Timely, effective communication is essential to a successful Jamboree experience. Efforts to transform how staff, participants, leaders and guests are informed have been improving since the close of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and have taken an additional step forward this month with the launch of JamboLink.
JamboLink is the location for all news leading up to and through the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. JamboLink is a multi-platform experience, designed to provide the most up-to-date information in the most convenient way possible for everyone.
A special section of the official BSA Summit Bechtel Reserve website, www.2017jambo.org, will host all of the exclusive content created for JamboLink. Additional opportunities to connect with JamboLink will exist on many other platforms:
Monthly staff email updates have already begun to keep the team of volunteers leading the 2017 National Scout Jamboree informed. In early 2017, monthly updates will be expanded to include leaders from each council, and as the Jamboree nears, participants will be included, as well. During the Jamboree itself, staff and leaders will receive morning email updates before breakfast each day.
Special accounts have been created for JamboLink on each of the leading social networks – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – with the handle @2017jambo. Those attending the Jamboree should start following them immediately, as they’ll be the fastest way to keep on top of program opportunities and news updates during the Jamboree. Incredible new features like live-updated wait times for Adventure areas will make participating in the entire Jamboree easier than ever. During the Jamboree itself, a Snapchat account – @jambo2017 – will be used to share video updates exclusive to Snapchatters.
Streaming video will be provided to both inform and entertain during the Jamboree itself. Simultaneous with daily program, streams of special visitors to Summit Center or exclusive program opportunities will be shared to entertain those in queue for their next activity, and to allow remote participation for some activities. Each evening, a short “late night” show will be streamed full of special guests and updates for the days program. These shows will provide a great opportunity to gather by troop or patrol around a device, connect with the rest of the Jamboree, and prepare for the following day.
The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will feature more charging capacity than ever before. Staff, participants and leaders are encouraged to bring a solar charger with them as well – it would be a shame to miss out on any of these opportunities due to a low battery!