Montana Contingent to the 2013 National BSA Jamboree

So far, about 350 photos have been posted to our Flickr Feed! Take a look, join the group and upload yours!


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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!

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 The previous online process of “click to agree” is no longer valid.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


Jamboree Leaders Update for 4/30/13

30 APRIL 2013





The main topic for this leader’s update is the TECHNOLOGY QUEST Program for 2013. Our TQ Team Leader Dr. Mary Stevens created this program for the 2010 National Jamboree and here’s her description for 2013:

Technology Quest returns to the Jamboree!

Technology Quest will showcase science and technology as never before! Every unit will have a chance to visit the Technology Quest “Cloud” base camp where you can: polish your photo skills and help National Geographic with an attempt at a new Guinness record, experience NASA and NASCAR activities, build robots with LEGO and Parallax, solve a crime with the world famous West Virginia University (WVU) Forensics team, and see chemistry in action with the Franklin Institute. Michigan Tech will bring back knock your socks off physics. You can make your own DNA, learn how the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute tracks viruses, fly model airplanes, learn about solar energy, and much more. Technology Quest is going to ROCK!

These are some of our exciting Partners:

· National Geographic
· LEGO Mindstorms
· NASCAR and TeamSLR
· WVU Forensics
· Destination Imagination
· Michigan Tech
· Virtex
· Microsoft
· AT&T
· The Franklin Institute
· Goal Zero
· GeoScouting
· University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
· Mountain View Solar
· Academy of Model Aeronautics
· Parallax
· Fairmont State

Here is what they have to say about what they will bring to you at Technology Quest:

The Franklin Institute “Don’t miss The Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show’s team as they perform an exciting compilation of science demonstrations. See them make multicolor fireballs, suspend a beach ball in mid-air, experience super cold liquid nitrogen and watch a helium balloon inflate by itself!” and “Take geocaching to the next level with clever cache camouflage and challenging hides to find. Meet the authors of the geocaching merit badge and see how YOU can use the sport to help Scouting! Enter to win a trackable 100th Anniversary GeoCoin!”

LEGO “Did someone say LEGO® robots? Come by the LEGO tent and be one of the first to try the all-new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 – before you can even buy it!

Microsoft “Come experience the new Windows 8 laptops and Surface tablets!”

Mountain View Solar “Learn about renewable energy and sustainability with Mountain View Solar and Goal Zero. Learn how solar panels react under different circumstances. We will address the differences in wiring the panels in (1) series vs (2) parallel, (3) the affect of different light angles on the panel, and (4) the affect of how shading different parts of the panel yields a different result.”

NASA “NASA Advances Science, Technology and Exploration: Scouts at Technology Quest will engage in hands-on STEM activities focusing on remote sensing, electromagnetic spectrum, the Sun and solar observations, air traffic, air foils, and much more.”

NASCAR and Team SLR “Attention NASCAR fans! Scott “Scotty” Lagasse Jr. and his NASCAR #8 BSA Chevy Camaro will have a strong presence at Technology Quest and will be joined by NASCAR as they share a behind the scenes look into BSA Racing. Scotty will be signing autographs, talking with Scouts, and sharing his experiences with campers. Scouts, get ready to start your engines!”

National Geographic “For 125 years, the National Geographic Society has proudly inspired people to care about the planet. As we set out on another 125 years, we invite YOU to join us at the Jamboree for an array of hands-on activities celebrating a New Age of Exploration.”

Parallax “For 25+ years Parallax has provided the electronics industry with high-quality robotics, revolutionary microcontrollers, a wide variety of sensors and a complete line of learning kits for beginners and educators. Our Boe-Bot robot is an approved platform for the Boy Scouts Robotics Merit Badge.”

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy ‘The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s Technology Quest tent will provide participants with hands-on opportunities to learn about, and how to help their fellow scouts who face an allergy or asthma attack. Scouts will view a simulation mannequin having a reaction to a bee sting or asthma attack, race each other at a quick recall station, compound mucus, and more!’

