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  1. I've had enough of the over the top hype being communicated about this Jamboree. It's time that we started to get some solid information and instruction passed along to us. To say it simply, my comfort level is low and getting lower! National needs to park the PR machine. The Jambo website has nothing but hype, the leaders guide is pitifully puny, and the leaders are frustratingly uninformed. As a parent of a Scout who plans to go, and past Jambo leader myself, I am really very concerned. It seems to me that National has not moved beyond the "sales" phase of this event. Yes, yes, I've he
  2. LETS GET Back to the Topic............... We paid $1500. Youth and Adults paid the same price. Included was the following: Jambo Fee Daypack,2 tee shirts, water bottle, patches, hats Bus transportation to and from Long Island 2 nights in a hotel + meals with 1 1/2 days in DC (No formal agenda). Basic Council owned Jambo gear (tents, patrol boxes, stoves, tables, tarps, etc....) Gear transported both ways by volunteer driven rental trucks.
  3. We went to the Jambo with 5 contingent troops. A very good turnout for our council. But many of the scouts who came lacked the skills, maturity, and initiative to function in the patrol environment that is so much a part of the Jamboree experience. We had kids with issues, kids that were simply too young, and kids that actively avoided doing any work in the campsite. As I'm sure you all know, this results in more work for the kids who have the ability to get the job done. The bottom line is that we had more than one boy have his Jambo experience ruined because his patrol was totally dys
  4. The booing was an interesting phenomenon. As the video taped message started, ALL of the participants, staff and visitors stood in respect for the President. Only after he started to speak did the booing start. It was spontaneous, loud, and heard from all corners of the Arena. The message was clear, "We respect you Mr. President, but we are profoundly insulted by your decision to stay away". I voted for the guy, but I am now convinced that he has sealed his fate and will be looking for a new job in two years.
  5. OK so how do you wear a Powderhorn device on the new uniform. There are no buttons on the left pocket. I suspect that I have sew a button on the pocket. Is this correct.
  6. From my perspective, everything involving the jambo med forms is incompetent! For those of you that don't know this, BSA contracted out for the med form distribution, acceptance, review, and approvals. All correspondence and communication concerning jambo med forms is being done by a contractor. The initial distribution was a farce, the review so far has been a farce, the updates and resubmissions have been a farce, and I suspect that the final approvals will be a farce. With two weeks to go, we still don't know anything about the resubmissions that were made. Adults are still being rejected a
  7. I recently received an email saying that the site would be "blanketed" with WiFi. Of course BSA will most likely make us pay $$$ for it. foto
  8. The inspection sheet makes my point. On the inspection sheet they show that the center of the shoulder aligns with the center of the pocket on the left sleeve. In reality, it does not.
  9. Ok so I'm finally getting around to buying a new uniform. The BSA literature shows the Left Sleeve patches aligned with the center of the shoulder seam on top, AND, centered on the small pocket below. Very nice except that the pocket is not aligned with the shoulder seam. The pocket is slightly forward of the shoulder seam. I have four of these shirts, and each is the same. So where do the patches really go? foto
  10. Does anyone know if there will be WiFi available at the Jambo ????????
  11. Here is the link to the menu page for anyone that's interrested. http://www.bsajamboree.org/Food/PatrolMenu.aspx
  12. Early literature said that the Jambo menus would be available in March. Has anyone seen it yet????????
  13. The leaders guide gives this job a very brief and uninformative description. Can anyone provide some detail as to how this job works, and how much of the boys experience at the Jambo depend on this job getting done well? Thanks, foto
  14. On a similar related thought. I've always believe the scouting is about new experiences and new challenges. Kids want and need those two things. If you continue to go to the same camp, year after year, where are the new experiences, new challenges, and new adventures. It's no surprise that Troops going to the same camp year after year see one of two things happen. They see reduced numbers of older boys going to camp, and/or, they begin to have more problems with the older boys that do go to camp. We do a week at our own camp and a week at some other different camp each year. For us
  15. Like many others I believe in supporting your council camp. If you don't then who would you expect to do so? However, that only goes so far. You did not tell us if your troop also does a second week of camp for the older boys. Some type of high adventure week. Without knowing that bit of information it's hard to give you an answer. But, if this one week is the only week of camp that you do, then the answer is right in front of you, and you already know the answer. Your older boys are bored with camp after three years and see no reason to go back again. So it's time to do some homewo
  16. From what you've told us, it seems that the boy's every thought is consumed with firing the gun then reveling in the aftermath. To me this is obsessive beyond what might be called a phase. If I were you, I would ask the Cubmaster or CC to join me in a conversation with the parent. foto
  17. Our Council is conducting an interview process. It's kind of hokey, but I don't know how else they'd do it. Anyway, I'm curious about how other councils are making the selection. Foto
  18. Here is my all time favorite........... One evening after having hobo meals for dinner one of my cub scouts made the following exclamation, "If this is how hobos eat, I want to be a hobe when I grow up!!!!"
  19. 10 scouter's would probably answer this question 10 different ways. Then there are the people that go to the same camp every year, and in all likelihood would frame their answer in the context of the only camp they know of !! I think staff and program hold an equal place at the top of the list. The staff has to be friendly, welcoming, and capable, from the youngest to the most senior! I've been to camps where after 3-4 days in a MB class, the scouts still don't know the councilors name. To me that's a red flag and it tells me that the councilor is not interacting with the scouts.
  20. Find another Charter Organization and shift everyone to the new CO.
  21. Yes, I would agree that they are skewed by LDS. But even so, at 14-15 most active scouts who have attended summer camp should be about there.
  22. There is a story that Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City and one of the wealthy men in the world, may have been the youngest Eagle Scout on record. Your committee and scoutmaster have no right to withhold your boys rank. TAKE THIS TO YOUR SCOUT EXECUTIVE AND IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, TAKE IT TO YOUR EXECUTIVE BOARD. And by the way, your son at 14.5 years old, is not so young. The national average for Eagale Scouts is 13.7 years old (maybe 13.3).(This message has been edited by fotoscout)
  23. So here's my bend on this thing....... Because this was intentional, manipulative, and some might say malicious, I think that the boys should have been sent home or suspended from the troop for 4-6 months. Severe, yes, but the message should be loud and clear. This kind of behavior is what sets the culture for a troop. If we let these boys get off with just a slap of the wrist, then everyone else will begin to think that they too can shuck their responsibilities and commitments. What did the younger scouts learn from this? Then there is another part of this that bothers me. I don't
  24. From what we've been told here in this forum, the boy is severely allergic. For the boy, this is a life and death issue. I don't think it's the time to play scout and worry about the patrol method. My son has a classmate who has a severe peanut allergy. One day a boy sitting at the lunch table with the boy opened a snickers bar. Within minutes the boy with the allergy ended up in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. This is very real for some people and it is not something to take lightly.
  25. There seems to be no question that this boy should bring his own food. It should be kept in a separate location from the rest of the troops food, and not handled by anyone other that the boy and maybe one other adult. He may also need or want to bring his own cooking utensils and pots...etc. Even washing his cooking gear can be a problem. I would think that his gear should be washed first before anyone contaminates the wash water. But I think that this is the easy part. My question would be this........how do you handle his tent mate who just sat around the campfire eating a bag of peanu
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