expenses, etc.
which are always additional. It usually also does not include the tents,
stoves, cook kits, patrol boxes, etc which each Council usually raises
funds for separately (so the boys don't have to bear the expense).
For example, when I went to the jamboree at Valley Forge in 1964, we had a
special 10 car train (8 troops from Great Salt Lake Council, UT). We
toured extensively, stopping in St. Louis, Chicago (where I now live),
New York, Boston, and Niagara Falls before we got to Valley Forge.
We stopped in Washington DC, Mt. Vernon, Columbus, Dayton, Kansas city,
on the way home. We were gone for almost 5 weeks, only 9-10 days of which
were at the Jamboree itself. Cost was about $600 as I remember...
When I went again in 1989, we flew from Chicago and were bussed directly
from the airport to Jambo. On the way home we did 1 1/2 day bus tour of
Washington DC (one night in hotel) for $750 total. Times (and prices!)
For the best info on the costs for your Council you must ask locally and
get details there, because every Council arranges their own tour differently.
Remember, the Jamboree is a great thing in itself, but the associated
travelling is also part of the total experience.
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