Jamboree troops meet Feb. 25

Central Minnesota Council National Jamboree troops 1417 and 1418 will hold troop meetings Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the usual location in St. Cloud. Check in will begin at 1:50 p.m.

Mr. Zís products will be ready for pick up at 12:20 p.m. Come before the meeting starts to get your frozen foods.

Troop junior leaders held a patrol leadersí council meeting to plan the troop meeting while they were at their leadership training session Feb. 18.

Central Minnesota Council order forms for uniforms, T-shirts, shoulder patches, pins, and more are due at this monthís troop meeting.

All Boy Scouts should attend in uniform without merit badge sash. Some participants who were not in uniform still need to have their photographs taken. Be sure to see if you need your picture taken when you check in.

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

Pick up products

Mr. Zís products sold by Scouts will be ready for pick up prior to the start of the Feb. 25 troop meeting. Arrive as early as 12:20 p.m. to get your order and take it to your car to keep it frozen. Fund raising coordinator Carl L. is seeking assistance from parents/guardians to help with unloading and distribution. Call him if you can help.

A single check written to "Central Minnesota Council" is due at the Council Service Center by Mar. 12.

Popcorn sale begins

Central Minnesota Council Jamboree participants are being given another opportunity to earn money for their trip by participating in a special Trails End popcorn sale. Some of the same delicious products that units sell every year will be available.

Sales materials will be distributed at the Feb. 25 troop meeting. Orders are due Mar. 20 and the merchandise will be ready for pick up at the Apr. 1 troop meeting. Earnings will be available after money is due Mar. 21.

Patch design chosen

The Central Minnesota Council Jamboree shoulder patch has been ordered. The design features Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox on a blue background. The patch is fully embroidered.

Each Central Minnesota Council participant will be provided two shoulder patches to sew on their uniform. Additional patches may be purchased for keepsakes and trading. Jamboree shoulder patches are the most traded items at National Jamboree.

Order contingent merchandise

All contingent Scouts were recently mailed the revised Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America Jamboree Order Form. District Director Troy F. was able to secure a special price for uniforms just for Jamboree Scouts reflected on this revised form. Orders must be placed by Feb. 25.

Besides the special uniform prices, this form includes ordering for additional shoulder patches and troop numerals (two provided for uniforms), hatpins, a video, equipment, and troop T-shirts.

T-shirts

Troop T-shirts will have a design that coordinates with our Paul Bunyan and Babe jamboree shoulder patch design. The troop T-shirt is the activity uniform that is to be worn most of the day while at the jamboree. The official Boy Scout uniform shirt is worn for touring, at arena shows and other times designated at jamboree. T-shirts can be worn on the bus, but the uniform shirt is put on whenever leaving the bus during the tour.

Scouts will want to have an adequate supply of these T-shirts. One is provided. Order by Feb. 25.

Equipment

All of the two burner propane stoves and Eureka Timberline-4 tents purchased for jamboree are for sale. These items will only be used for the June encampment weekend and for the week of jamboree, so they should be in like new condition. Scouts buying a tent should be able to sleep in the tent they have purchased to closely supervise its care.

Stove and tent orders will be filled in the order received. After June 1, any remaining equipment can be bought by the participantsí home troops.

National Jamboree merchandise

Every Scout registered by January should be receiving a National Jamboree merchandise catalog in the mail from National Equipment Supply. These items can only be purchased by registered participants and staff beginning Mar. 1, 2001. The catalog should also include a PIN number for ordering on line at www.jamboreestuff.org. If you were not registered by January, get a catalog from your third assistant scoutmaster and a PIN number will be mailed to you on a post card from BSA.

Ordering your jamboree memorabilia from the catalog instead of buying at the jamboree means you can better plan your budget and you wonít have to pack these items to bring home. Also, some of these things will not be available at the jamboree trading posts.

Each participant will receive their official jamboree neckerchief when they get to jamboree. However, many Scouts purchase one via the catalog. That way, they have a nice clean one to leave at home for a special memento.

All participants were mailed the 2001 National Scout Jamboree Health and Medical Record form No. NSJ-34412-01 and return envelope in December. Write in blue or black ink and do not fold this form. It must be returned to Central Minnesota Council by April 1. If you have not had your Hepatitis B vaccination yet, make plans immediately as this is a series of three shots spaced over four to six months. If you donít have time to complete the series by April 1, have your doctor mark this as "in progress."

Make a copy for your own records before mailing your form or turning it in at the Apr. 1 troop meeting.

A $200.00 payment is due Mar. 1. Scouts may check the status of their account when checking in at the Feb. 25 troop meeting. Profits from the Mr. Zís and Trails End will be available to pay for fees, uniforms, merchandise, or spending money.

Profits from Mr. Zís are:

# 1-14 40%

# 15-17 36%

# 18-22 40%

# 23-26 33%

Popcorn profits should be about 33%.

Merit badges

Steering Committee Member Jeff Debrobander is coordinating an effort to offer related merit badges for jamboree Scouts. Jeff is especially looking for merit badge counselors for Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World as this tie in very well with our Washington DC trip. Contact Jeff (320-251-3007) if you would like to volunteer to provide sessions for related merit badges for jamboree Scouts.

Jeff had interest sign up forms at the January troop meeting. Recruited merit badge counselors will contact Scouts from these lists. No time will be taken away from troop meetings for merit badge sessions.

There will be a merit badge midway at the national jamboree. Currently, every merit badge is planning to have a booth. At the midway, Scouts can see displays and demonstrations of merit badges they may be interested in. Some will offer sessions to complete some of the requirements. The jamboree merit badge midway is an excellent place to meet experts you may not have access to at home.

