The 2013 Jamboree has positions available for most every job for volunteer staffers at the Summit in July, 2013. All areas are in need of support, so if you have an interest in helping out at Jamboree we could use the help.
There may also be an opportunity for national to provide training for areas that require special training (shooting, climbing, etc.). The BSA will train you for free to get you the credentials you need. You can later use them as well back at your home troop or crew. More information can be found in the Staff Section of the summit.scouting.org website.
If you have a son or daughter going and wish you could too, consider helping out.
Learn more about the fun of being a staffer as well by clicking on the Staff button above. A Staff Guide is also available.
The Council Jamboree Committee met on Tuesday for their December meeting. There were several updates those attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree may find of interest.
Wait list: All of the Scouts there were on the waitlist prior to November have moved into slots and assigned a Troop. These Scouts should start to communication from the Troop Adult Leadership very soon.
Since we do anticipate a few additional openings, Scouts are encouraged to sign up through the national website. This list is managed on a first come first get to go basis. Sign up ASAP to get in line!
Payments: There are benchmark payments that we send to national based on the number of Troops and Crews that will be attending. It is therefore it is important for individuals to be current. Scouts should have paid a total of $1,100 by the end of December.
Patches! This is always a big deal. A small committee with a mix of youth and adults has decided on a patch theme with several different design options. All patches are “youth approved” before final commitment
Troop Patches: Individual patches with each Crew and Troop numbers are available for order. These are provided as part of the fee and each Scout will receive two for their travel uniforms.
We have more information to share next including some specifics about gear. Be sure and check back with us soon for additional posts!
Over 30 Jamboree Scouts and their parents joined Scoutmaster Tod Bryant and his Assistant Scoutmasters for the first official meeting of the “metro 1*” Jamboree Troop. The Troop is one of four Troops that will be traveling from Oklahoma to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in July of 2013. Jamboree Troops are temporary units that are formed specifically for Jamboree and are comprised of Scouts from all over the Last Frontier Council. The metro 1 Troop has Scouts representing 11 different Troops.
The purpose of this first meeting was to let the Scouts learn a little bit about each other since most have never met previously, learn more about Jamboree activities and answer questions about Jamboree. The meeting was also a great chance for the Scout parents to meet the Troop adult leadership and get plugged in to help with the process.
Of course being a Boy Scout Troop also means being Scout led, Mr. Bryant discussed with the Scouts the many leadership opportunities that will be available to them before and during Jamboree.
The Scouts were asked during the introduction to mention one thing they are most excited about when looking forward to Jamboree. Scouts mentioned: “Zip lines!” “Mountain biking” “Shooting sports” “Airsoft” “Water Sports” “Being away two weeks” “Spending time with Scout friends” and more. It was clear these guys are keeping up with the amazing things going on at The Summit.
The Last Frontier Council currently has 4 full Troops consisting of 36 Scouts and 4 adult leaders as well and 2 Venturing Crews planning to attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. This represents over 170 area youth and is one of the largest contingents in the history of the Council. These Troops and Crews will meet several times between now and July 2013 to prepare.
Not signed up yet? While it is true the current Troops are full, there is a working waiting list in case conflicts result in a Scout dropping out and there is discussion about possibly adding a 5th Troop. We would encourage you to get on the list so you can have a chance to attend as well.
The 2013 National Scout Jamboree—Go Big! Get Wild!
The Summit is hosting a shakedown this week to preview and prepare for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. More than 1,500 Scouts have gathered to experience a mini Jamboree and tryout many of the activities Scouts will experience starting in July 2013.
Would you like your own personal preview of 2013 Jamboree? Check out the pictures that are being posted on Facebook and be sure to drop by the Summit blog from time to time.
Be Prepared is in action as the Summit works hard to ensure the 2013 National Scout Jamboree will be the best yet.
Last Frontier Council Troops are in the final stages of formation for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree and we are now just a year and a few days away from go time! Over the next few weeks, your Troop Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters will be working together to determine a meeting schedule. Communication about these dates should come from your Troop adult leadership very soon.
Troops and Crews are comprised of a diverse range of Scouts. Therefore there is a great opportunity to spend time in advance of the trip to get to know each other and form the structure of the Unit organization. Each Troop will be comprised of a Scoutmaster and three Adult Assistant Scoutmasters.
