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1 Big Change At The 2013 Jamboree

Jamboree Arena Show
There will be several scheduled events for all Scouts to attend, including the arena show. (Summit Blog Staff Photo)

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree will be full of change. How so, you ask?

Well, let’s take a look at the schedule.

This new model will help Scouts experience everything they want to at the Summit.

“Our model is now intentional and directed, as opposed to participant-passive,” said Larry Pritchard, 2013 jamboree director.

To translate Larry’s adult-speak: Without an organized schedule that lets Scouts know about everything they can do, you can miss a lot of great activities and exhibits. Now, though, jamboree schedules will be organized so you get to try a little bit of everything, but still have plenty of free time to pursue your passion.

A New Model For The Jamboree

All Scouts will already be scheduled for the Day of Giving, a full-day trek to Garden Ground Mountain and 2 adventure activities of their choice.

But don’t worry. Even though that sounds like a lot, you’ll have plenty of free time, as well.

[pullquote]“We’re ensuring that all participants get depth and breadth of experience of what the Summit has to offer.” — Larry Pritchard, 2013 jamboree director[/pullquote]

To start, the activity schedule has been extended by 4 hours every day. That means it will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and there will be plenty of days without anything on the schedule. This will leave more than enough time to check everything out.

Not only that, but the Summit Center will stay open for the Scouts each night after all of the visitors head home.

So, why does this matter?

Well, scheduled activities means better crowd control, shorter lines and more adventure for every Scout and Venturer.  Pretty cool, huh?

“We’re ensuring that all participants get depth and breadth of experience of what the Summit has to offer,” Pritchard said.

Translation for the Scouts: Go big. Get wild.

If you could schedule the perfect day at the jamboree, what would it be?

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