Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Welcome to our Jamboree blog.

If a "wired" jamboree seems out of place - you are probably right, welcome to the 21st century.

Part of Scouting idealogy is to escape the technological influences that can turn us into couch potatoes and experience the "outing" that makes up 75% of Scouting.

Still - let us leaders assure that your Scouts will be looked after on this experience. We will each have cell phones and can contact people via our emergency preparedness communications plan you'll recieve before July 20. We are going to experiment in sending updates via my cell phone to this blog to help those whom worry that 15 days from home is too long. If you see no updates then you can assume we aren't near a tower or the system is overloaded. 40,000 people on an army base can overload the scant cell phone towers that may at best just surround the perimeter of Fort AP Hill.

Four leaders for 36 scouts makes our job a full-time leadership experience. We won't have time for idle chat so try to leave communications for emergencies only and through the contacts listed in the emergency preparedness plan you will all recieve. We have to make the cell phone batteries last and we won't have access to a 110V outlet to recharge them.

Hopefully you'll see Jamboree pics uploaded daily as well.

If you need information. Check this blog first. I'll send information by my phone to this site first when fast information is needed to be broadcast. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd contacts will send updates as well in case we can't update this information directly.

Yours in Scouting,
Doug Cook
Jamboree Troop 1721

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