By Harold Jepsen
Mar 07, 2015

Gotta Go! “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner”

National Jamboree and Tour Experience                                       Unit 26, Alpine District

JamboMar1Participating in a National Scout Jamboree and Tour, Scouts and Ventures have the chance to camp side by side with troops and crews from all over the U.S., even with units from other countries.

A great thing about it is everyone is striving to live by the same principles of the Scout Oath and Law. It’s a great opportunity to make friends and share experiences. A young man gets a chance to know people from different regions, different backgrounds, and different beliefs. They learn firsthand there are many good individuals out there striving to live life as they are themselves.

A fun activity our Jamboree troop (four patrols and 40 Scouts) enjoyed was trading patrols for dinner with other Jamboree units. During the 10 day encampment, one of our patrols would invite one or two patrols from a different troop over for dinner. We would send a compliment of our Scouts to the other troop in return. Sitting at the table, dressed in uniforms with unit specific regalia, conversations from every topic would ensue—discussions ranging from hobbies, sports, and beliefs, to “what’s it like where you live? Surprisingly, even a little politics would become a dinner time subject with Scouts.

One such night, as dinner was cleaning up, several of our Scouts who enjoyed dinner in the trading troop’s camp, came running back. We wondered why all the hurry, and where was the remainder of their patrol? They said, “We need more, we need more.” JamboMar2“More what?” we asked. They recounted how during the dinner table visit, religion became the topic. As they shared beliefs, many became curious to know more.

Our troop, being largely comprised of practicing LDS Scouts, had the opportunity to share LDS faith beliefs, pass-along cards, and even LDS books of scripture. Apparently this discussion lead to exhausting the supply in their day packs, and they had hustled back to camp for more.

Scouting’s faith based principles allows Scouts to learn reverence and understanding for all religions as well as gives young men a chance to share with others what they believe. Participating in a National Jamboree and Tour gives this opportunity on the grandest scale. Scouts can put into practice now what they will practice in serving and honoring their faith throughout their life. It’s learning the Scouting way.

In 2017, the Utah National Parks Council will send 600 participants on the National Jamboree and Tour experience. Applications may be submitted at utahscouts.org/jamboree beginning January of 2015. You Gotta Go!

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Author: Harold Jepsen | Council 2017 Jamboree Chair
To register or learn more about Jamboree, visit UtahScouts.org or find us on FaceBook.

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