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Top ten health tips for Jamboree:

1. Water is essential.  You must have a good water bottle that holds a least a quart of water.  Remember this will have to last for ten days of hiking and will be dropped, tossed and bumped around often, so have a good one.

2. You will need a completed Official Jamboree Health form.  Nothing else will get you in.  These have to be completed less than one year before you attend the last day of the Jamboree in most cases.  (If you have a progressive or rapidly changing health condition you may have to have an additional health information within a month of leaving for the Jamboree but this information will be covered at our pre-Jamboree meetings.)  If you will be going to the doctor for an annual physical after Mid-August, 2004 get a copy of the Jamboree health form so the Doctor can complete that when he does the exam.

3. If you plan to bring prescription medication to the Jamboree use this plan.  First make sure you have verification of the medication prescribed on your health form and your health record specifically states what medications you take and how often.  Medications will be turned into the troop Assistant Scoutmaster in charge of health and safety and will be dispensed as needed.  Make sure you have the needed information to get an emergency re-fill of medication(s) if for some unforeseen reason this would become necessary on the Jamboree trip.

4. Good hiking footwear.  There are buses at the Jamboree, but you should assume that your primary means of transportation will be on foot.  (You will have to walk to the evening shows since there is no bus option for these unless you have a disability that prevents you from walking to them.) Come prepared to walk a minimum of five miles per day.  (Boots should be mid-height at least, see number 5 below.)

5. Sock liners save feet.  You will be wearing the official Boy Scout socks and they are mostly made of cotton fabric.  When you sweat (I did not say if since it gets up in the 90’s most July days in Virginia) these socks can rub blisters on your feet fast.  Sock liners will help to keep moisture away from your feet and reduce friction.

6. Camp sandals or lightweight shoes are needed.  Giving your feet a rest and chance to cool off feels like heaven after a day of walking.  It also is essential to give your hiking shoes a chance to “air out and dry out” from time to time.

7. Waterproof boots of rubber covers are essential.  When it rains in Virginia it pours!  There are puddles everywhere and with 45,000 people using the roads and paths, some of which are not hard surface, assume there will be mud.  Wet feet are blistered feet and blistered feet are NO FUN!

8. Sunscreen is a must too.  You will be outside during the daylight hours of all days.  Campsites and many program areas have limited shade.  Use sunscreen on all exposed skin even if you think you have a good tan.  (Don't forget the back of your legs behind the knee, if this area gets burned walking and sitting will be a real pain!

9. Insect repellent is a good idea.  There are no mosquitoes to worry about in Virginia, but they do have ticks -–yep, even deer ticks.  In some program areas it would be wise to have insect repellent to put on.  You will not need a lot and DO NOT bring aerosol sprays because they can burst in the heat inside your tent.  Pump sprays are fine, but put them in a zip-lock bag.

 Water is essential this is where it starts and where it ends.  You will get sick if you do not consumer at least 2 or 3 quarts of water everyday you are at the Jamboree.  This is not a threat, but it is a fact!

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