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!



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!

Things to Bring to Jamboree

Personal Gear


Provided by Council or National

  • Jamboree Gear Bag (Duffel)
  • Jamboree Daypack
  • Patches – 2 ea. – Jamboree troop numbers, Council Shoulder Patches and OA patch for uniforms and trading patch
  • Additional patches can be purchased

Scouts responsibility

  • Sleeping bag (lightweight in stuff sack with 30 degree rating is good)
  • Eating kit (plate, bowl, and spork are adequate)
  • 2 ea. – 1-liter water bottles
  • Toiletry kit (keep it small)
  • 2 ea. – bath towels
  • 2 ea. – hand towels
  • 2 ea. – washcloths
  • Flashlight or Headlamp & Batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Non-aerosol insect repellent


  • Air or travel pillow
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Batteries
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Sewing Kit
  • Camp Shower
  • Pen, Paper and Envelopes
  • Jamboree Name Badge (can be purchased through Jamboree catalog)
  • Powdered laundry soap
  • Small mesh zip up bag for laundry
  • Talcum powder

Provided by Council

  • Jamboree Neckerchief
  • 2 ea. – Council Jamboree t-shirts
  • Jamboree Hat
  • Additional items can be purchased

Acquired or purchased by each Scout:

  • Two Field Uniform Shirts (tan scout shirt, green venture shirt)
  • 3-4 Scout uniform pants or shorts (green for scouts, grey for ventures)
  • Long pants (required for Messengers of Peace Day of Service)
  • Good, broken-in hiking boots
  • Lace-up shoes (lightweight sports)
  • Rain gear (simple, lightweight)
  • One jacket or sweatshirt (synthetic is good)
  • Two sets of sleep clothes
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 2 or 3 additional Scout/jamboree T-shirts/polo/activity shirts (antimicrobial synthetic is good)
  • 2 or 3 pairs of hiking socks
  • 2 or 3 pairs of scout socks (green for scouts, grey for ventures)


  • Swimsuit
  • Water shoes
  • Handkerchiefs

Note: Uniform items are available at a discount through Great Falls office only – call them at (406) 761-6000

The Field Uniform (Class A) includes:

  • Appropriate shirt (tan for scouts, green for ventures)
  • Appropriate pants or shorts (green for scouts, grey for ventures)
  • Appropriate socks (green for scouts, grey for ventures)
  • Jamboree neckerchief
  • Jamboree hat

The Activity Uniform (Class B) includes:

  • Scout t-shirt, activity shirt, polo shirt, or Jamboree t-shirt
  • Appropriate pants or shorts (green for scouts, grey for ventures)
  • Appropriate socks (green for scouts, grey for ventures or grey)
  • Jamboree hat

Note: Arrival day, Saturday stadium show, Sunday religious observances, and departure day are field uniform days; other times may be determined by your staff leader. Other days are Scout/jamboree T-shirts or activity shirts with uniform shorts/longs.

Day 1-Travel wear your field uniform, carry-on Jamboree daypack, check duffel with all gear inside, arrive in Washington DC area. Stay at hotel.

Days 2-3-Tour wear field uniform and Unit hat. Staying at a hotel.

Day 4 –Travel to Jamboree wear field uniform

Days 4-13-Jamboree wear field uniform at suppers, shows and religious services, other scout shirts and scout appropriate wear daily. Sleep in tents (tents & cots provided).

Day 13– Travel from Jamboree wear field uniform. Staying at a hotel.

Day 14-Travel wear field uniform, carry-on Jamboree daypack, check duffel with all gear inside, arrive home.

Other things to consider:

  • Two unit numbers will be issued to each attendee. Council ordered the numbers and they will be issued when they arrive. Extras will be available for additional cost.
  • The Messengers of Peace Day of Service is a day where the scouts will be doing service projects. The long pants and shirt for that day may get stained so they can be something other than scout pants.
  • They recommend two uniforms but you can bring more if you wish.
  • There will be more information on items issued by council at the March 16th meeting in Great Falls.
  • The Trading Post will be open in the morning of March 16.

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.


It is Time to Choose your Jamboree Activity Preferences!

Montana Jamboree Scouts–the Jamboree Activity Preference system is now OPEN!

There are over 20 activities available to do during Jamboree.  Over the next 90 days, you can look over the list and rank your preference for the activities you want to do at the Summit.

Some activities, like Whitewater rafting, come at an additional fee.  However, most are included with your Jamboree participation.

To choose your activity, first login to your Jamboree dashboard (  From there, you should see a button called “Activity Preference”.  Click it!



Just like the online medical form, only some browsers can get into the Jamboree activity selection system.  You can use Firefox 14+ (Mac or PC) , Google Chrome 21+ (Mac, PC, iOS and/or Android), and/or Internet Explorer 9.0+ (with compatibility mode OFF).


Put your preferences in any order you like by clicking on the three horizontal bars to the right of each selection and dragging them into order, with your highest preference on top and least on bottom.  Again, make sure to save your work each screen!

This system is NOT first-come, first-serve.  The system will be open for the next 90 days and the Jamboree organizers will try to make sure that everyone can do as many of their highest-rated activities as possible.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with your Scoutmaster or SPL.

These are your 2013 jamboree duffel bags

Bryan on Scouting

(Updated Feb. 20, 2013) It may be a little early to start packing for the jamboree this summer, but I’ve got a sneak peek at what you’ll stuff all that gear into.

Take a look at the Osprey Transporter BSA, a sturdy, well-reviewed bag with detachable backpack straps and a classy 2013 National Scout Jamboree logo stitched on the side.

Every registered participant and staffer will get one of these as part of their jamboree registration fee, and it’s one bag that looks like it’ll hold up well beyond 10 days in rugged West Virginia this summer.

By the way, you’ll need to fit all your gear in this jamboree-provided duffel and your personal day pack. Fortunately, big items like your tent and cot are provided for you at your jamboree campsite.

The bag measures roughly 32 by 18 by 16 inches (length, width, and depth). The capacity is 115 liters…

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Even If You Eat an Apple a Day …

All Jamboree Participants must complete the new online medical form process, and turn in a medical form that is less than one year old by the end of the Jamboree. The deadline for submitting medical forms to the National Jamboree Medical Team is April 15.

In December you should have received an email from the Jamboree Team with some instructions regarding this medical form. To access it, you will need to login to your summit account at Once you login to your dashboard, you will see a link for medical forms at the top of the dashboard.

Not all browsers can access this information. As of now, you must access with Firefox 14+ (Mac or PC) , Google Chrome 21+ (Mac, PC, iOS and/or Android), and/or Internet Explorer 9.0+ (with compatibility mode OFF). These procedures and system requirements will be the same as for your selection of Jamboree activities.

One tip: save your work after each screen you complete on the online medical form. If your browser crashes without saving, you will have to re-enter everything since your last save.

After you have completed the online form, you will have to print a copy. Please be aware that this form is eleven pages. Pages 10 and 11 will have to be completed by an examining health care provider. You will also have to attach a copy of your health insurance card (front and back) to the packet.

After you have completed the form, please make a minimum of two copies. Keep one copy for yourself and bring the other copy to the March 16th Jamboree meeting in Great Falls. You do not have to mail a copy to National; we will submit Part C and a copy of your medical card. You might also want to make an additional copy for your home troop.

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact your Troop leadership or the Scout office in Great Falls.