Re: Cost for International Jamboree - Chile 1998
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 19:26:10 -0600
As Thomas Turba pointed out, you can do a great deal of international
adventure for much less than the cost of the World Jamboree.
In 1985 our troop spent 6 weeks in europe for $1600.
We visited the recent National Jamboree, toured D.C., camped on an ocean
beach, rafted in West Virginia, etc., for a total cost of $280. Most of
the boys we took couldn't have afforded attending with the official council
contingent fee of $1100.
I would consider enjoying the World Jamboree as a day visitor, followed by
an independent tour of Chile for a much smaller fee, if that is posssible.
The boys can then afford a trip to Philmont, Florida Sea Base, and Sommers
Canoe Base, all three with the money they save.
In possible defense of national, I believe U.S. Scouts pay a higher fee
to help offset the costs of Scouts coming from poorer nations. At least
that's what I remember hearing somewhere. I can't swear that's true.
Even still, the BSA is pricing any Jamboree experience out of the reach
of the average Scout. I believe the 9th point of the Scout Law, a Scout is
Thrifty, needs to be followed a little closer at our regional offices.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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