A few last tidbits as we prepare for departure to Jambo!
- Arrive at your departure airport ON TIME and dressed in full BSA Field Uniform (“Class A”) – including Troop hat.
- Put your Woggle/paracord in your backpack – don’t forget it.
- See the June 27 post “Trip Information!” for info on your flight (2 posts down).
- Do not wear any name badges/tags – pack them in your duffel.
- 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.
- Packing – see our website for list, posted on Feb 22 (click on title “Things to Bring to Jamboree” in the right margin).
- Expect rain daily – be prepared, always! Bring a few garbage bags.
- Pack light; put clothes in bags (Ziploc) to compress & keep them dry.
- If you are in OA, bring your OA Sash
- Don’t forget long pants/long-sleeve shirt for our Day of Service.
- Do not bring your Merit Badge sash or Scout Handbook
- 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!