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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

It’s a busy time of year for Scouts, with finals, proms and graduation ceremonies all competing for attention. But it’s also just a matter of weeks until we converge at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

So keep your eyes on the prize as an adult leader: Keep your jambo contingent and parents engaged. Because everyone is so busy, now is a good time to push out info that is useful and fun but may not require a response from them. Here are some examples:

Keep Eyes Prize Jambo Map Sign
Detailed map signs are found throughout the Summit and are invaluable to participants at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, WV.
(BSA photo by Greg Crenshaw)
  • Send out a Summit map marked with your designated Camp Area and Subcamp.
  • Challenge Scouts to estimate the distance and walk time to an Action Point.
  • Become familiar with the activity offerings. How many of the activities at each Action Point and can your Scouts name them?
  • Get in shape. Each Jamboree camper will log several miles of walking each day.
  • Ask your Scouts to name three things that they will want to have with them at all times at jambo. (Answer: credentials, water bottle, day pack.)
  • Familiarize your Scouts with West Virginia. At jambo, you might be lucky enough to see the state animal. What is it?
  • Talk to your family or sponsor about the Jamboree Visitor Day Pass.
  • Plan for sharing the many photos that you’ll take at jambo. And think about keeping a daily journal as well. Approach a local newspaper in your community about publishing a photograph and a short article about your jambo experience.

Summit Bechtel Reserve offers many more activities than a camper can complete in one Jamboree. One of the best ways to maximize your Jambo experience is to Be Prepared!

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