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10 Things All Jamboree Staff Members Should Know

Now that all the staff has made it to the 2017 National Jamboree, the Summit is full of enthusiasm. However, staff members should remember a few key things while having fun.


  1. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is vital when trying to do the best job possible. If water doesn’t have a taste to your liking, flavor packets are a great alternative to keep your taste buds excited and body healthy.
  2. Stay energized. Eating enough food throughout the day is a simple way to get all the energy necessary to do a great job. Furthermore, the Echo base camp breakfast and dinner line will get shorter after participants arrive, because base camp specific staff will start eating in their respective base camps.
  3. Wear proper footwear. Copious amounts of walking coupled with hilly terrain could be treacherous to those unprepared.
  4. Stay positive and enjoy yourself. Smiling at the staff and participants around you can be a really powerful way to increase morale for both yourself and those you are serving. If you’re not having fun while working at Jamboree, then you’re not doing it right. Try taking inspiration from Bob Evans: At the Jamboree, treat strangers like friends and friends like family.
  5. Stay charged. Keeping your phones and other electronics charged is important for staying connected, especially if you use your phone for work.
  6. Stay rested. While hanging out with friends and meeting new people late at night is a great way to have an unforgettable Jamboree, getting enough sleep is important to be a high-functioning staff member.
  7. Shower frequently. With the new solar showers, it’s even easier to clean your body and smell your best while working for the good of your fellow staff members.
  8. Have fun or relax with your time off. During your off time, staff are allowed to do all the activities in the Summit Center except for the aerial events such as zip lining. It’s important to recharge and have fun on your day off, even if that means napping in your tent all day.
  9. Live in the moment. It’s important to plan for the next day at Jamboree, but it is more important to fully enjoy what you are currently doing and who you are currently working with.
  10. Remember why you’re here. Jamboree is a great time to have an incredible two weeks of fun while taking advantage of some great opportunities. However, you are here for the thousands of Scouts and Scouters showing up with their contingents. Jamboree is your time to give back to Scouting, so don’t forget to provide the best services possible to our participants.

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