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 (flickr.com/groups/mtjambo/).  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!

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!

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

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:

https://summit.scouting.org/en/Jamboree2013/Documents/Medical-Consent-Acknowledgement-Consolidated-Form.pdf

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.

Jamboree Leaders Update for 4/30/13

30 APRIL 2013

TO ALL REGISTERED JAMBOREE UNIT LEADERS AND COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES:

REMEMBER THAT TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2013 WILL BE THE LAST DATE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO MAKE THEIR INDIVIDUAL ONLINE CURRICULUM RANKINGS. AFTER THAT DATE WE WILL CLOSE THE ONLINE CURRICULUM SELECTION PROCESS AND PROCEED TO ALLOCATE THE HIGH ADVENTURE CURRICULUM CHOICES. ALSO AFTER THAT DATE WE WILL BE SENDING OUT REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT OF THE $50 TO DO THE OFFSITE OPTIONAL HIGH ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES.

THE SPECIAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE OFFER FROM AT&T IS NOW AVAILABLE. CHECK WITH YOUR AT&T STORE FOR DETAILS. BUY A PHONE AND SERVICE PLAN AND GET A SOLAR CHARGER FOR FREE!

RELEASE 1.0 OF THE JAMBOREE APP IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON BOTH ANDROID AND APPLE iOS DEVICES FOR 99c. IT IS IMPRESSIVE.

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
· NASA
· 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
· Geocaching.com
· 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!”

Geocaching.com and GeoScouting.com “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
smart@splat2013.net

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.