Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: World Jamboree in the U.S.?
Re: World Jamboree in the U.S.?
John and Bernadette Curry
Wed, 4 Nov 1998 14:54:51 -0500
< Various snips from Bruce McCrea>
The potential conflict of deciding which Scouts and leaders would be chosen
to make up the U.S. contingent to a World Jamboree at A.P. Hill is another
reason why we will probably never see a World Jamboree there
no matter what criteria would be set up to determine which U.S. Scouts and
leaders could participate in a World Jamboree in the U.S., there would be
many U.S. Scouts and leaders who would be disappointed and angry because
they would be unable to participate.
WOSM decided that no more than 10% of the participants in a World Jamboree
can come from one country. That rule makes a World Jamboree a truly world
gathering which is not dominated by any one country
I confess that as a Cub Leader, I have no idea how a decision on who can
attend any World Jamboree (or National Jamboree for that matter) is made.
The 10% rule seems good to me - we should be sending the best of the best
instead of the best of the ones who can afford it. I trust we are. So we
would have to "Do Our Best" to select the absolute best of the US best -
Ya win some, ya loose some. Lots will be disappointed, many angry,
especially with a Jamboree so "close" you can practically touch it. It is a
In light of so many communities and/or organizations eliminating competition
so that no one has to loose, it's a good thing the rest of the world doesn't
shy away from competition or there would be no more World Jamborees!
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