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Old 04-29-2006, 08:48 AM
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I am Looking for a Jamboree

The Minneapolis council is sponsoring a Jamboree here next summer.

My coleader suggested this as an alternative to a trip.

Our girls are really interested in an out of state trip, but the idea of a Jamboree really interests them. So I thought finding a Jamboree somewhere else in the next year or two would be a great affordable alternative. We would have the experience of meeting girls from all over AND a trip to a new place.

Here comes the hard part, finding a Jamboree that isn't local...I searched the GSUSA site,nothing. I talked to my SUM, she had no ideas, I called my council office, the woman I talked to there suggested that I call GSUSA.

I called GSUSA. They said that since Jamborees are council and state run, they don't have a list or do any promoting. The woman I talked to suggesting finding GS networking groups online OR start contacting states and councils...

So, here I am, asking all of you if you know of any Jamborees coming up or of any other networking groups that I might ask.

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Lisa H
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:03 AM
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Lisa, I can find the website for my Council in South Jersey and post it here, if that will help you.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:54 PM
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Barb,

Thanks for the offer, I am really hoping that if I find enough places to post my question, I may find a Jamboree that's not in Minnesota.

I think it would be such an awesome experience for my troop.

Lisa
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:10 PM
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Lisa, I checked my local council website and the only Jamboree they mention is the one in Minnesota!
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Old 05-06-2006, 02:25 PM
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Being a GS leader is a microcosm of Life, if you know what I mean! Whatever problems we get in GS, how we work through them is going to help prepare the girls for dealing with what life brings us.

My very-active-troop wanted to do everything, too, and the lesson there is that there will always be things in life that you want, and more than you have money or time to do. So who decides which to do? Well, that is when you sit down with your Patrol leaders and put the ball in their court. How much money do you have, how much are you going to need to do what you want, and how do you decide what you really want? The ball, in Girl Scouts, is always about the girls learning to make the decisions themselves.

We ended up doing the Camporee (as we call the service-unit-level camp-outs) each year, plus another camping trip that was just our troop. We took two trips to Savannah and some years, a camping trip of more distance, one to St. Augustine, FL and the other to a campsite north of Tampa that had tents-in-treehouses, 50 ft up in the air.

In order to afford to do everything they wanted to do, we had to make choices, we had to budget, we had to figure out how many calendars/cookies we'd have to sell, and we'd have to come up with ways we had to be frugal/cut corners.

Those girls are now between the ages of 23 and 27. I occasionally run into one or another of them, and what incredibly fond memories they have of all the things we did. And what's the most satisfying part? Being thanked for this-or-that-that-we-learned-how-to-do-the-time-we-sent-to-such-and-such. I've been thanked for teaching budgeting and living-within-our-means, about cake-decorating and menu-planning and writing-thank-you-notes and clogging and singing songs when the rain starts pouring down unexpectedly to how to deal with death. A girl in our troop was hit by a drunk driver and died, which was devastating to all of us. You learn how to deal with Life with the tools you develop in Scouting. You could almost write a book, Everything I Needed to Learn In Life, I Learned in Girl Scouting.

Hope that helps a bit.

Rani
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:00 PM
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Lisa, I checked our site (kyanags.org) and we don't have any listed either. I only found an old reference to one in Minnesota. We do have lots of camps so you could see if your girls can sign up for one of those.
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