Greetings all!!! Now that the inaugural Jambo at the Summit is over, I'd like to see what feedback you'd give to National, good or bad, regarding this event. I'm sure wagionvigil has plenty to say, but what about the rest of you?
My son and I went and did a day visit, so I don't have the in-depth familiarity that those who staffed or attended the Jambo will have, but I still noticed some things. My list to National would be:
- First and foremost, you guys need to build another way for the folks in Camps A & B to get to the central hub that doesn't involve the Bridge or a 5-mile hike. Thunderstorms in the summertime are the norm, and having the Bridge closed for 1-3 hours is not good for the participants or the programs. I had to wait 1.5 hours for one of the participants to be able to cross the bridge so I could complete a patch set trade. I really felt for those kids who wanted to get somewhere so they could do whatever program they were scheduled for.
- The Trading Posts were a LOT less crowded this time around than in 2010. I don't know what you did to fix this, but big kudos to the solution,.
- Please figure out a better way to get the visitors to/from the action. I have no problem with the limited hours or the fee, but visitors lose 1-1.5 hours of time just trying to get from their car to the site because of bag checks and the distance of the visitor parking from the Jambo site. I get that you don't want visitors driving right up to the site, but find a closer location to park.
- Three tickets for a troop to do the big zipline??? REALLY??? Un-FREAKING-believable!!! I know, limitations, but just how do you expect troop leadership to make that call? Maybe a better way to handle this would be to give each Scout 1-2 "rides", and do a hole-punch on their ID tag to indicate when they've ridden the zipline so you don't have boys exceeding the number.
- Speaking of number, I know this is supposed to be all about the boys, but if you're going to try to give them the opportunities to do these different events, then maybe you should have a manageable number of Scouts at the Jamboree. In other words, figure out the ratio of Scouts to events and limit the size of the Jamboree to the ability to support that number. If you can't get 30000 Scouts through all the programs, then maybe limit the registration size to 20000 or 25000.
- Loved the standardized tents, gear, and supplied materials!!! After getting gouged by my council so they could have new tents for the council camp, and then having them dump the cots on us because of a last-minute decision that council didn't want them anymore, it seemed to make life simpler for troops. Probably can't say the same for staff, but that's another issue.
- While I hated the long bus ride, I loved the buses that were used for moving the visitors. Kudos on that one!
Okay, the floor is now open to discussion...
1st ASM, 2010 NCAC Jambo Troop 521
WB NE-IV-216 Eagle, Beaded 17 June 2010
Unit Commissioner, Goose Creek District