From the Desk of Ben Jelsema
I have agreed once again to accept the leadership of the Jamboree Fishing Program. This will be the 12th National Jamboree I have managed this fishing event. Each was challenging and success was always been based on a dedicated staff, which were there for one reason – To provide very positive fishing experiences to our customers – The Scouts. To this end, I invite you to be a part of our staff.
Michael Brand will be our Vice-Lead. Michael brings strong management and communications skills. Additionally many of our past leaders will return and others perhaps will accept an expanded role.
Are you ready to “Face the Challenge”? The National Jamboree Executive Committee has announced that registration is now open for older youth and adults to participate as Jamboree Service Team (JST) members. Program options are available and I hope you might choose Fishing to positively impact Scouts and guests attending Scouting’s premier celebration. Click this link to get started. https://jamboree.scouting.org
There will be three JST sessions during the 2021 National Scout Jamboree to allow flexibility to desired applicants. You will be able to select a session that best suits your schedule when applying to serve at the Jamboree. The following sessions will apply:
● Session 1 (July 17-24, 2021)
● Session 2 (July 24-31, 2021)
● Session 3 (July 17-31, 2021)
Fees range from $450 to $895 with a deposit of $195 due at submission.
The first 2021 Jamboree Service Team applications that sign-up and pay the deposit will receive the “Challenge Accepted!” temporary uniform patch. (As shown below and if still available).
Once you sign-up your application goes through a review and approval by your council. You will be ask to select your top three staff options. Many of us will select Fishing for all three. Once an application is clear, it goes to the first option to accept. We will move quickly for accepting qualified staffers.
Last Jamboree we had 84 on staff and for 2021 we have approval for a nice increase in order for our staff to have more time off to enjoy the Jamboree. I now urge you the sign-up early and get a fellow Scouter to join you to staff fishing.
C. Ben Jelsema
BSA National Outdoor Program Committee
Chair, BSA National Fishing Committee
BSA National Vietnamese Committee
President’s Cabinet- Central Florida Council
Chair, CFC High Adventure Committee
USAngling Board of Directors
Life Member - Trout Unlimited