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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!

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


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.

Jambo 2013 Montana Patch Ideas

From David Beach, SPL, Troop B340


Hello Scoutmaster Brown,

Below are pictures from my patch collection from Jambo 2010.  I had collections from Nevada council, Connecticut council, San Fransico council and many others.

Probably the most popular set was the helicopter set, the Utah sets were also popular, and probably the most popular was the pentagon set with the five branches of the military. (go on ebay to see examples of these).

Our Montana OA Grizzly Bear patch and the Montana shoulder patch were also very popular. The Montana trading patch with the four sections was ok, but not as popular as others. (see pictures below.)

I also took along a bunch of Montana pins and magnets to trade and scouts liked them.

I though that this might give the Montana Jambo scouts a few patch design ideas.  Please forward this to them.

David A. Beach
Senior Patrol Leader
Troop B340
Montana Jambo 2013


There are only 398 days left until the 2013 National Jamboree!

Dear Montana Jamboree Scouts and Scouters:

Montana and National teams are busy planning and preparing for the Jamboree. The Montana contingent has begun working on a calendar of events for the next 398 days. Check out the Montana Jamboree website periodically for updates (

Make sure and mark your calendar with the following important dates:

  • August 15, 2012 is the deadline for Youth Leadership Position Applications and 3rd Assistant Scoutmaster Applications. It will soon be time to select the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol leader for each troop as well as other senior leaders. Please take a moment to apply if you are interested. If you know anyone who will be 18 – 21 years old in July of 2013 and wants to attend the Jamboree, encourage them to complete a 3rd Assistant Scoutmaster Application. For details on the positions available check out the Troop Leadership Applications page ( ).
  • September 7, 8 and 9, 2012 – Jamboree Campout at K-M, all Boy Scouts and Venturers are welcome to attend. This will be a chance for everyone to get to know each other as the Scouts will be divided into troops and patrols. The senior Troop leaders will be announced. Parents are welcome to camp at K-M or can stay in Lewistown. Bring your camp gear. More information will be posted on the Montana Jamboree website.
  • June 14, 15 and 16, 2013 –Jamboree Shakedown Campout at the Council office in Great Falls. This is a mandatory campout for all Boy Scouts and Venturers attending Jamboree. More details will follow in early 2013.

There are only a few slots still available so if you know anyone interested in attending the 2013 National Jamboree, encourage them to apply today. More information can be found on the Montana Jamboree website at

Yours in Scouting,

Tony Etherington
Montana Council Jamboree Ambassador