I searched the 5 nearest councils before I found one that would let me join there contingent for less than 3 weeks and less than $3000. (Besides not having the time and money to do that for 3 of us, I don't want to spend several days touring without my wife and on some council executives vacation plan.) I prefer to do the touring with my family and not at the same time as 100,000 scouts.
I've been planning for years to attend the 2010 jamboree and celebrate the 100th anniversary of BSA. This coincides perfectly with the ages of my two boys to attend with me.
I could have applied for a staff position with national or region, but my boys are not old enough to staff, so I had to find a contingent for them. I have a friend who lives in Virginia. Their council was going to be my next try if I couldn't find a nearby council to accept us into their contingent. If the Virginia council(s) had failed, I guess my next try would be a complaint to national, but I'm not sure how much that would have helped.
Eagle Scout 1987
OA Vigil Honor 1986
Fox - WE7-590-05-2
Currently - Troop/Team/Crew Advancement Chair & Dist Webmaster
Previously - SM, MC, CM, ACM, ADL, ASM, COR, Dist Camp Chair, PL, SPL, Scribe, Songleader, JASM, OA Chapter Officer, ...