Cost of the World Jamboree
Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 10:58:44 EST
There are several factors for the extraordinary cost to attend the
Jamboree in Chile.
1) You are a USonian, a citizen of the nation with the greatest GDP.
While at the Canadian Jamboree the info being passed out was that
there was a teired fee structure based on the wealth of nations.
This makes it "easier" for national contingents from poorer nations
to be subsidixed by the contingents of the richer ones. The obvious
problem with this is that it is likely cause the exclusion of the
poorer Scouts from wealthier nations.
2) Add-on by BSA to fund its "administrative" expenses. "who in their
right minds would purchase camping equipment from BSA based on a
quality to cost basis)?
As Bob Taschler pointed out doing the "grand tour" costs less. From my
personal experience with my wife and 21 days in Turkey the cost was less than
$4,000 including 11 days in their cheapest rent-a-car ($55 per day), and 25% of
that time in 5 star hotels. Jamborees costs do not compute!!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City