Clarifications

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!
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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!

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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  https://mtjambo.wordpress.com/ )

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.