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A Day in the Life of Jambo Bus Drivers

You’ve seen them shuttling participants and staff members around key places at the jamboree: the drivers behind the wheel of the jamboree shuttle buses.

Dwayne Rucker is one. For him, driving the Boy Scouts around has been positive. “It’s been a great experience. It has been an honor. It’s so organized here, and I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to do it again.” Rucker was also really impressed by the scale of the Summit, having so much to do that shuttle services on busses becomes a need.

Paul Hernandez, another bus driver on the Echo staff loop shuttle, also said he has had a positive experience. “It’s been great.”

The drivers have a few tips for riders. Hernandez drives for the staff-only loop often, and he recommends keeping the staff ID badges handy to show the driver. “Some have had to walk because they couldn’t show me the badge.”

Rucker’s main advice was: “Listen and observe, so you don’t miss your stop.” He has been struck by the positive attitudes of the staff riders. “That’s all I can really say. Everyone is so polite. Just be aware of where you’re going.”

Karmen Johnson, another driver, echoed that tip. “Knowing where your stop is” can ease the bus driver’s work, she said.

Ruckers said that Scouts showed great character traits. “Scouting is a new experience for me. I love it. There’s a lot of love here, and a lot of brotherhood. Everyone is kind, everyone is helpful, and everyone is polite,” he said

Hernandez was also impressed by the Scouts. “The Summit’s a great place. People have told me about things that go on. I was a Scout almost 45 years ago, and it’s completely changed for the better,” He summed up, “I wish I had a place like the Summit growing up.”

“These Scouts do a lot of walking,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if I could do it.” Scouts are thankful the busses are an option to keep the hiking down just a tad. Be sure to thank a driver!

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