Re: National Jamboree questions
Ben Parker (bparker@INTERACCESS.COM)
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 21:39:29 +0000
On Wed, 23 Oct 1996 23:26:55 +0000, Steve Tobin <email@example.com>
>1. I understand a troop or group of scouts from different troops
>going to the Jamboree as visitors needs a national tour permit (500
Yes, if they are over 500 miles. If less than 500 miles, only a local
council tour permit is necessary.
>If they are not a council contingent, they won't be allowed to
>stay within 50 miles of the Jamboree.
True as well. Basically, National tries to discourage groups of Scouts
from staying nearby, and 'cashing in' on the Jambo activities ,but who
are not actually registered as Jambo participants. Individaul scouts and
families are welcomed. As a practical matter, if you don't have your
reservations by now, you may not be able to find a place within 50 miles
anyway, unless you have relatives. Camping spots do book up a year in
>I have been told that national
>will not issue a tour permit for a scout group to go to the Jamboree
>independently, 50 miles or not.
You can probably get it done, but it will be scrutinized VERY closely and
you can expect some degree of hassle over it. You will need good
>2. What are the limitations on visiting scouts?
Come in the morning (8:00am or 9:00am) stay until 5:00pm (unless day of
arena show, then stay until 10:00pm or after show). Visitors may not
dress in Jambo uniform, but can wear their uniform otherwise. Can visit
displays, trading posts, info booths, arena show(s). Visitors may NOT
participate in activity areas like BMX, Scuba, Merit Badge Midway,
Challenge courses, Rappelling, etc. Patch trading may be allowed.
>3. Is the jamboree experience _really_ worth the expense and hassle,
I've been to 2 and would love to go again. Your mileage may vary.
Incidentally, if you are planning to take a group of scouts there for a
week and stay outside nearby, you will find the total cost will be very
similar to whatever your Council's contingent fee is. (Unless your
Council is doing an extensive tour before/after Jambo, but that's an
important part of the experience too.) You'll find the prices are not
inflated for what you get.
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