Jamboree troops meet April 1

Central Minnesota Council National Jamboree troops 1417 and 1418 will hold troop meetings Sunday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in St. Cloud. Check in will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Popcorn and merchandise will be ready for pick up at 1:00 p.m.  Come before the meeting starts to get your popcorn and merchandise orders. Every Scout will receive their Jamboree duffel bag and daypack. Council shoulder patches, troop numerals, most of the uniforms and other ordered items are in and will be distributed before the meeting.

Troop meeting plans include games, a review of uniforms, hotel courtesy and behavior expectations, gateway planning, and information on some of the Jamboree programs Scouts can participate in - like the Arts and Science fair and becoming a Hometown News Correspondent.

Bring completed jamboree health forms. Come in uniform. Bring your folder as well as a pencil to take notes.

Parent information meeting

While Scouts are holding their troop meeting April 1, there will be an informative gathering for interested parents and guardians.  Issues of relevant interest for parents - like money management, packing, medical concerns, and communication - will be covered with time to ask questions.  

Popcorn sale continues

Scouts who sold popcorn need to pick up their orders beginning at 1:00 p.m. before the April 1 meeting. Money for the orders is due April 23 at the Council Service Center. The exact profit for popcorn sales will not be known until after the final bill is received from Trails End and is dependent on shipping cost and the volume of popcorn sold. Profit to the boys Jamboree accounts is expected to be about 33 percent.

Profits for the Mr. Zs sale will be posted at the April 1 troop meeting.

Meeting changes made

Jamboree troop leaders have decided to add one more troop meeting on Sunday, May 6, 2 to 4 p.m. Because of poor weather for the February meeting and so much information left to be covered, they felt this would be in the best interest of the Scouts to help them be prepared for a fun and safe trip. The Scouts will also have one more opportunity to get acquainted with the other boys in their troop and patrol.

The Jamboree reunion at Ripley Rendezvous has been cancelled.

Kurt Stelten is new staff advisor

Kurt Stelten has replaced Troy Fritz as our Central Minnesota Council National Jamboree staff advisor. He has been with the Boy Scouts for five years, serving the Scenic District, our Learning for Life and Scoutreach District with direct support to all Exploring programs.

Kurt recently said, I look forward to working with the Jamboree leadership to ensure each Scout and adult leader experiences the rich tradition and excitement of a National Jamboree.

Welcome Kurt!

Thanks to Troy Fritz

Thank you to Troy Fritz for being the staff advisor for National Jamboree ever since he started preparing for the 1997 Jamboree.  He has deeded several notebooks and files of materials to new advisor, Kurt Stelten as he takes over this important Jamboree support position.

We wish Troy well in his new position as director of the St. Cloud area Boys and Girls Club.


Troop T-shirts with a design coordinating with our Paul Bunyan and Babe Jamboree shoulder patch design will be delivered in time for the pre-encampment weekend, June 22-24.  Orders were due Feb. 25, but there is still time to add shirts. Send order and payment to the Council Service Center as soon as possible.

The troop T-shirt is the activity uniform that is to be worn most of the day while at the Jamboree and can be worn on the bus during the tour.  Scouts will want to have an adequate supply of these T-shirts. Only one is provided.

Information on proper foot care and preventing chafing were covered at the February 25 troop meeting.

Plan now for comfortable walking shoes so you have time to break them in. Do a lot of walking to get in shape before the trip. Using liner socks, keeping feet clean and dry, using foot powder and changing socks often are all good techniques to avoid blisters. 

Chafing in the crotch area is also of concern in hot humid conditions with lots of walking. Medicated powders can be helpful. Wicking underwear that covers the inner thighs (like Coolmax biking or exercise shorts) can also shield this area from rubbing.

It is important to test all of these things before leaving on the trip to find what works best and to make sure there are no allergic reactions to any topical treatments.

Health personnel at Jamboree report that foot blisters are the second most treated ailment at the Jamboree following heat related injuries.

The final $250.00 payment is due May 1. Mr. Zs and popcorn sale profits can be used. Check on your account status at the April 1 troop meeting.  Mr. Zs profits will be posted.

Quartermasters to meet

Troop quartermasters will meet Saturday, March 31 to work on tent organization and preparation. Contact Troop 1418 Assistant Scoutmaster John C. for details.

Greetings members of Troop 1417!

As you are well aware, it will not be long before we are on our way to Virginia. These final few months will fly by quickly. Unfortunately, we still have a lot to do, and not much time to do it in. So much to do, and so little time to do it!

Each patrol will need to come prepared for the next troop meeting. Bring materials to work on your patrol flags and tent stake signs. Bring along your designs for our troop gateway. A design will be chosen that afternoon. And don't forget to bring your list of movies that you would like to watch on the journey.

Has your patrol held a patrol meeting yet? Why not try to hold one so that you get to know your patrol members better. The better we know each other the more fun we can have at the jamboree.

The patrol leader council (SPL, ASPL, troop scribe, troop quartermaster, and patrol leaders) will have a special outing on Saturday, April 21. We will meet at my house in Melrose and go to a movie, followed by a stop at Pizza Hut, and finish the evening by going to Melrose Bowl for some cosmic bowling. It will be a good chance for the troop leaders to get to know each other and have some fun also.