Of course it would not be Scouting if the Troops were not youth led as well. That means each Troop will form individual patrols and select leadership including Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol leaders and support positions. Scouts—now is good time to be thinking about your leadership role and the position you might want to go for.
Early meetings will be focused on team building and getting to know each other (Forming/Norming/Storming) so that by the time we hop in the bus in July 2012 we can get right into performing and having a great time. Later, the meetings will shift more to Jamboree preparation with information about process including travel logistics, activity registration, in camp expectations, and in camp logistics.
As you know, this is the first ever Jamboree at the new Summit Bechtel Reserve. This will mean many improvements over previous Jamborees and it will also mean learning a little along the way as far as low level details. The best way to keep up with what is going on at the Summit is regularly check the Summit Blog and to follow the Summit on Facebook. You will find a lot of great information there. For Last Frontier Council specific information follow this blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and of course look for e-mails from your Leadership. Once Troops have been assigned Jamboree Troop numbers, many will also create their own communication pages to share Troop specific information.
July 2013 will be here before you know it. Go Big! Get Wild!
The Boy Scouts of America unveiled today the annual painting of Scouts in action.
First begun by Normal Rockwell, today’s paintings are continued by Rockwell’s protege, Joseph Csatari.
This year’s image honors 100 years of Eagle Scouts. If you look closely, you’ll see the 2013 Jamboree patch on his uniform. Eagle Scouts earning their award in 2012 will get a unique Eagle patch celebrating 100 years of Eagle Scouts.
For Boy Scouts attending the next Jamboree, will you have earned this rank?
Sign ups are still available for the remaining few slots.
For the first time Venturers can attend the National Scout Jamboree as participants. Previous Jamborees allowed Venturers to experience the Jamboree only as staff. For 2013, Venturers can attend as a staffer or in a contingent crew blazing a new trail into Scouting’s next 100 years.
Go with a Venturing Crew or as a Scout in a Troop from our council
There are several new venues to appear at the next Jamboree. One item includes shooting sports. Previous jamborees at Fort AP Hill could not host shooting activities due to military base rules. At the Summit Bechtel Reserve, we have plenty of room.
One activity that will be Venturer only includes pistol shooting with over 50 stations of calibers ranging form .22 to 9 mm. Scouts and Venturers can then challenge themselves with rifle shooting which includes .223, .308 venues. Shotgun activities include trap, sporting and compact clay targets. An enhanced Archery activity center with over 50 stations including 10, 15 and 90 meter ranges and two 3-D archery trails with 18 stations each.
Imagine the thrill of a zip line thousands of feet long in the first “quiet run” dual zip line layout title Adventure Valley. The run will span the canopy of the forest introducing you to the ecology of life up in the trees.
Additional adventure for Scouts and Venturers include:
White Water Rafting, kayaking and paddleboard fun
Numerous Rock Climbing and Rappelling activities with 107 belay stations
BMX Extreme with tracks for training, downhill, jumps and racing skills
Skateboarding with 5,500 sq ft skills assessment course and a 15,000 sq ft skate plaza and a 13,000 sq ft skate park. Vertical ramps, bowls and beginner and intermediate skills are included.
Three 1 km Mountain Bike Trails, a pump track and obstacle course with trails ranging from beginner (green), intermediate (blue) and advanced (black).
Discover the Mayhem Mountain disc golf course.
Water Reality program in the aquatics area simulates an water obstacle course similar to the ABC show “Wipeout”. In addition, Sea Scouts will be putting together a Mariner’s Adventure. Dragon Boats will race 2 groups of 20 paddlers in a timed format.
The greatest fun will enjoying the fellowship of Venturers from all over the US and the world in the Venturing subcamp.
The participant fee for 2013 is just $1500 which includes the cost of transportation.
So what is the fun of being a staffer at a Jamboree?
Scout leaders for official contingent troops work a solid 15 day and night schedule looking after their troops. As a staffer, you work a regular work day. At the end of your shift, you have no big responsibilities. Most staffers work a day then get the next day off for fun.
Venturer staffers can still network with some of the nation’s best Venturers and Venturing leaders and see and experience nearly all the fun others have. They can experience the event at a reduced rate which does not include travel to and from the event.
In 2010 the Venturing Mine exhibit was a popular attraction with Scouts in the only air conditioned simulated underground adventure.
The staff fee for Venturers (and adults under age 25) will be $425. Transportation is not included in this figure.
Explore Jamboree opportunities as a participant or on staff using the above header bar links.