Re: Cost for International Jamboree - Chile 1998
Turba, Thomas N (Thomas.Turba@UNISYS.COM)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 11:59:39 -0500
>The cost of over $4,000 seems a bit out
>of line to me.
I agree with Bob Taschler.
Back in March after I saw the draft budget figures for US Scouts
attending the World Jamboree I wrote a four-page letter to the Central
Region office, which was passed on to National. Some of the points I
brought up were that:
The cost for British Scouts was less than 4,000 US dollars even though
they had a transatlantic flight and were staying longer in Costa Rica.
The cost for Canadian Scouts was less than 3,000 US dollars even though
they had extra time in Chile.
The cost for the four-day land package in Costa Rica was more than
Indianhead Council Scouts paid for a two-week trip (including airfare)
The budgeted cost for airfare was $700 more than I could book it for
today and $800 more than what it cost us to fly to Bolivia for the Pan
The program fee cost was more than double the actual fee cost even if
you take off $100 per person for a tent.
I told them it would be good to see the actual cost figures. They have
not been sent me any more budget figures.
One thing they did, however, was to provide a $3,455 Jamboree option for
Central Region Scouts who will spend a day sightseeing in Chile rather
than spend four days in Costa Rica on the way back.
I still plan on attending the World Jamboree and sent in my application
long ago. The unfortunate thing is that there are very few Scouts that
can afford it.
Last year I took a group of Scouts to the Czech Republic for 2 & 1/2
weeks. We stayed at one of their Scout camps and had home stays. The
cost was $1,250 per person, but we got a donation for youth, so youth
cost was only $750.
This year our two week exchange trip to Costa Rica is costing $950.
They will be camping on the beach and in the mountains as well as having
homestays with Scouts. The cost is expected to be the same next year.
Next year we will have a two week Scout trip to Bulgaria. It is
estimated to cost $1,450 per person. We are also hosting Scouts from
Argentina in the summer and expect a return trip to cost participants
about $1,500. We are also putting together a contingent for the
Japanese National Jamboree in Akita (where the University of Minnesota
has a campus). Cost for that is expected to be about $2,500.
There are lots of fun international Scouting trips that can be done for
much less than the World Jamboree. They are not quite the same
experience, but they are much more affordable.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota
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