Son just got back. He had an amazing time. Did a tremendous amount of activities (his troop went to Summit last summer so he knew his way around and had done a lot of the high traffic stuff already), lots of good fellowship, raved about the program. He was able to distinguish what was scoutlike and what wasn't from the POTUS speech (both by the speaker AND the audience.
My disappointment: stories of lots of unscoutlike behavior. borrowed w/o return phone chargers (phones were encouraged to use the jambo app), scouts huddling by the charging stations so they can unplug boys who drop off their phones and charge theirs. Biggest bummer: the patch trading. boys just being rude, dismissive and just out right mean. There is no call to insult other council sets that aren't as elaborate, don't have a famous logo, don't have 12 CSPs and 4 lodge flaps. If yo do not wish to trade that is ok, but one can say no thanks or be polite, not just give the back of the hand. And it wasn't just kids, adult scouters as well. I understand the pre jambo hype for trading and see the neat possibilities to meet/learn about other areas but now they are QR coded so there scarcity and "value" can be assessed. My son made plenty of trades, was very happy w/ his haul and had an overall good experience but I could sense his disappointment with the attitudes and behaviors of many of his fellow scouters. And these stories have been repeated by the parents of other boys I have spoken too. Is this the norm for Jambo, I am not saying that. I have no idea how widespread this was and I get this is all anecdotal based on what the boys from our troop experienced.
Again, my son didn't out a blanket or spend massive amounts of time on trading so he got out what he put in, found some patches he liked and met some boys from all over. He spent most of time having adventures and had a great time. Not ranting to indict jambo, just a little disappointed in less than optimal behavior which I Guess is to be expected in a gathering that large.
rant over thanks for listening.
Edited by John-in-KC, 31 July 2017 - 08:05 AM.
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