Utah Venturing Crew Earns Their Own Way to Jamboree 2013
By Ken Krogue
Jul 18, 2013

Utah Venturing Crew Earns Their Own Way to Jamboree 2013

How do you get 8 young men, mostly from Alpine, Utah, to spend 9 straight months earning $2500 each to go to the mountains of West Virginia for 10 days?

Show them a really cool video about zip lines, whitewater rafting, BMX biking, rappelling, iPhone apps, scuba diving, and skateboarding.

Then tell them how much fun they can have at Bechtel Summit, the site of the 2013 Jamboree.

Throw in a church history to upstate New York and a patriotic history tour to Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and our Nations Capital (and Capitol) for five extra days and the chance for several of them to fly on an airplane and leave their home state and they just might be willing to work that long and that hard.

How do you get 8 young men, mostly from Alpine, Utah, to spend 9 straight months earning $2500 each to go to the mountains of West Virginia for 10 days?

How do you get 8 young men, mostly from Alpine, Utah, to spend 9 straight months earning $2500 each to go to the mountains of West Virginia for 10 days?

Oh, and the chance to interact with other Venturing Crews from all over the world and to be a part of a larger troop of young men and young women from Trapper Trails Council and Wisconsin and you can just about get them to do it.

“It was definitely the cool video we saw about Jamboree,” said Austin and Nate Walker, two brothers who sold popcorn, aerated lawns, sold flashlights, and helped a family (the author’s) move their 30 years of accumulated stuff from Alpine, Utah to Mapleton.

Jacob Krogue, Garett Vance, Nathan Walker, Austin Walker, Ed Oliverson, Nathan Shattuck, Justin Schultz, and Joseph Krogue make up the Venturing Crew that began their $2500 fundraising odyssey on Halloween weekend 2012 and finished the day before they flew to Buffalo to catch the bus that they lived on for 6 days.

“The Popcorn sales were great until after Christmas,” said Jacob Krogue, the Venturing Crew President from community Crew from Alpine, Utah. “We struggled keeping popcorn sales going, so we moved to lawn aeration and selling HybridLight solar flashlights, they sold like crazy.”

“The only problem we had was in Cedar Hills when I was selling popcorn and a guy opened the door and he yelled at me and told me his neighborhood didn’t like soliciting,” said Joseph Krogue, another member of Jamboree Venturing Crew 710K, “I told him we weren’t soliciting, we were fundraising to go to Jamboree! After that, we were much more careful and never had any problems at all.”

The young men decided to pool their sales and fundraising together to make sure that all 8 of them could go. One young man was very busy working at a Scout camp and going to Philmont right up until the day before they flew to Buffalo, New York, so they all just pitched in and sold a little bit more. “All for one and one for all,” was their motto.

They got a little nudge from 33 Utah National Park Council Executives on a Saturday morning who bought 165 HybridLights in 3 minutes and many of the employees of InsideSales.com who bought 129 flashlights when the boys came in uniform and shared their salesmanship skills at the end of a company meeting.

Garett Vance and Jake Krogue, relax in pickup swimming pool after 9 months of fundraising to go to Jamboree 2013

Garett Vance and Jake Krogue, relax in pickup swimming pool after 9 months of fundraising to go to Jamboree 2013

What did they do when they got tired of pooling together all their hard work?

Garett Vance and Jake Krogue put a somewhat waterproof tarp in the bed of the Vance family pickup truck and filled it up with water and just had a portable pool party to get out of the summer heat.

Boys will be boys!

In 90 plus degree heat with nearly that much humidity in the mountains of West Virginia, they are wishing they brought their portable pool along!

Stay tuned as the boys share their experiences as one of the very first venturing crews to attend Jamboree!

Jacob Krogue gives victory sign after his Utah National Parks Venturing Crew of 8 each earns $2500 to go to Jamboree 2013

Jacob Krogue gives victory sign after his Utah National Parks Venturing Crew of 8 each earns $2500 to go to Jamboree 2013

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