It is almost time!

After several years of planning the 2013 National Jamboree is now less than two weeks away with over 200 Last Frontier Council Scouts, volunteers and visitors planning to attend. They will be joining the 35,000+ other Scouts and visitors at the first Jamboree to be held at the Summit.

Are we excited–yes!

You can keep up with all the adventure here through the Council Jamboree Blog. Leaders and staff plan to provide some quick updates and notes from the field to help the folks back home get a feel of the all the fun taking place at the Summit.

This site also has links to various other connection opportunities including the Jamboree Facebook home and individual Troop Facebook pages. Heck, we even have a YouTube channel.

Stay tuned and get ready. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is almost here.

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2013 Jamboree Council Strips Debut!

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For the first time, a collectors edition of eight Jamboree council shoulder patches (CSP’s) are available to collectors as well as Last Frontier Council Jamboree participants, leaders, staff.  This set is in commemoration of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree to be held at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in July.

The theme for the 2013 Jamboree is reflects our motto “Be Prepared” with respect to Oklahoma weather.  Six custom CSP’s represents an element of Oklahoma weather seen by most of us: Lightning, wildfire, tornado, ice storm, flood and drought. Scouts have been there to offer assistance in helping their neighbors when disasters strike.

This collectors set includes a center back patch around which all 7 shoulder patches surround.

The center patch has a radar graphic pulled from radar data of the famous May 3, 1999 F5 tornado that struck central Oklahoma.  Weather symbols line the perimeter and match the motif of each CSP.

The wind turbine and oil rig depict the energy of our state.

Centered among the backpatch theme lies a special 75th anniversary Manu Lodge pocket flap patch.  Inside the red zone likes an hidden image of the American bison (the spirit buffalo) racing along – the totem of the lodge which is the name of our chapter in the Order of the Arrow.

This limited edition run has only 100 sets available for collectors.  Order yours today for just $99.99 plus shipping!  A maximum of 5 sets per person will apply.

Click on the form for more information and a higher resolution graphic of the set.

JAMBO PATCH ORDER FORM

Email your completed form to epollard@bsamail.org or fax to 405.840.1675

Jamboree Scouts, Venturers, leaders and staff will use a different form sent by email.

Production note: This design was completed before the May 19th and 20th, 2013 tornado outbreak.

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Technology Quest at Jamboree

Below is some great information about the Technology Quest area that all Jamboree Scouts will visit. It sounds pretty amazing! 

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.
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This is a re-post of an e-mail all participants would have received recently. We just want to remind everyone to be sure and register your activity choices soon and be sure and have a good passport style picture uploaded. The picture will be the Scout ID for Jamboree.

Hello.

It’s almost here. Time is running short to get everything in order. Only 95 days left before you arrive at the Summit for an exciting 10 days of fun and adventure.

Upon your arrival, we know you will want to get the boring stuff out of the way as quickly as possible so you can get to the fun stuff. Here is how you can help make that happen.

*  Medical forms are due by April 15, 2013.

o   Access the medical form from the dashboard of your Summit account.

*  Participants need to register their activity preferences by May 14.

o   Access the activity scheduler from the dashboard of your Summit account just above the medical form link.

*  Have your current straight-on headshot photo uploaded in your Summit account by April 30.

o   Photos should be similar in nature to a passport or driver’s license photo. Please avoid using photos with anyone or anything else visible or photos taken from a distance. Review your photo and update it as needed.

 

Now let’s talk about that photo. The photo will be printed on your 2013 National Scout Jamboree keepsake credential. The credentials are basically a driver’s license size and style so the more direct, one on one the photo is, the better. The photos of your pet, of you participating in your favorite sport, with your best friend, wearing a hat, full body shot to show your cool new shoes, or wearing a clown nose are just not going to print very well on your credential. Stand directly in front of the camera approximately an arm’s length away or just a little more and snap the picture. Don’t forget to smile first!

 

Thanks for helping us out. Getting all this completed by the deadlines will help us have everything ready for you when you get here. Then it’s off to have fun!

Should you have any questions, please contact us at 2013jamboree@scouting.org.

 

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Jamboree Youth open slots

There are currently 4-5 open slots to attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree with the LFC. No waiting list! Meet qualifications, sign up, pay and in July you will be on your way to the first ever Jamboree at the Summit.

There is only one first time and you will not want to miss this fantastic once in every four year event. The Last Frontier Council is taking a record number of Scouts this year in part due to having one of the lowest prices in the country at $1,500.

Scouts and parents want to learn more?  E-mail us at LFCjamboree2013@gmail.com and we would be happy to get right back with you.

 

 

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A Few Slots are Open for Participants, Leaders and Staff – A New Map

Troops and crews are readying for this summer’s event.  A few slots have opened for Scouts and Venturers still wanting to attend.

