Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Jamborees in Other Countries
Jamborees in Other Countries
Turba, Thomas N
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 17:44:19 -0500
Several people have asked me:
>How do you find out about other countries Jamborees?
There are several ways in which this is done. One is simply to use this
The message from Jim Carter about the provincial Jamborees in Canada is
a good example. The SaMaJam '99 (Saskatchewan-Manitoba Jamboree),
about an 800 mile drive (i.e., within reasonable driving distance) from
St. Paul is one that I think there will be some people here interested
in. I have not had it on my list before, but we had about 150 people go
to CJ'97, which was just across the border from Northern Minnesota in
1997. They all had a great time, at a reasonable cost, and I am sure
many would like to go to another one.
Another example of using this list is that I sent out a message in March
asking "I am looking for dates and places where future national
jamborees will be held in the northern hemisphere that are in 1999 or
beyond." I got a number of replies. An example of one of them was from
Roger Phillips, who told me about CAMPDOWNE 2000 in England, which is
another Jamboree that I think we will have considerable interest in. At
least, people have already called me about it now that I have put it in
our list of possible future activities.
Another place to look for other countries Jamborees is at the web site
for the World Scout Organization, "http://www.scout.org". They have a
list of world Scouting events. Unfortunately, it is not as complete as
it could be, nor does it have a good set of links. This is where I
first ran across information on the 1999 Iceland Jamboree. However, it
says virtually nothing except the country and dates. There are no links
Iceland has a very nice web site describing their Jamboree, it's at
"http://www.scout.is/", their main Scout page. I found this by simply
asking a search engine to find references to Iceland Scout Jamboree.
Another way I could have gotten there was to look at the "Organizations"
list at the World site. There are links there for many world
organizations. Most home pages for Scout organization around the world
will have pointers to upcoming events on their main home page. So, this
is also a good place to look, especially if you are interested in
activities in a specific country or region.
Another source of information is simply personal contacts. Gregg Sablic
(also a member of this list, and another International Representative)
was the first to let me know about the Jamboree in Holland next year. I
also found out about the Jamboree in Japan this way a year before they
had it on their web sit. This was because it was held in Akita, a city
where there is a subcampus for a university in Minnesota. One of the
faculty members here called me to tell me about it.
Another way that I find out about other Jamborees is from the national
office in Texas. Periodically, they send International Representatives
a list of Jamborees that are being held around the world. Most of the
entries on this list are ones taken from the World Office list.
However, there are a few for the Caribbean and Americas that never seem
to make it on to the World Office list.
I'm sure there are many other members on this list that have been doing
international activities for some time that can also give pointers on
where to find Jamborees for other countries.
Yours in Scouting,
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota