Montana Contingent to the 2013 National BSA Jamboree

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The 2013 Jamboree is over, and we are all getting used to dry feet, no mud and showers warmer than “ambient.”  Our memories, however, will last forever.

Please share the photos from your Jamboree adventure to our Contingent Flickr feed!  We have created an open Flickr group (  Please join the group and upload your photos and videos there!  Tell your family about the group; they can join too!

Next Summer, we will be showing a slideshow of all the photos from this Flickr feed at the Jamboree tent at our 2014 Montana Council Camporee in Lewistown, MT.  Please make a point to stop by–it’ll be like a reunion.

Now that we are back, remember to continue to Go Big and Get Wild!


We’ve received several questions about a few things, so wanted to post the following clarifications (any original posts have been updated to reflect these updates):

1. On our June 27 post Trip Information! we stated “lunch $10 cash”.  In doing so, we did not make it clear that the $10 for lunch is PROVIDED.  All meals are part of the tour & Jambo packages – so you do not need to send money for these lunches. Airport days (July 11th and 25th) are the only days your Scout will need food $$$.

2. Medical Info:  Every participant is required to have a Personal First Aid Kit in their backpack at Jamboree (pack it your duffel for flying). Be sure it has moleskin or an equivalent in it!  Plus a few band-aids, bandages/tape, triple antibiotic ointment, SPF30 sunscreen, chap-stick, and some hand sanitizer.   ALL medications, whether prescription OR over-the-counter, MUST be given to the Trip Leader at the beginning of the trip in a Ziploc bag, clearly marked with the Scout’s name, and must include any special instructions written and signed by the parent/guardian.  When ANY are taken/administered, the Trip Leader MUST know about it and track it in a log… this is very important for your Scout’s safety!  Parents, be sure to talk with your Trip Leader when you drop off your Scout at the airport Thursday.

3.  Jamboree is having difficulty getting each Scouts “Activity Schedule” posted.  Do not be concerned if you cannot access it through their dashboard. You should receive an e-mail copy from your Troop or Crew Leader by early Wednesday morning…

4. The Jamboree Dashboard shows everyone at about “50% Complete”.  Do not be alarmed; Jambo tells us this is normal and OK – it will only go to 100% sometime after we are checked in at Jambo.

As a reminder your Scoutmasters will have some extra Troop T-Shirts, Troop hats, and lots of Patch Sets (Trading & OA) with them when we get to D.C….  and we will have everyone’s Troop Neckerchiefs, and a couple extra.

One more day until departure!

Are You Ready? “Jambo On!”

A few last tidbits as we prepare for departure to Jambo!

  •  IMPORTANT – put a copy of your Jamboree Health & Medical Record (JHMR) in your backpack (all parts: A, B & C).  We recommend two copies, copied double-sided (put them in a Ziploc).
  •  Put 2 copies of your Activity Schedule (from Jambo Dashboard) in your backpack – 1 for your Scoutmaster, 1 for you.  Apparently this is still in final stages, so if you can, please do this.  If not, don’t worry, we’ll figure it out.
  •  Put any completed & parent-signed Special Permissions (whitewater rafting, technical climbing, ATV, SEAL Challenge, etc.) in your backpack with your JHMR.
  •  Mark your personal gear with name and unit #  (e.g.,  Joe Scout  A302).   Use indelible ink.
  • Luggage – bring ONLY your Jambo Duffel (checked bag) and your Jambo Backpack (carry-on).
    • MT Council is paying the checked baggage fee for your Jambo Duffel.
    • Use the two luggage grips provided to you – and do something to help you ID your duffel… there will be a LOT of them around!
    • No overweight bags (50 lbs, max.).
    • Airlines require an ID tag on all luggage.  Have one on there, or be prepared to fill them out at the counter.
    • Check the airline and TSA websites for more info – remember, no drinks in backpack through security!
  • Important Miscellaneous items:
    • Laundry – bring some laundry soap.
    • Snacks – don’t get your backpack smelly on our trip (there’s no need).
    • NO FOOD or DRINK IN TENTS – attracts bugs & animals to your tent.
    • EF Smithsonian ID Badge – bring this for entry to museums.
  • Food on return trip – save a few bucks for something to eat on July 25th
  • Send mail to your Scout at Jambo!
    • First & Last Name
    • Jamboree Troop #  (A302 or B340), or  Jamboree Crew #F403C
    • 2013 National Jamboree
    • 92 SBR 2
    • Mount Hope, WV  25888  
  • If you have questions before departure contact your Scoutmaster/Advisor.
  • If you experience a problem the morning of departure:

    • Billings departures contact:

    Walt McIntosh (406) 670-1846   or   Patti Scanlan (406) 263-1679

    • Bozeman departures contact:

    Loren Brown (406) 431-5834   or    Rusty Collyer (406) 223-3323

    • Missoula departures contact:

    Toby Scott (406) 250-7004   or   Bob Edgar (406) 531-0583

A few suggestions from the Tour Company, EF Smithsonian:

Put a card in your wallet with your name, cell # (or your Scoutmaster’s, see above), and Troop/Crew Number – if it gets lost, there is at least a chance you might get it back.

Chewing gum is not allowed in historic sites and museums, and the staff watch for it. Don’t get into trouble; don’t chew gum during our Tour visits.

Airplane ride – if your ears get plugged during descent and begin to hurt, try BIG yawns and swallowing hard to relieve the pressure. Don’t stick your finger in your ear! Chewing gum also works to help keep your eustachian tubes open.  It can be uncomfrotable, especially if you have a runny nose or a cold, but will go away soon if treated in these ways. If not, tell your Trip Leader.

There is a lot of security in the area, to help us stay safe.  Whatever the police or guards say is absolute – quickly doing what they ask keeps everyone happy.

Think ahead at all security points – get ready by emptying your pockets if needed. Read the signs and see what others are doing to make the process quick and smooth. [Belts with metal buckles have to be removed, so if you have a plastic buckled belt – wear it]

Street Crossings – there is a LOT of traffic where we’re going. Cross ONLY at crosswalks and when the signal indicates it is safe to cross!  There is no tolerance for crossing outside a crosswalk or against the signal.

Finally… be sure you give your parents a big hug before you leave, and tell them “Thank You!” for making it possible for you to go to this first-ever Jamboree at the Summit!

This is gonna be AWESOME!


Need more Patches & Jambo wear?

Great news – there are a few more available!

Call the Great Falls Scout Office now at (406) 761-6000 for:

Troop Shirts (limited sizes and quantities)  
Troop Hats                                                                                                                  
Troop Number patches                                                                                         
2013 Official Jamboree Emblem patch (black rectangle, above right shirt pocket)          

Better hurry!   Supplies are limited


Contact your Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor for:

Patrol Patches  (a very limited number of extras available)                    $4 ea.     
Full Trading Patch Sets available now – we’ll take leftovers  to Jambo   $20 ea. 
Order of the Arrow Lodge Flap sets – leftovers go to Jambo with us   $10 ea.    


[if you need an extra JSP in your unit’s color, the only way to get one is to buy a full Trading Patch Set – then trade the other patches!  A302 is Gold border, B340 is Dark Red border, and F403C is Grey.    See the June 20th post for pictures of “what goes where”.]

Jamboree Extra Gear Ordering

Trip Information!

Here is information for our Jamboree Trip – including flights & tour Info:

Thursday July 11:   all departure flights

Bozeman Departures: (if you live in Alberta, Anaconda, Belgrade, Bozeman, Conrad, Galata, Great Falls, Helena, Livingston, or Wilsall – unless notified differently)          

9:15 a.m.   meet by Delta Ticket Counter, Bozeman Airport                                            Depart 11:13 a.m.   Delta Flight #1682 to MSP, Flt #670 to Baltimore   Arrive 6:41 p.m.   [Return July 25th via Delta flights #1331 and #2166, arriving Bozeman 11:23 p.m.]

Billings Departures: (if you live in Billings, Colstrip, Forsyth, Fort Peck, Glasgow, and Shepherd – unless specifically notified differently)                                                                      

 3:45 a.m.  meet by United Ticket Counter, Billings Airport                                              Depart 5:45 a.m.  United Flight #1041 to DEN, Flt #1254 to Baltimore   Arrive 3:22 p.m. [Return July 25 via United flights #1704 and #1247, arriving Billings 11:45 p.m.]

Missoula Departures: (if you live in Frenchtown, Kalispell, Lakeside, Lolo, Missoula, Stevensville and Whitefish – unless specifically notified differently):                                               

4:00 a.m.  Meet by Delta Ticket Counter, Missoula Airport                                                 Depart 6:01 a.m.  Delta Flight #1245 to MSP, Flt #5813 to Dulles     Arrive 1:56 p.m. [Return July 25 via Delta flights #832 and #4626, arriving Missoula 11:40 p.m.]

Everyone’s Tour Info:                                                                     

July 12:   Breakfast at hotel, visit Smithsonian Museums – lunch $10 cash provided, Holocaust Museum, dinner at ‘Fuel Pizza’, guided tour of Washington D.C., Marine Corps Parade

July 13:  Breakfast at hotel, Newseum – lunch $10 cash provided, tour of Capitol Hill/Supreme Court/Library of Congress, Dinner Cruise on the Potomac by Spirit Cruises

July 14:  Breakfast at hotel, guided sightseeing of Washington D.C., Arlington Ntl Cemetery – lunch $10 cash provided, White House, Boy Scout Memorial, Mount Vernon, dinner at Chevy’s Fresh Mex 

July 15: Breakfast at hotel, depart for Jamboree!  lunch $10 cash provided, arrive at Jambo!

July 16-23: Jamboree (schedules on Jamboree website)                                                                                                                      Parents! send your Scout a letter or package at Jamboree!  Their Jamboree mailing address is listed on their Troop or Crew page (select by clicking their number at the top of our main MTJambo webpage at )

July 24: Depart Jamboree 10 a.m.,  lunch $10 cash provided, National Zoo, Embassy Row, dinner at King Street Blues, hotel

July 25:  breakfast at hotel, Smithsonian museums, lunch $10 cash provided, bus to airports

 If you are traveling a significant distance to your departure airport and would like to see about overnight accommodations, please check with your Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor for possible arrangements. 

Jamboree Gear Directions

Troop B340 Scoutmaster Loren Brown has put together this very informative guideline for all of the gear that we picked up last weekend at Shakedown.  You can download it here:  Jamboree Gear Directions Contingent.

NOTE:  Troop A302 has an Orange paracord woggle.                                             Everyone: please be sure you put your Troop’s woggle (or the paracord) in the front pocket of your backpack – and if you haven’t made your woggle yet, we can do that on the long airplane ride!

Mandatory change to medical forms

Montana Jamboree Scouts and Scouters:

We just received this email; all participants will have to sign the attached form. Please print the form linked below and bring it to the mandatory shakedown Campout in Great Falls next weekend.

Dear 2013 National Scout Jamboree Unit Leader:

We need your assistance. The jamboree medical consent to treat and general release forms have been revised as of May 30, 2013. The previous online process of “click to agree” is no longer valid. Everyone must print and sign the revised form. Your participants are being asked to provide you with a signed copy. Please collect these forms and insure each is appropriately signed by the participant and their parent/guardian. You and each of your co-leaders must also provide a signed copy of the form. You will turn in the forms at jamboree check-in.

We apologize for the inconvenience and the late change in this process. This change was determined necessary so as to avoid any confusion with local medical facilities that may be called upon to provide treatment in the event of an emergency.

The form can be printed by clicking the link below:

Yours in Scouting,

Larry Pritchard
Director, 2013 National Scout Jamboree

Please ignore any invoices you may receive from EF Smithsonian Travel

Apparently EF Smithsonian Student Tours, the travel company for our upcoming Jamboree Trip, is having difficulty keeping their communications directed only to the Great Falls Scout Office.  Recently, several Scouts have reported receiving a $1,733 invoice in the mail – please disregard this invoice and do not pay it.  Your travel arrangements are part of your Jamboree fees you (should have) already paid. 

Earlier this year, many of you erroneously received an e-mail from them, too, and our guidance was the same then – ignore the communication.

If you should receive further communication from them, please ignore it, too (unless we specifically direct a response through this MT Jambo site).

Further questions?   Please contact your Scoutmaster.

Shakedown Campout! June 14-16, 2013 in Great Falls

Our mandatory shakedown campout is 2 weeks away!   Are you prepared?

  • Plan to arrive at the field behind the Scout Office (820 17th Ave South, Great Falls, Montana 59405) between 5-6 p.m. on Friday June 14th with your necessary gear.  Depart from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday June 16th.
  • Eat before arriving Friday evening;  meals will be provided all day Saturday and for Sunday breakfast.
  • Please do not bring a bunch of junk food, candy or snacks – you will not need it.
  • During this Shakedown, we will camp Jambo-style, just like at the Jamboree.
  • There will be 2 Scouts (from the same patrol) per tent.  Bring your own 2-4 person tent (9′ x 9′ is ideal); or let your Patrol Leader (or SPL, or Scoutmaster) know if you need to borrow a tent.
  • We will not be conducting Swim Tests – no need to bring your swimming gear.
  • There will be an open meeting (parents highly encouraged) Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to discuss our travel plans, updates from the National Jamboree, and our Code of Conduct.
  • The Scout Store will be open Friday until 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This will be your last chance to receive the Jamboree Discount on uniform supplies… call ahead now to order, to ensure availability.

Code of Conduct 

Parents & Scouts – please print, discuss, sign and bring with you to Shakedown the attached Code of Conduct document. It is important that everyone be aware of the possible consequences of unacceptable behavior.

Jambo Code of Conduct

Also, the Jamboree staff has posted the following document for your review:

What to bring: 

Review the “Things to Bring to Jamboree” posting from February 22 on our website to find out what you’ll receive at this Shakedown. (Note:  if you ordered extra patches, t-shirts, etc., or a Jambo nametag, these will be given  here – be sure you have payment ready if needed.  Plus, there may be a few additional items available for purchase if you decide you want extras.)

Each Scout should bring to this Shakedown:

  •     Sleeping Bag/bedroll
  •     Sleep clothes/pajamas
  •     Mess Kit
  •     Water bottle
  •     Hygiene Kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, deodorant/antiperspirant, soap, washcloth, towel, etc.)
  •     Field Uniform, complete (a.k.a. “Class A”.  This includes Official BSA shirt, pants/shorts, belt, and socks)
  •     Activity Uniform (a.k.a. “Class B”.  Remember, you will be receiving 2 Troop t-shirts this weekend)
  •     Neckerchief slide
  •     Personal First Aid kit (see Scout Handbook)
  •     Flashlight
  •     Pen and paper (a small pocket notebook is recommended)
  •     Change of clothes for Saturday and Sunday (2 extra days worth of underwear, socks, pants, etc.)
  •     Be prepared for the weather!  (Rain gear, light jacket, etc.)

Optional items you might consider (these will be supplied at Jambo, but you may want to bring to our Shakedown):

  •        Tent
  •        Cot

Agenda for June campout


  • arrival 5-6 pm:   registration table check in
  • 6–8 Setup campsites
  • 8:00 Cracker barrel  (snacks)
  • 11:00 lights out


  • 7:00 reveille
  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Flags
  • 9:00 Meeting with parents and youth to talk about updates from national, travel and tour plans with parents and scouts
  • 10:30 Split into troops and crew for the following activities:
    • Hand out gear, clothing and patches by troop and crew
    • Practice with Jamboree Troop tent
    • Work on Troop Banner
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 Continue with morning activities
  • 2:30 Troop time
  • 4:00 Code of Conduct and Safety training for tour and jamboree
  • 5:00 Closing Flags and Dinner
  • 6:30 Troop time
  • 8:00 Campfire
  • 9:30 Cracker barrel (snacks)
  • 11:00 Lights out


  • 7:00 reveille
  • 7:30 breakfast
  • 9:00 scout service
  • 9:30 break camp and depart

Shakedown Campout Menu

  • Friday evening  Cracker Barrel: meat, cheese, crackers, drink mix, cookies
  • Saturday  Breakfast: Cereal (variety), Milk, Juice, Fruit
  • Lunch: Sandwiches (ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, bread, Miracle Whip, mustard), Chips (variety pack), Drink mix, Vegetable (carrots)
  • Dinner: Spaghetti (noodles, hamburger, sauce), Salad (lettuce, dressings), Bread (French bread, butter), Drink mix
  • Cracker Barrel: meat, cheese, crackers, drink mix, cookies
  • Sunday   Breakfast : Cereal (variety), Milk, Juice, Fruit