Jambo Scouts, the days are counting
down, make sure you keep yourself focused as to what's ahead.  Planning and organization is what's going to make
your trip enjoyable and exciting. Be
Prepared!!  Looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 25.  We have a lot to get
accomplished.

Mike Romstad

Scoutmaster Troop 1418  

Travel

The Central Minnesota Council Contingent will be traveling by air-conditioned motor coach to Virginia. Scouts can wear their activity T-shirts on the bus, but should have their official uniform shirt on a hanger ready to wear tucked in to uniform shorts for any stops on the way. Hat, neckwear, belt, and official socks complete the uniform. To the people who see them, every boy represents the Boy Scouts of America and leaves an impression by his appearance and behavior.

Tour stops will include the RockíníRoll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on the way to Washington DC as well as Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Beach, and the Indy 500 Museum on the way home. There will be two days of touring in Washington, DC before going to the jamboree.

Scouts will want to plan things to keep them occupied while riding many hours on the bus. Small items that can be carried in the daypack are recommended. The contingent leaders and PLC are formulating a policy on the use of electronic devices.

While traveling, meal breaks will include picnic lunches and some restaurant stops. Some Scouts may also wish to bring snacks that will pack easily for the bus.

Third Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 1417 Carl Ferkinhoff wrote the following essay over three years ago after returning from the 1997 National Jamboree he attended as a youth in Central Minnesota Council. (He says he got an "A.")

A Scene from My Life

By Carl Ferkinhoff

As my troop formed ranks and trudged in the hot evening air, the type of air that makes you breath heavy and clothes uncomfortably stick to your body. I knew at last that the Boy Scout Jamboree was happening. I had waited almost an entire year for this moment, but I no longer had to wait. We walked towards the road where we would join other Scouts on their procession to the amphitheater for the opening. There was talking of what was going to happen later that night. Some were talking of the President's visit, others of the laser light show, and still others of the activities they took part in earlier that day. I was silent, whether it was in exhaustion over my very active day, or because I was in deep thought about how lucky I was to be there and how many others that couldn't come, I do not know.

We walked for what seemed an eternity, my feet getting sore from the rock hard pavement below my feet. We walked out in the open and through the trees and finally found our way into a wide-open space where there were thousands of scouts and other guest. There were also several huge hot air balloons that seemed to stretch a mile into the sky. We slowly made our way to where a blob of people separated themselves like the ends of a split hair. We walked through metal detectors and had our bags searched. I could just feel my heart beat faster and faster in anticipation of seeing the President in person. My troop walked excitedly to the other side of the amphitheater where our seats were waiting. When we arrived at our seats others around me sighed in agony, we had been placed where the ground had decided to grow goose bumps. The rock pierced up through your clothing making it very painful to sit down. I had a pad to sit on so it was not too bad. Others weren't quite so fortunate. The rocks made the wait for the ceremony to begin almost unbearable. After I sat down I pulled out my gourmet meal, a can of bland chicken salad, a box of crackers, a Nutrigrain bar, beef stick and some rather acidic tasting water. It was hot, so the water felt good rolling down my throat and dribbling on my scorched face.

The wait was made a little more pleasant by a sky diving show put on by the Army's Golden Nights. They were great. A plane flew overhead, after a few seconds we saw a spec, much like the size of a gnat that won't stop bothering you. Then all a sudden the parachuter was safely on the ground. They did all sorts of stunts: spirals, loopty-loops, rode piggyback and many others. When ever a parachuter came down it made my skin cringe in fear. They were the acrobats of the sky.

If I stood up all I could see was hats, in a million different colors: oranges, blues, greens, purples and reds. Any color you could think of you found there. It was as if the diversity of all the world's different species had been made into colors and thrown down in one big pile at the amphitheater. Before long, the sun went behind the trees. The scorching light of the sun finally replaced by the cool breezes of the night. With a roar that reverberated up your spine, two F-15 Tomcats flew over. Then every one in the amphitheater stood and sang the national anthem. When listening to a hundred thousand people sing the nation's anthem it made me gasp in wonder and excitement. After a short wait a huge helicopter arrived, no two helicopters, and yet a third, finally the fourth and final helicopter landed. Each helicopter threw up a cloud of dust that was as thick as a wall and made you cough in pain. Their blades clapping against the wind made your ears ache. The door on the fourth helicopter opened and out he came. At the site of seeing the President everyone stood and stared in amazement. The President of the United States of America stood no more than a hundreds yard away. The band only encouraged our excitement by playing "Hail to the Chief."

The President made his way up to the podium. In his speech he recognized the influences of scouting on the community and he challenged us to continue our community service. During his speech everyone's eyes were glued to him, he had the attention of one hundred thousand people. His speech made my heart jump up into my throat and my brain fill with blood. After The President's speech, he was awarded the Silver Buffalo and was given the honorary position of head of the Boy Scouts of America. Before the President left he came down and shook hands with some people. I didn't get to shake his hand but just to think of what it would be like made me stop and think.

After the president left there was a Disney show, but the dark tendrils of night beckoned my eyes closed. Eventually I woke up just in time to see a spectacular laser light show. It told the story of loyalty to our nation and that we should obey the Scout Law. The lasers cut a across the night sky like a hot knife through butter. It looked like a force field you might find on Star Trek.

After the laser show was over we slowly walked back to our campsite to sleep. On the way back I thought about how I was now part of history. I was able to make it to the Boy Scout national Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The Jamboree had at last begun.