I hope to see you all at the April 1 troop meeting.

Happy Scouting,

Steve B.

Scoutmaster 1417

Numerals and JSPs enclosed

All participants should receive their two Jamboree shoulder patches and two troop numeral patches with this newsletter mailing. If you ordered additional patches, they are to be picked up just before the April 1 troop meeting.


Scouts can enter Art and Science Expo

More than a thousand entries are expected in the Jamboree Arts and Science Expo. Entry forms must be submitted by May 31, 2001. Projects will be transported to Jamboree by the contingent.

Art categories include photography, sculpture, crafts, painting, printmaking, computer graphics, drawing, and literature. Science entries may be based on any merit badge subject that is science-related.

Experts will judge all exhibits and appropriate ribbons will be awarded. Special recognitions will be given to category winners.

More information on the Arts and Science Expo will be presented at the April 1 troop meeting. Entry forms with details are available from your troop leaders.

Hometown News Correspondents wanted

Jamboree Scouts can share their adventure with everyone back home by becoming a Hometown News correspondent. They are chosen by their troop leaders in conjunction with the council. Hometown News correspondents are selected to write for their local newspaper, television or radio station. Reporters are given press passes and access to special guests for interviews. The Jamboree Hometown News staff will assist with editing and filing stories.

Ask Steve G. or D.J., Hometown News correspondents for Central Minnesota Council at the 1997 Jamboree, about their experiences.

If you have an interest in journalism, talk to your third assistant scoutmaster.

By Ben K.

3rd Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 1417

It is a hot day in Virginia as Scouts scatter the area known as Fort A.P. Hill.  Some of the Scouts explore the midway, inspecting the magnificent coin collection of the coin collecting merit badge booth.  There are the Scouts who are getting wet at the kayaking and canoeing remote centers, having a grand time working together as a team.  Still, there are the scouts who are checking out the action centers, the army display, the trading post, art and science exhibits, the pioneering center, conservation area, and the list could go on and on. 

Experiences like these are events that prove to be exciting and new.  Indeed, there are opportunities for all Scouts who are looking for a great time at the Jamboree.

The Jamboree is Scouting at its best.  It takes the skills of Boy Scouts to a higher level by providing new experiences that are fun and challenging.  In addition to this, however, Jamboree, for me, was great because it opened new perspectives and new meanings to my life.

Thinking back to my Jamboree experience, there is one vivid memory of great excitement and anticipation from the first arena show.  In a field of thousands of people, we were waiting for the arrival of the President of the United States.  The real action started as the marine helicopters flew into the landing space.  It seemed as though I was holding my breath.  A marine came out of the aircraft to stand at his place.  There was much anticipation as there was a pause before the President came out.  Finally, I saw a man with gray hair walk out beside the marine.  I could not believe what I was seeing.  A man whom I have only seen on television screen and whom I have always thought as so far away from my home, was standing within eyesight of me.  As he made his way up to the lectern, I thought about the uniqueness of this experience.  The President really does exist and he is human, too.  As we listened to the person who officially introduced the President to the audience, I thought how great it would be to be that Scout and to be able to shake the President's hand and to talk to him.   The President has a great speech that night.  I remember one his quotes from a French Voyager: "America is great because America is good."

A second experience that I clearly remember was the ceremony at the second arena show.  It included candles, flags, and fireworks.  Each scout, having a candle, spread the flame from the candle on stage to the rest of the audience.  Before we knew it, a field of candlelight illumined the parameters.  With all the scouts singing "God Bless the USA" and with the flags soaring in the wind, a chill ran through me.  To conclude it in the best possible way, a fireworks show was put on.  Never in my life have I seen so many fireworks soaring in the sky at once.  As they sparkled in the night sky, the noise became so loud that I had to cover my ears.    

These two experiences made me think about my country.  The President surely had a presence and he reminded me of the power and dignity of our nation.  The night ceremony made me think of what it means to feel patriotic towards our country.  With so many flags and so many people singing together, it reminded me that all of us are one, though different.  I also thought that we all have a common place and when we pull together, we are beautiful.  What a great country our forefathers built for us, and one that God blesses us with!   

Stop at historic Monticello home planned 

Central Minnesota Council contingent tour will continue after Jamboree with a stop at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, Virginia. According to the Monticello website, Thomas Jefferson -- author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia -- voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.  

Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years, according the website. Jefferson described the house as his "essay in architecture," but today it is recognized as an international treasure. Monticello is the only house in America on the United Nations' prestigious World Heritage List of sites that must be protected at all costs. In the year 1809, Jefferson retired from the "hated occupations of politics" and returned to "the bosom of my family, my farm, and my books." During Jefferson's retirement years, the Monticello work force executed many of Jefferson's well-crafted plans for the house and gardens. He entertained guests on a daily basis, wrote thousands of letters, read with "a canine appetite," indulged in "the tranquil pursuits of science," experimented with new plants, and designed the University of Virginia. A picture of Monticello can be found on the back of the Jefferson nickel. 

Visit http:www.Monticello.org for more information on this very interesting tour highlight.