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

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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.

March 16 Meeting in Great Falls

March 16 Meeting in Great Falls
Location:
First Congregational United Church
2900 9th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT  59405
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Uniform: Full Field Uniform (Class A)
Agenda items:
Trading post open from 9:00 to Noon – parents may drop their scouts at the meeting and shop at this time.
Turn in a full copy (parts A, B & C) of the jamboree medical form.
 If you have not submitted part C to National, council will submit all of them after the meeting.
Introduce leadership team
Breakout sessions for troops and crew (patrol team building and Patrol leader elections)
Questions and answers for parents
Lunch (Lunch will be provided)
Demonstrate packing for Jamboree using the Jamboree issued gear bag and council issued daypack
Gear, clothing and patches issued as part of Jamboree
Breakout into troops and crew for sizing of shirts and taking orders for additional patches, shirts etc.
Continue question and answers for parents
Talk about trip schedule

Trading Post Request

The Trading Post in Great Falls will be open from 9:00 am to Noon on Saturday March 16. They would like to know what items parents may be interested in purchasing during the March 16 visit to Great Falls.  They have a limited stock on hand and would like to order additional items if they know in advance what people want to purchase.  Pleae email Vickie at vickie.geiger@scouting.org and let her know what items you are interested in purchasing.

Things to Bring to Jamboree

Personal Gear

Clothing

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
Required:

  • 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

Optional:

  • 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)

Optional:

  • 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 (summit.scouting.org).  From there, you should see a button called “Activity Preference”.  Click it!

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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).

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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.