Youth participants can sign up now at the Scout and Venturer Signup button for instructions. 

Opportunities are open as well for the Third Assistant Scoutmaster position on the troop leadership.  Preferred candidates are ages 18 to 25 but the position will be open to all BSA registered adults if unfilled.  Click on the Leader Application button above.

Staff positions are open too.  This can allow a BSA registered adult to experience the Jamboree as a volunteer like their sons and daughters.  Click on the Staff button above for more information.

New Map

As plans continue, details on The Summit maps are changing.  New donors and venue locations are set in this map which may continue to change.  Click on the map for a full size PDF.

SBR BaseMap mini

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Jamboree Duffel Bags

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Bryan on Scouting has posted pics, a review and a video of packing and for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Capacity will be 115 Liters (7018 cubic inches) with dimensions 32″ x 18″ x 16″.  Paded backpack straps can be deployed out of a compartment when hauling the bag.

UPDATE 03/22/2013

Here’s a video discussing how to pack your Jamboree Duffle with items recommmended.  (Note that your personal daypack as well as the duffle is supplied by your Jamboree troop or crew as part of your Jamboree fee).

Original Duffle video

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Waiting list spots are open for Jamboree!

CirclePatch_two-color_170x170Construction to prepare the Summit Bechtel Reserve is nearing completion to be ready for the thousands of Scouts that will be attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in July. The Last Frontier Council had a great response with over 170 Scouts signed up to travel and be part of our Council contingent.

Most Scouts that were previously on the Jamboree waiting list have been moved to a Troop or a Crew and we are anticipating a few slots to open in the coming weeks. If you are interested in attending, all you need to do is register through the national site and you will be placed on the waiting list. Slots are filled in the order of sign up and effort will be made to assign the Scout to the Troop closest to his area.

Want to know more? Here is some information on the cost and requirements to attend the National Scout Jamboree.

This is a once in every four year oppportunity you will not want to miss!

GO BIG!  GET WILD!

Looking for some more information specific to the Last Frontier Council contingent? E-mail us at lfcjamboree2013@gmail.com and we will work to answer your questions.

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Summit Update – Staff Positions Available Too

See what’s been built and how the Summit is shaping up for a Jamboree that is less than 180 days away!  Ziplines, BMX, a cool skate park, shooting sports, challenge courses to mountain biking and everything else is in the works.

 

If you are an adult and wish you could go – you can!

Staff volunteers are needed in most areas.  Everyone has a skill they can share to make the Jamboree a fun and safe adventure.  Click on the Staff button above to learn more.

If you have a question, leave a comment below and another volunteer jamboree staffer will be happy to answer!

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Recharging and Using Your Smartphone During the Jamboree

Here’s a tip. There is a way to share the Jamboree with your smartphone and have it fully charged and available every day.

This advice assumes that most youth participants will likely use a smartphone to take pictures and video during the jamboree. Jamboree planners assume this as well and have incorporated recharge stations located at each of the base camps.

Recharging however takes several hours and you would like to use the device during the daytime. Recharging a phone overnight in the tent offers the most convenience.

Here’s a way you can have access to your phone in the daytime and recharge it in your tent at night. It incorporates the use of a rechargeable USB recharger.

It’s a rechargeable battery that supplies a built-in USB port with the 5 volts of power needed to allow a smartphone to plug in and recharge. The recharger battery itself requires a 110 V line to recharge later.

The workflow of the use of the battery is shown below. After an overnight recharge cycle in your tent, drop off the USB rechargeable recharger battery to a recharge station located inside each base camp headquarters. Bring it’s 110V adapter to plug it in. Have fun and use your phone to take pictures and video. Pick up the recharged USB charger battery and it’s adapter on your way back to your campsite.

I would recommend a capacity twice that rated for your smartphone.

For example the iPhone 5 has a 3.8V, 5.45 Wh battery that should offer 1440 mAH of capacity. A 2880 mAH or more USB Rechargeable battery rating should have enough capacity to fully recharge a fully depleted phone battery.

Why is a higher capacity recharge battery needed. Recharging using batteries solely is not a one to one transfer of energy. All batteries give off heat during recharging. This means a recharger must be able to supply more than the rated capacity of the battery undergoing a recharge. A rating double your smartphones battery rating acts as recharge insurance to insure a full recharge. It also helps to insure against the gradual capacity reduction that develops over time with rechargeable batteries.

A quick review of retail pricing shows many USB rechargeable chargers exist with 2500 mAH or greater capacities between $28 to $50.

Jamboree Recharge cycle

 

For more gadget recharging options including solar power go to the author’s blog discussing:

Recharging Smartphone During Multiday Scouting Events –   Part 1: Disposable Battery Ideas 

Recharging Smartphone During Multiday Scouting Events – Part 2: Renewable and Sustainable Solar Ideas

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