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Postby wagionvigil » Wed Aug 03, 2005 5:31 pm

Well the 2005 National Jamboree is History. It will probably go down as the Sadist and most unprepared Jamboree ever. I will say two things about the two really negative events
1. We all know better to do anything under power lines.
2. Most of the Boys and adults I saw down going to the Arean were over weight. The leaders were not forcing the Hydration issue.
Did I have a great time yes except I expected to loose more pounds than just 3. Met some of the otherposters and hopsscout worked for me at the D rappel Tower. I had a fantastic staff both youth and adult that really made that Mountain Top Experience for the participants. WE worked hard and in really terrific heat conditions107 with a 115 heat index. Funny how these things work as we start planning 2010 before we leave the hill. Already planning an air conditioned GP medium tent next time. Not Electric Though.
I am sure there will be alot6 of posting being done on this and other forums about the Jamboree Both Good and Bad. I learned along time ago that if you have a bad time it is no ones fault but your own. You must look for that Silver Lning.
A hot shower awaits :D
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Postby hacimsaalk » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:03 pm

sounds like you had a good time other than a few incidents. i kept up with it on the website, sounds like overall it was fun.

btw- did you happen to come by any scouts from any of the French Creek Council troops? (just wondering)
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Postby wagionvigil » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:06 pm

Yep!
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Postby hacimsaalk » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:40 pm

wagionvigil wrote:Yep!


yep to what ? :?: :D
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Postby wagionvigil » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:41 pm

Met alot of French Creek Scouts and Scouters
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Postby hacimsaalk » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:47 pm

cool. do you happen to know if they all made it through all right?

btw-what did you think of them?
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Postby diamondbackAPL » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:50 pm

did you meet anybody from the cherokee area council?
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Postby ICanCanoeCanU » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:42 pm

Glad to hear you had a nice time overall. The sadness is overwhelming even for those of us who stayed home and don't know any of the people involved. Just wish the best for their troops and families.
As for the hydration issue - it amazes me still that folks just don't respect it enough. Found that one very hard to hear when the reports came out.
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Postby halo » Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:10 pm

Glad to hear you had a good time despite the challenges this Jamboree. My guess you'll lose a bit more weight now that you are home. I'm sure you're retaining a lot of that water you drank.

Unfortunately I'm thinking the hydration problem was going to happen, but maybe not to that degree it happened on Wednesday night. My son went down on Monday but not from dehydration, but lack of electrolytes. He's a good sized kid (5'9", 165 lbs), but is in good physical condition, so I don't know how much his size had to do with it, except maybe "the bigger they are the harder they fall." ha!

The staff told him for the rest of his tour to make sure to drink at least one bottle of gatorade for every bottle of water to keep up the electrolytes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed he's okay.
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Postby hops_scout » Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:34 am

I got home about an hour ago. That shower felt great:)
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Postby wagionvigil » Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:26 am

It was really great to see all the Venture Crew members Supporting the Jamboree. There were alot of female crew members this time. There were 4 in my sub camp . I expect more in 2010.
Walking down Thomas Road you saw alot of Green Shirts.
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Postby t305spl » Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:12 am

Wagion was your Rappell tower directly across from Subcamp 3? If so at many points I was on that line waiting to rappell but sometimes it took to long or had to be other places. I really wish I got to rapell but no matter what I had a blast.
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Postby wagionvigil » Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:15 am

Yes that was it. WE could only process about 65 scouts an hour. The only way to speed it up was NO Rope :lol: If you got there at 9:00 then you usually were only inline less than an hour. The early bird catches the worm.
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Postby t305spl » Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:16 am

Yeah! My Subcamp was 3 and remembered that thats where you were so I was going to stop by but my committments did allow me to wait on lines for that long. It looked like everyone loved that rappell tower though.
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Postby wagionvigil » Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:18 am

We had scots from every region there. They all said they felt safer and the lines were"shorter". :?:
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Postby diamondbackAPL » Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:51 pm

I was on the Jambo website Photo gallery, and I saw a picture of a celebration of Joe Grow's birthday. were any of y'all there? I ask because Joe is in my council and teaches pioneering at Skymont.
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Postby PaulSWolf » Thu Aug 04, 2005 1:02 pm

I'm home, too. My son and I left The Hill around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, and were home by 10:30 pm. Even with the tragedy and heat, it was, as usual, a great event. I'm still hoarse from talking to well over 1500 Scouts at the Traffic Safety Merit Badge Booth (the busiest on the Midway this year), but I'm glad I was there.

I found and bought new merit badge pamphlets for 4 badges (Truck Transportation, Computers, Bird Study, and Public Health).

Computers is FINALLY updated and should make a lot of people happy.

Public Health & Truck Transportation are also major updates.

Bird Study - a few words changed in the requirements.
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Postby hacimsaalk » Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:15 pm

sounds like everyone had a blast. i really wish i wouldve gone, but there's always 2010.

btw- did anyone camp near the French Creek Council Troops?
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Postby Chief J » Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:08 pm

Arrived home from the Hill yesterday around 5:15 PM. This was my first Jamboree ever. It was everything and more than I expected. I am looking forward to coming back in 2010.

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Postby OldGreyBear » Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:23 pm

Maybe in 2010 there will be a Venturing subcamp and the Crew members can attend and not only be staff
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