Jamboree troops meet Jan. 7

Central Minnesota Council National Jamboree troops 1417 and 1418 will hold their first meetings Sunday, Jan. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in St. Cloud. Check in will begin at 1:50 p.m.

Boy Scouts will get a chance to meet their troopís junior leaders and get acquainted with other jamboree Scouts as they meet in their patrols. Patrols will decide on their name and begin work on patrol flags. There will be voting for Jamboree shoulder patch designs and a kick-off for the Mister Zís product sale fund-raiser with pizza and other samples served.

All Boy Scouts should attend in uniform without merit badge sash. Participants who missed the first session or were not in uniform need to have their photographs taken. Be sure to see if you need your picture taken when you check in.

Stop at the finance table when you check in to find out the status of your account and get your jamboree patch if you have not received it yet.

Bring the folder you received at the first session as well as a pencil to take notes.

Product sale kick-off

Why not pick up some extra cash to help pay your Jambo fees or for Jambo spending money? Central Minnesota Council will be sponsoring

a fund-raiser for all Jamboree participants with Mister Zís Fund Raising Corp. Mister Zís Frozen Food Extravaganza will be available to all jamboree participants at the Jan. 7 troop meeting.

The Extravaganza includes several different pizza varieties, cheese breads, soups, stuffed croissants, potatoes and dessert items. The sale will run through Feb. 4 with delivery at the Feb. 25 troop meeting. All profits will be credited to the participantís Jamboree account to help pay for Jambo fees or for spending money if all fees have been paid. Mister Zís is celebrating 25 years of excellence in fundraising and has been used several times for Council fundraisers.

The hot sticky Virginia winds of change have blown in a cool, fresh idea for the 2001 National Scout Jamboree. Imagine after a fun-filled morning at the action center with the sun starting to sizzle, you stop by a conveniently located kiosk and pick up a lunch with a fresh sandwich, ice-cold drink, and chilled fruit or dessert.

After two years of testing, a plan has taken shape that will provide a fresh lunch for jamboree participants between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. At jamboree there will be lunch kiosks at 11 strategic locations for Scouts and leaders to pick up their lunches individually. Each participant will be issued lunch tickets similar to a plastic key ring on a lanyard designed to twist off for rapid lunch issue that are color-coded for each day starting on July 24. Lunches on the day of arrival will be picked up in lots of 40 for the entire troop.

Lunches are going to be packed in Richmond and will arrive at night on refrigerated trucks that will be stationed next to the kiosks. The lunch kiosks will be 30í X 40í awning style tents with counter access for serving on three sides. They will have signs for easy identification and be labeled on the map in the Scout Guide that Scouts receive in the spring.

 

Enclosed with this mailing is a copy of the 2001 National Scout Jamboree Health and Medical Record form No. NSJ-34412-01 for youth and adults. See the instructions included with the form.

Think Feet, Think Health, Think Fun:

By Rich D.

There is lots to do and more fun than you can cram into a lifetime at the Jamboree, but you have to be able to get to the fun. That means walking. No matter what you hear, the primary way you will see all the best fun while traveling to, participating in and traveling home from the Jamboree is your own two feet.

This means you need to think "feet." First, get yourself a good pair of walking shoes and have the well broken in before the Jamboree. Make sure they have a good thick sole as you will walk a lot on blacktop roads and trails with some rocks. Think "hot."

Second, get some sock liners to wear inside your Scout socks. The idea of double socks is to wick-away moisture and prevent friction to prevent blisters and other foot problems.

Finally, walk and walk often. Get in shape to walk about five to ten miles a day. This will assure that you are ready for Jamboree fun.

Plan on having sunscreen and bug repellant. You will be in the sun a lot and sunburn is no fun! There are no mosquitoes in the area, but there are ticks and good bug repellant will prevent ticks.

Of course, make sure you have a good water bottle. They have soda machines wherever you go, but keep in mind that this costs money and also you need to avoid caffeine or you will get sick.

Packing hint: Pack everything in a waterproof or zip-lock type bags.

Troop junior leaders chosen

Following an application and interview process, junior leaders have been selected for each Jamboree troop:

Position

Troop 1417

Troop 1418

SPL

Eric N.

John C.

ASPL

Adam I.

Shaun T.

Quartermaster

Travis S.

Matt H.

Scribe

Mike L.

Christopher M.

It is expected that these youth will provide excellent leadership and be good role models for our Jamboree Scouts at troop meetings, at pre-encampment, on the tour, and at Jamboree.

Other leadership positions are still open to Scouts. Patrol leaders and assistant patrol leaders will be elected by their patrols Jan. 7. Each troop is also seeking youth interested in serving as chaplain aide, historian, OA troop representative, and Hometown News correspondents. Talk to assistant scoutmasters Ben K. (Tp. 1417) or Carl F. (Tp. 1418) if you are interested in any of the non-elected positions.

Patrol Leader: represents his patrol as a member of the patrol leadersí council; receives assignments for patrol members from his troop leaders; informs members of his patrol of assignments and sees that they are carried out; sees that patrol tents, equipment and the area around the tents are kept neat clean and orderly; knows the whereabouts of every member of his patrol; gets his patrol to the point where the troop is forming and, when called upon by the senior patrol leader, reports and accounts for his full membership.

Assistant Patrol Leader: acts in the absence of the patrol leader; assists the patrol leader as directed.

