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BSAGuy
Just got the email today that BSA is cancelling the National Jamboree set for next July.  That's one year away for anyone keeping score.

That's a big bummer on several levels.  Thousands of kids won't get to experience this incredible event which creates life-long memories.  I won't get to hang out with the BSA friends from all over the USA that I have made at prior Jamborees.  Another nationally-renowned, signature event that bites the dust.

I think that low sign-ups were most likely to blame.  This is a pretty expensive ticket.  The BSA charges $1,175 for the 10 day event and the transportation and other costs for pre and post-Jamboree trips can add another $600 - $2,000 for each Scout.

Families are under a lot of financial stress with this virus mess.  Local councils are also stressed with cancellation of money makers like summer camp.  Uniform and gear sales are off 90% locally.  Our Council has laid off staff and put some others on unpaid furlough.

The LDS Church withdrew all their boys from Scouts as of 1/1/20 which took out 17% of membership nationwide.  Out west, some councils are down 80-90% in enrollment and they are selling off their Council HQ buildings and camps to raise cash.

Just a sad day for an 110-year-old organization that has meant so much in my life and the lives of my two sons and all the millions of men out there who have been Scouts and/or are current volunteer Scouters.

I am sure that the BSA will persevere, but getting from here to there is going to be a really tough uphill hike.
- Courtenay
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GCinSC

Courtney,

Put your uniform on and have a Cracker Barrel leaders campfire. I’d join you. 

For non scouters, Cracker barrel is not the restaurant it’s the Scout Leaders GTG after the Scouts are lights out.  

Be prepared  

Gary 

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Bumpkin 95
It’s tuff for me to think of the BSA not being around. I pray they find that bridge to the next generation. Truly some of the best times of my youth. 
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mowgod
Not surprised as all the lawsuits and bad publicity from.the abuse stuff.  Here in my area there almost non existent and the ones that do exist do almost nothing with the boys and it's not right the group I've been part of for 31 yrs is struggling too kids aren't outdorsey and if it dont involve a phone with internet they want nothing to do with it
Phil
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bowenstudios
This is a bummer, my son was looking forward to his one chance to go to the jamboree. We've done day trips to the last national jamboree and the world jamboree, we are only a couple hours from Summit Betchtel Reserve. Because of the age restrictions, 12-18, most boys only get 1 onppurtunity to go to the jamboree as a scout, he'll be 15 so the next one will be after he ages out. I went to the 93 jamboree, I didnt turn 12 till a month or so later, but my scout master pulled some strings, he was on the national council. My troop took I think 40 or 48 boys and went as a separate troop from th normal mixed council troop. It made a big impression on me as a young scout. 
-Mike
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bowenstudios
I wonder if they'll bump it to another year if things clear up?
-Mike
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BSAGuy
This is a bummer, my son was looking forward to his one chance to go to the jamboree. We've done day trips to the last national jamboree and the world jamboree, we are only a couple hours from Summit Betchtel Reserve. Because of the age restrictions, 12-18, most boys only get 1 onppurtunity to go to the jamboree as a scout, he'll be 15 so the next one will be after he ages out. I went to the 93 jamboree, I didnt turn 12 till a month or so later, but my scout master pulled some strings, he was on the national council. My troop took I think 40 or 48 boys and went as a separate troop from th normal mixed council troop. It made a big impression on me as a young scout. 


Hi Mike,

I understand your disappointment for your son.  If it soothes things for him, he could serve on staff or go as a third assistant scoutmaster next time.

This is also a bad break for Beckley, Glen Jean, Oak Hill, Mt. Hope and the other communities close to the Summit. 

And yes, Mike.  I am sure the BSA will have this event as soon as they can.  These are important, flagship events and despite the confluence of circumstances that have caused the cancellation of the 2021 event, I am 100% sure they will have it in summer of 2022 if that is at all feasible,
- Courtenay
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BSAGuy wrote:


Hi Mike,

I understand your disappointment for your son.  If it soothes things for him, he could serve on staff or go as a third assistant scoutmaster next time.

