It’s here. It’s live. It’s epic.
The first stadium show of the 2017 National Jamboree is just hours away. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the AT&T Summit Stadium.
Here’s what staff, participants and leaders need to know to be prepared for the big event:
Don’t wear field uniforms. Instead, contingents were asked to pack some flair representing their home areas. This is the opportunity to break it out. The big screens will zoom in on the best and most creative bling in the audience. If you didn’t pack anything special, simply come in activity uniform Scouting-related attire.
Stay hydrated. No matter how you look at it, hydration is always key to staying safe. Bring your water bottle. Plenty of clean, delicious water spigots are scattered around the stadium.
Eat early. For staff members, dinnertime in the Base Camp Echo dining hall is from 4 to 6 p.m., not 5 to 9 p.m. as usual. Troops and crews should coordinate their dinner preparation and clean-up appropriately so they have plenty of time to get to the stadium.
Grab a good seat. For this particular show, seating is open, which means the earlier you arrive, the closer to the action you’ll be. The preshow festivities start at 7 p.m. Enter the stadium through any of the normal trails; O.A. Service Corps staffers will be on hand to take you to your seats. Make sure you’re with your whole contingent when you arrive. Traditional metal lawn chairs are prohibited, bring an approved cloth “stadium seat” if you want something to sit on. They’re available in the Trading Posts.
Come charged up. You’ll be able to use your smartphone to engage with the show like never before, so make sure you’re not missing out. Sharing with a buddy is always a good option.
Get hyped. Quite literally, anything could happen on Saturday. Only two people throughout the entire Summit know which acts are booked, so we’ll all find out together what’s on tap. What’s more, this show is by youth, for youth. “Over the course of three stadium shows,” said Ralph Voelker, stadium experience team lead, “only four people over the age of 25 will ever step on stage.” The planning team surveyed 2,000 Scouts, and of the 40 choices of bands they received, their first and second preferences are both coming this week.
It’s go time. Scouting’s adventure is live on Saturday at the AT&T Summit Stadium. See you there.