Chaplain Aide: helps with troop program planning, considering religious holidays and including religious observances during troop activities such as jamboree troop campout and traveling to and from the jamboree; assists in planning and carrying out troop religious activities; tells troop members about the religious emblem program of their faith and how to earn one; encourages troop members to live up to the ideals of the Scout oath, Law and Slogan.

Historian: takes care of troop trophies and keepsakes; keeps a logbook about the troopís meetings and activities; keeps a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and other items about the troopís activities; collects photographs from other troop members to make a photo album of the troopís activities.

OA Troop Representative: serves as liaison for Order of the Arrow activities at the jamboree; helps troop members understand the importance of the OA troop representative in their home troop.

Hometown News Correspondents:  will have the opportunity to share their jamboree experiences with their local media. The Hometown news operation is staffed with media professionals who will guide the correspondents in creating professional news stories.

Merit Badge Offerings

Several merit badge counselors are willing to help Scouts earn jamboree related merit badges, such as Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World. Steering Committee Member Jeff D. will have interest sign up lists at the Jan. 7 troop meeting. Sign up, then stay tuned for further information.

Hello members of Jamboree Troop 1417!

It will not be long before we are on the bus traveling to one of the great adventures in Scouting: the 2001 National Jamboree!

I hope you are looking forward to this trip with as much enthusiasm as I am. It will be a fantastic experience to share with over 40,000 other Scouts and leaders. The leaders of your troop, both youth and adult, are committed to making this a positive and fun filled adventure.

At the meeting on Sunday, January 7, patrols will be formed, patrol leaders will be elected, and the fun will really begin. Planning patrol flags and emblems, troop designs, and getting to know our fellow troop members will take up a good portion of the meeting.

I would like to remind you that it is extremely important for you to attend all meetings planned during the next 9 months. It is during these meetings that you will gain the knowledge that you will need to "be prepared" for the adventure.

I look forward to actually meeting you at the meeting on January 7.

Yours in Scouting,

Steve B.

Scoutmaster

Jamboree Troop 1417

I would like to say "Hello and welcome" to Troop 1418. I am looking forward to meeting each of you personally and I am very excited about our up-coming Jamboree Trip. I hope you have a good Holiday vacation and I'll see you at our troop meeting on January 7.

Mike R.

Scoutmaster of Troop 1418

A $200 payment is due Jan. 1, 2001. Invoices have been sent to all participants. You may inquire about your account status at check-in at the Jan. 7 troop meeting. Payments in advance of due dates are welcome. Additional payments may be applied towards spending-money.

All Central Minnesota Council Jamboree Scouts are highly encouraged to participate in the Mister Zís Frozen Food Extravaganza product sale. Information and sales materials will be available at the Jan. 7 troop meeting.

Jamboree Merchandise

The 2001 National Jamboree Official Merchandise Catalog will be available to all registered jamboree participants and staff in Feb. 2001. These items can only be purchased by participants.

Some of these items may be available at jamboree trading posts, but wise memorabilia collectors purchase their items in advance from the catalog so they donít need to bring money for souvenirs or carry them home. Some of the items will only be offered for sale through this catalog. For instance, this is the only way to purchase extra official participant patches.

Advice from experienced Scouters is to buy an extra participant patch and neckerchief to leave at home. That way you will have one clean and unused for a keepsake. One neckerchief will be provided at jamboree and two patches will be provided before departure that must be sewn on your uniforms.

In order to provide everyone with an equal opportunity to get what they want, the BSA Supply Division will begin taking orders from the catalog Mar. 1, 2001. Be on the look out for your copy in the mail. It will probably be a small color flier with an order form.

A list of jamboree items is to be posted on www.scoutstuff.org soon.

Non-restricted "Meet Me At The Hill" merchandise is available now from BSA Supply Division. These promotional items are offered for jamboree buffs in the new 2001 catalog. They are not restricted to participants and staff, so everyone can enjoy a little jamboree spirit.

Waiting list grows shorter

Do you know a Boy Scout who would love to travel to Washington, D.C. and attend National Jamboree? Tell him to apply for this chance of a lifetime experience at Central Minnesota Council. Call (320) 251-3930 to get an application.

As some Scouts have dropped from the participant list, Central Minnesota Councilís waiting list has shrunk down to only one boy. There is a good chance that an applicant will get to go with our council contingent or possibly a regional troop. Qualified Scouts are encouraged to apply.

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Central Minnesota Council Jamboree tour will include a stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio on our way to Washington, D.C.

According to their web site, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made rock and roll the force in our culture that it is. For a decade and a half, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has been nominating and electing those figures, and honoring them at an annual ceremony that has become one of the most celebrated events of the year.

Once inducted, the artists are further honored when they are featured in the Museum's Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a computerized "juke box" containing virtually every song of every performer inductee; etched-glass signatures of the inductees; a film on three huge screens recounting their careers and music; and a display of artifacts from the current year's inductees.

Made up of thousands of priceless artifacts, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's permanent collection has become the repository for the most important and rare items of rock's most celebrated artists. The permanent collection spans a century and includes items from early blues shouters and the most current teen idols. It contains musical instruments, scores, handwritten lyrics, recordings and equipment; stage clothes and stage props; childhood memorabilia such as tap shoes, report cards and varsity letters. It represents nearly every major figure of rock and roll, from Louis Jordan to L7, Aretha Franklin to Z.Z. Top, Iggy Pop to Pop Staples.

Take a preview tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by visiting their web site at http://www.rockhall.com.