Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Canadian Jamboree
Frank N. Potter
Sun, 6 Jun 1999 15:15:31 -0600
I am reposting this message on the US List because there are a number of
Canadians who are members of the list service and this list service has a
wonderful archive. So, if you have an interest in Canadian Jamborees, read
on. If not, see you at the next world jamboree!
Reposted from Canadian Scout List
My troop is starting to consider the merits of going to Canadian Jamboree
2001 (CJ'01). I am leading an ad hoc group that will explore the benefits,
costs and logistics of going. Some of the questions that have come to mind
include the following:
> Disbelief that a troop from a lower middle class community can raise the
money to send the kids and buy the equipment for a CJ.
> What is the relative worth of going to a jamboree? For example,
suggestions were made to exchange with a British or American Troop instead
of a Jamboree.
> Concerns about how to organize the structure around such a venture.
Equity in fundraising parents who don't pay and last minute dropouts.
As part of my analysis, I want to survey other troops from out west that
made the trek to Thunder Bay and get their opinions.
So, if you went to CJ'97 and resided West of Manitoba, please respond
either to the forum or to me in private (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the following
questions. I will accept submissions for about a week and then will post
the results about mid-June to the forum.
Thanks in Advance!
1. When did you decide to go to CJ?
2. What was the average or typical cost per child/adult?
3. Of this cost, what percentage did the parents pay and how much were you
able to fund raise?
4. How would you generally categorize your troop's average socioeconomic
situation: lower middle class, middle class, upper class, or other (please
5. Did you establish an agreement with the parents/leaders that governed
such things as withdrawals or fundraising commitments? Were these
agreements in writing and are you willing to share a sample.
6. How much was your group committee involved in the CJ preparations? Did
you form a separate parents association to fundraise and organize CJ?
7. Did you make major equipment purchases for CJ, if so what were they?
8. Did you make your own travel arrangements or book through Scouts Canada?
Would you do the same again?
9. Did you have any difficult children/parents? What was the difficulty
and how did you deal with it? (If this was the case, please email me
privately and in confidence).
10. Outside of fundraising, how much preparation did you do for CJ? For
example, developing camping and camp craft skills, team and leadership
skills building, scenario planning for things like homesickness or
11. In retrospect - was it worth it?
12. Do you have any other comments or suggestions for a troop making its
first jamboree trek?