Re: Cost for International Jamboree - Chile 1998 (fwd)
Don Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 14:48:05 -0500
MORE THAN WAY OUT OF LINE! For comparison, I contacted the US -
Costa Rican exchange program (on the web http://freenet.buffalo.edu/~cre/
They run a 3 week exchange program with stop over and tours in
Costa Rica, departing from Buffalo NY. Total cost is less than $700!!!
Thats right air fare included, and 3 weeks in Costa Rica for under
IN fact, they may need a few adults to travel to Costa Rica about
the same as the 98 Jamboree! Adults that also spend time as
chaperones for the air travel part of the trip get discounted!
ie less than $700 !!!!
Now I don't know what the Jambobree fee is for CHile, but I
can not believe it should be over $1000.
Some one please explain or justify $4,000 based on the above.
If you want/need more info about the US/CR exhange program
please see the web site: http://freenet.buffalo.edu/~cre/
> >The cost of over $4,000 seems a bit out
> >of line to me.
and then TNT said:
> 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)
> last Dec./Jan.
> 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
> American Jamboree.
> 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
> International Representative
> Indianhead Council, BSA
> St. Paul, Minnesota
> E-mail: Thomas.Turba@Unisys.Com -or-
> E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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