Jamboree question

I opened the door.. so here it is:
JC, a reader of the Blog posted a comment it reads;
Any advise for those of us facing the Jambo interview process? “

Well JC, yeah I have some advise… now take it as advise, I can only tell you from my experience.
Our Council did interviews a while back and we are completely staffed already and in the process of training sessions and meetings.

First of all… Be in FULL Uniform. Head to toe. Make sure all of your patches are properly placed and you are not wearing anything “Unauthorized”.
If you are in the “Old Goat or rocking chair Patrol” of your home troop… while that is cute, take it off. The National Jamboree folks are not amused. (at least the folks at our Council weren’t.)
Run a hot iron over the shirt and get a hair cut.

Second. Be early. There was some activity before the actual interview. They took our pictures and had a small meet and greet.

Third. Know what the mission of the National Jamboree is.
“The mission of the jamboree is to provide a diverse group of Scouts and Scouters a meaningful and memorable experience that will instill the lasting values and traditions of Scouting in America, and our highest priority will be to conduct the jamboree in a safe and secure environment. ” – 2005 National Jamboree mission statement.
That will get you in the ball park.

Also know what the mission of the Boy Scouts of America is:
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”

The committee asked us to talk about our role in Scouting. Remember that is all for the boys.
They also asked us scenario questions such as;
What would you do if you are in DC and the bus is getting ready to leave and you are missing a Scout?
That type of stuff. Go over in your head the different situations that you think you may find yourself in.
I used the following list of situations:
1. Hotels
2. Airplanes
3. Museums
4. Camp
5. Tours (The Washington Mall)
6. Amusement park
7. Buses

Now take that and make a list of anything that can happen (go wrong) in those situations.
That prepared me for some of the scenarios.

Finally- If you really want to go to Jamboree as a Adult leader.. Then act like it. Demonstrate the confidence that you are ready to get on the plane tomorrow.
Show them you are Cheerful and ready, smile a lot and talk with confidence.

You will do great!
Hope that helps. Look me up at Jambo!

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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