Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Helpful tips
Tue, 8 Jun 1999 22:15:05 EDT
For those on both lists who keep asking, here are some of the tips.
Helpful Jambo tips
- Make sure scouts know how to properly prepare meals so they don't
- Always have the scouts bring drinking water with them whenever they
leave the site.
- Make sure food cleanup is complete.
- Ensure fair duty rosters (scouts and scouters) so everyone can enjoy
- Ensure that the cooks know when to be back at the site to prepare
meals on time
- Transportation is the biggest time waster at the Jambo - plan
- Let the scouts have fun - be friendly - be nice - be a scouter - be a
friend - keep them informed.
- Try to have the scouts plan out a schedule, based on the priority
schedule and stick to it.
- Scouts must set up a coordinated plan to maximize activity and
minimize waiting and travel time.
- Gas lanterns are not permitted.
- Merit Badge Midway is a good place to get out of the rain - and it
- Bring 5 gallon buckets - can be used to store sleeping bag, dry
storage for clean clothes and other gear, stools for sitting.
- Bring a plumber's helper and with a 5 gallon bucket, one can do
laundry - Bring laundry soap.
- Use lockable Rubbermaid storage bins (Roughtote totelockers - 27
gallon or 18.5 gallon size) for personal gear.
- Use padlocks on tent zippers if feasible for added security.
- Assign a color to each troop and a number to each scout and leader to
put on gear to find quickly and know who or what's missing.
- Assigning a roster number speeds formation checkoff.
- Lockable duffel bags can also be useful for packing gear.
- Electric fluorescent lanterns with alkaline lantern batteries should
- Possibly use solar powered fluorescent walkway lights to keep your
campsite softly illuminated for safety and security.
- Make sure scouts have either high bulk acrylic or polypropylene sock
liners to prevent blisters. At least 4 pairs and wash out frequently.
- Make sure you have a propane "T" fitting to work both stoves off 1
20-pound fuel tank.
- Have each scout keep his sleeping bag inside a large plastic garbage
bag or similarity protected in case of heavy rain.
- Keep an eye out for hypothermia, especially after hot weather and a
rain storm drops the temperature.
- If the troop does not use a "bank" (or even with - reduces the amount
of "loose" money), use traveler's checks with picture ID for the scouts.
- Encourage the use of phone cards to be used when calling home.
- $10.00-$15.00 a day is a good budget for the scouts.
- Use a mallet or brick hammer (or any hammer) to pound in 10 penny
metal stakes into the hard Virginia clay
- Be prepared for massive recycling for garbage disposal.
- Expect Rain and plan your personal equipment accordingly.
- Use the pre-Jamboree catalog/flyer to order souvenir items to reduce
the amount of money scouts need on site, keeps the items "nicer" and
reduces the theft problem.
- Mark all clothing - especially socks.
- Have the scouts prepare preaddressed stamped envelopes for sending
- Make sure everyone has a "dirty clothes bag" to keep dirty clothes
away from the clean ones
- Each scout should bring a ground cloth and a cot, use the ground
cloth to set stuff on and place the gnd cloth on top of the cot/sleeping
bag when they are away.
- Add shock cord to the end of fly ropes to help with the wind stress
problem on the stakes.
- Add Velcro strips along a fly side to join the flys together with no
open seam in the middle.
- Use travelers checks with the boys name on them in $20 increments.
- Get photo ID for the Scouts for check cashing.
- Have the scouts use a "neck wallet" to store their money or valuables.
- Use either combination locks or key padlocks to secure duffel bags and
- If you have room, a pair of waterproof high top boots such as "ducks"
are valuable during rainstorms.
- Keep shoes tied, so that socks don't fall down inside shoe to cause
- Make every effort to stay warm and dry after rainstorms.
- Each scout should have a roll of quarters for pop machines,
telephones, etc. (the leaders should have some extra).
- Bring warm clothes for after the rain to prevent hypothermia.
- Bring wide mouth (put in ice) 1-liter water bottle for the hot days -
hang from waist, fanny pack, etc.
- Bring metal tent stakes.
- A small shovel per patrol - heavy duty metal.
- Bring duct tape, small hose clamps and small hack-saw for splintering
and cutting kinks from aluminum tent poles.
- Leaders bring council tax exempt # for gear purchase, if necessary.
- Bring something to sit one for the opening and closing shows - sheet
of plastic, collapsible chairs.
- Put your name, Jambo troop number, home address on everything you own
using waterproof laundry marker pens. Engrave metal/plastic items.
- Bring some coat hangers and a piece of string.
- Leaders, save receipts for tax purposes.
- In case of heavy rain, bring something to take up your time - book,
- Leaders, take a small notebook and jot down all your recommendations
for Jambo improvement. Send to National.
- Bring a roll of TP, just in case supplies get short.
- Stock large fanny or day pack with minor first aid stuff for blisters,
sunburn prevention, map, camera, film, lunch, water bottle, poncho,
trading items, flashlight, etc. Make sure you hang on to it at all
- Bring bike with helmet, lights and chain if possible.
- Pack toiletries together to go - use several small container in case
you leave your shampoo or toothpaste in the latrine/shower room, you
will still have others to use.
- Folding chairs with seatbacks are nice!
- Bring items for giveaways or for trading - handmade are best.
- Wear polypropylene or high bulk acrylic 'wick-dry" socks under the
cotton uniform sock - bring about 4 to six pairs
- Bring spare contacts or eyeglasses and prescription.
- Bring lots of spare trashbags.
- Bring extra rope.
- Put equipment into trashbags before leaving camp to protect against
- Use 5 gal buckets and a plastic sheet with Velcro/tape to form a bath
tub effect inside your tent to stay dry and clean. (buckets in the 4
corners of the tent)
- Bring a disposable, panoramic camera.
Assorted sizs Zip Lock Bags - Gallon
Assorted Heavy Duty (Freezer) Zip lock bags.
Extra pens & penciles with name & address on them - Pre printed give aways