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute “With Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, scouts will be battling a virtual Zombie Virus spreading throughout the Jamboree population. To fight the Zombies and save humanity, the scouts must work together to vaccinate the population against the mutating Zombie Virus, using smart phones or provided wrist bands.”

West Virginia University “Solve the Crime! West Virginia University will bring ten forensic science learning activities representing six areas of forensic science to Technology Quest. Scouts will have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge forensic science technology related to fingerprints, blood spatter, firearms, footwear, biometrics, and ALS (alternative light source) evidence detection.”

Technology Quest and WVU are also providing two Science Behind the Sport initiatives: West Virginia University is developing a web site for Scouts attending the Jamboree to appreciate the Science Behind Riding a Zip Line. Utilizing the equations on the web site, Scouts will be able to predict the maximum velocity of their ride. In addition, WVU will have an interactive display at High Gear that will address the Science Behind Cycling, providing Scouts with a better understanding of the intricacies of cycling.

Troop Instructions:

TECHNOLOGY QUEST AT THE CLOUD (designated on the daily schedule as TQ): Each unit will have an assigned HALF-DAY session to visit Technology Quest. The Technology Quest program is located at THE CLOUD. The unit is free to do other program activities either before or after their session at TQ. A good choice would be to do ELECTIVE activities at THE BOWS, THE BARRELS, the TRAX or THE PARK since those venues are all in the same general area as THE CLOUD. But that’s up to each unit or participant to decide. There is a LOT to see in Technology Quest so be sure to be on time for your session – you won’t want to miss a thing!

Among the topics planned for the next Leader’s Update in mid-May will be detailed information about the Merit Badges that will be offered at the jamboree.

In the meantime, let me know if I can assist you with any issues related to the jamboree program.

Thank you for your cooperation and support in implementing our first National Jamboree at the SUMMIT BECHTEL FAMILY NATIONAL SCOUT RESERVE.

See you in 75 days.

Russell Smart
Program Group Chairman
2013 National Jamboree

Download version 1.0 of the Jamboree app on Android; coming soon to Apple

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Updated, April 30: Apple iOS version now available

They say this summer’s National Jamboree will be the most-connected ever. Well, this is a great start.

Version 1.0 of the Jamboree Summit App is available on Apple and Android devices. The Android app clocks in at just over 10 MB and costs $0.99 in the Google Play store. The iOS version for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch weighs 15 MB and costs $0.99 at the App Store.

The AT&T-sponsored app, intended for use by participants, staff, and visitors to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, provides up-to-date information on all programs and activities being held at the Summit this summer. See some screenshots below.

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Jamboree Reminders!

I hope that all of you enjoyed our meeting in Great Falls last week!  It was great to see our contingent and I believe we were able to accomplish a great deal in a short time.

For those of you that were not there or still have items to complete, please mark your calendars for the following requirements:

March 27 – All orders for additional patches, hats, t-shirts, etc. are due at the Great Falls Scout office.  Checks should be made payable to the Montana Council BSA with your order, or you can pay when you pick up your patches at the mandatory June shakedown campout.

On March 27, travel forms are also due at the Great Falls Scout office.  It is extremely important that the information listed on this form exactly matches whatever form of ID the Scout will present to the TSA during our travels.

March 31:  Your ID picture must be posted to your Jamboree Dashboard by this date.

April 1:  Your completed Jamboree Health and Medical record (barcoded and parts A, B and C complete) must be received at Great Falls office.  Please keep a copy for your Scout

If you need a copy of either the Patch Order Form or the Travel Form, or have any questions regarding the information above, please contact your Jamboree Scoutmaster or your Venture Crew Leader.

Do You want to purchase Scout uniforms at the Jamboree meeting on March 16?

As you know, the Jamboree requires participants to have multiple uniforms.  Montana participants will be wearing the same uniform shirt for many days in a row, in the middle of the mid-Atlantic Summer.

During the mandatory Jamboree meeting on March 16, we can open the Council service center on either the evening of Friday, March 15 or the morning of Saturday, March 16.  If you will be shopping, please let us know your preference.

Please only vote if you intend on coming in to shop.