scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Jambo 2001
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Wed May 24 2000 - 11:55:40 CDT
"Michael A. Golrick" wrote:
> Paul Wolf wrote:
> > Youth Staff must have been born between 8/1/1980 and 7/23/1985.
> > Adult Staff must have been born before 7/23/1980.
> And what about boys like mine who were born between 7/23/1980 and
> 8/1/1980? I have a son who was born on July 27, 1980. What is the
> answer. (I thought about this when I first saw these dates printed by
> my council, and no one has the answer!)
I really don't know how many people it has affected like your son. It's
possible that they are handling it on a case by case basis, but I really
don't have an answer either.
It was something I brought up on the Jambo2001 e-mail list as soon as I
saw my first staff application form, months ago.
It does seem like a Catch-22, but I do understand the reasoning.
It's one of those "Damned if you do and damned if you don't" rules that
fall out of the Youth Protection requirements. A Youth must be a youth
(i.e. <21) for the entire Jamboree and an Adult must be an adult (i.e.
>21) for the entire Jamboree, in order to HOUSE only youth with youth and adults with adults at all times. But I'm sure that someone like your son, who is turning 21 DURING Jambo feels that he IS an adult.
I feel they should have left the youth rule as is, and changed the rule
for adults to read "anyone born before 8/1/80" (i.e. >21 when Jambo
ends.) Since for everything EXCEPT Jambo staff and membership in OA or
in Venturing, Adult is considered to be age 18 anyway, having a rule
that says "For Jamboree, Adult is to be considered anyone who is or will
be over age 21 on the last day of the Jamboree" would seem to be an
acceptable method of handling the issue. (Of course that also means
that those few people currently in the Catch-22 situation, if allowed to
serve, will be forced to pay the higher, adult, rate.)
If your son wants to serve on staff, My suggestion would be to call the
National office and pose the question directly to the staff planning the
Jambo. I'd be willing to bet the same issue came up in previous
Jamborees, but I don't know how they handled it.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org