This is also a bad break for Beckley, Glen Jean, Oak Hill, Mt. Hope and the other communities close to the Summit. 

And yes, Mike.  I am sure the BSA will ave this event as soon as they can.  These are important, flagship events and despite the confluence of events that have caused the cancellation of the 2021 event, I am 100% sure they will have it in summer of 2022 if that is at all feasible,


Courtenay,
You are correct on all accounts. I'm just glad he still seems to want to be involved in scouts. We'll see if he stays as active once he starts high school. I will say he is much more organized than I ever was, even when completing my eagle. We but heads on many things, but I think he still wants do do many of the things I did. 
I was also at the first jamboree at the summit. However, I was just there for one day doing pottery demonstrations. I would love to get the opportunity to go beyond the visitor area.
-Mike
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drkillemquick
That really sucks for all involved. Hopefully it will be held in 22.

I was involved in scouts as a youth and leader for almost 20 years. My father was involved for 40. 
Scoits near me has almost completely disappeared. I am now involved with Sea Cadets as is my son. 

I have many fond memories of scouting including attending the canadian jamboree in 85.
Donnie
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williamlee111
mowgod wrote:
Not surprised as all the lawsuits and bad publicity from.the abuse stuff.  Here in my area there almost non existent and the ones that do exist do almost nothing with the boys and it's not right the group I've been part of for 31 yrs is struggling too kids aren't outdorsey and if it dont involve a phone with internet they want nothing to do with it

unfortunately, +1
Not looking for anything. I have too much already, my wife says. 
 
 Bill
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Orangebucket
As an Eagle and a Woodbadger, I am severely disappointed that scouting is quickly going the way of the Dodo. I don’t think it can be avoided. Parent age men and women just don’t value what scouting is all about anymore. At least not in the numbers needed. The idea of self-sufficiency, moral direction, Love of country, and leadership the way scouting teaches does not fit with ‘modern’ thinking. The general lack of believing in a higher power (any kind you wish) is fading as well. It’s too bad. We need that now more than ever.
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GCinSC

I’ve shown my grandson several simple knots that I learned in Scouts. 

Life skills taught to me by BSA leaders passing them on to grandson. 

Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
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clifforddward
Tough times these days for BSA, but I for one hope they come out on the other side of the latest issues....while not the only program for a boy to become a man, it certainly filled the bill for my Dad, me, and my youngest son.

And here's hoping the Jamboree makes it back in time for the youth in the program to be able to participate before they age out.  Like Courtenay I am confident the event will be re-scheduled for the first anticipated year that it can be safely attended....hopefully 2022 or 2023 for the sake of those youth now in the program.

The National Jamboree was one of the highlights of my scouting career...and there again it is a bit of a family thing for us...Dad went to the '37 National and World Jambos, I went to '73 (east) and my youngest went to the 2000 Jamboree....while each had a different experience, all of us came away from the events with unique memories.

Around here (in central North Carolina) Scouting is fairly strong and we have active leadership and youth participation.  Perhaps not the percentage of youth as when I was a scout back in the 70's, but a respectable group from the community. 
Cliff Ward
Cary, North Carolina
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Chucker
Our local Scouts have as much participation as in recent years including girl troops. It's the National BSA and multiple regional council's that haven't figured things out yet. 

Sad but many youth can still be reached and helped with Scouts and similar organizations. 
Chuck
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Gasman64
I'm sad for you, Courtenay, that is rough...I never made it beyond "Webelos", but I sure envied those who stayed with Scouting.  It's been such a fine program for youth, and I would have been better off had I stayed in.
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I quit scouts when I reached First Class because I didn't want to do any more bloody merit badges. I only liked the camping... Now if they had actually still taught genuine woodcraft I might have stayed... you know, like starting the fire with flint and steal instead of the easy way... I went too one Klondike, My brother stayed in longer and went to Philmont...
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