Kevin V. Hunt
Scouting Historian, Author, Blogger , Speaker, Scouting Veteran, and Camp Director
IT TOOK A LOT OF WORK AND ADVANCE PREPARATIONS TO GET US TO THE JAMBOREE
Most of the Jamboree memories I have been sharing were recorded years after the events transpired. (And I might add that those memories get better all of the time – PHD – piled higher and deeper – with the passage of time!) But, there is nothing like a “primary source” (recorded close to the event) to truly “tell it how it was”. So, although there might be some duplication of stories, it might be of interest (to some of you) to hear of the Jamboree through a “Primary Source”. That source is my own personal journal which I recorded on each day that it happened. At that time, I had started my journal writing only a few months before. So, I was truly a “journal neophyte” and the entries are kind of sparse. Now forty plus years later, and having made a daily entry for each day since then, my journal entries have become much more comprehensive and detailed. The journal entries include many about pre-Jamboree preparations – since these are truly a part of the total experience – as well as entries for the event itself. It took us almost two years to get ready for the Jamboree – but I have journal notes for only the three months just before the Jamboree. (And I wish that I had started the journal sooner!)
But, such as they are, I am now happy to share these entries with you:
SUNDAY, MAY 20TH, 1973
[On this day I was 18 years old. And after the challenge from Darwin Gunnell, my young adult Sunday school teacher – this was the day that I began keeping a daily journal …] … I spent the afternoon trying to get our order in for Scout Jamboree camping equipment [and that was long before computers so this would have been a paper order – and the supplier somehow found without the use of computer search engines]. Leon Jones of Lehi finally got his Jamboree tent money over to me.
TUESDAY, MAY 22ND,
Tonight I took our Scouts out selling tickets for the chuck wagon dinner we are having to raise money for our Jamboree funds. We sold about $30 worth. Kent Jones told me that he and Jayne will not be able to help on square dancing at our dinner – nor with the promised generator.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD,
… I went to Scoutmaster Jim Johnson’s house to talk about the chuck wagon dinner.
THURSDAY, MAY 24TH,
… I went and picked up our jamboree personal equipment at the LeSueur’s Men Store [A Scout Distributor in town]. I got cashier’s checks for the troop tents and equipment. … I spent the rest of the day worrying about tomorrow’s chuck wagon dinner. I hope that tomorrow is long enough to get everything done. Boy, I’ll sure be glad when the dinner is over.
FRIDAY, MAY 25TH
I spent the whole day today getting ready for the Scout chuck wagon dinner (to raise funds for the Jamboree). I had to go many places trying to “get it all together”. The dinner got off to a rotten start because no one was at the church at the right time. We arrived at “Crismon Hill” and the Scout mothers and I tried (frantically) to get the biscuits cooked. Dilworth Brinton was going to cook them but had to go out of town at the last minute. I made 25 gallons of root beer in a big 50-gallon drum. We drank all of it. The dinner itself turned out pretty good. I was afraid we would not have enough salad but I guess everyone but the last 15 people had some. The campfire program went as well as could be expected after everything else flopping. Half of the performers did not show up. We connected the microphone and record player to a small generator that Jim bought. Louise Nuland helped with dancing after Kent Jones fell through. I came home exhausted and went to bed. [Note: In spite of the challenges, all participants seemed to have a grand time and they talked about the event for a long time afterwards.]
TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH
… I went to a meeting about the Jamboree pre-training. …
FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH
… Some of our troop Jamboree equipment came today from Mercantile in St. Louis. I typed another letter tonight to Colorado Tent and Awning Company. I think I finally got all of the Jamboree tentage ordered and paid.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13TH,
… In our Scout meeting tonight we discussed Scout camp and the Jamboree and then went shopping for some material for new troop neckerchiefs. We picked out some pretty green and gold material. My sister, Lesa, volunteered to make them tomorrow.
MONDAY, JUNE 25TH, (after a week of Scout Camp with our troop Scouts)
The tents for the Jamboree came today from Colorado Tent and Awning Company. Scoutmaster Jim and I took the tents over to the two Lehi troops (which they had ordered with us).
TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH,
“… [Tonight] I worked on the plans for the chuck boxes for the Jamboree.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28TH
Today was my day off from work. Scoutmaster Jim and I worked all morning and until 2:00 PM making the chuck boxes and equipment boxes for the Jamboree. We got them all assembled. Now to add the finishing touches!
FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH
After I got home I painted the chuck boxes and equipment boxes until 11:30 PM
SUNDAY, JULY 1ST
… At 4:30 PM I went to a Jamboree meeting. We got most of our plans finalized. … When I got home I typed four stencils about the National Jamboree equipment, etc. to send to the Scouts and parents. [I really had to think about this for a minute. That was long before printers and computers. So, this was the old stencil for the round drum “ditto machine”. Wow!]
MONDAY, JULY 2ND
… I immediately started on the chuck boxes – putting the handles on. I got most of them on and found that I had done them wrong. I dittoed off the letter for the Scouts about the Jamboree and got them ready to mail.
TUESDAY, JULY 3RD,
I put some more handles on the chuck boxes. I then got in a “pit” and couldn’t do anything. As a last resort to relaxation, my brother Darc and I went for a sundae at Dairy Queen.
THURSDAY, JULY 4TH,
Today was a day of leisure. I slept in until 9:00 Am. … All afternoon Dad and I put the handles and hinges on the Jamboree boxes.
FRIDAY, JULY 5TH
This morning Darcy and I worked on the gateway for the Jamboree. … Many of the Scouts and I sold sno-cones at the baseball games at Ellsworth Park (to try to earn some more jamboree money). We made about $30.
FRIDAY, JULY 6TH,
I spent the whole day on Scouting. I planned menus, worked on equipment boxes, gateways, etc. And tomorrow we are having our pre-Jamboree training. We are now at Bushnell Tanks – up by the town of Sunflower. It is really a nice place and I think we are learning a lot about what we’ll have to do on the Jamboree.
SATURDAY, JULY 7TH,
We continued our Jamboree training this morning. There were only six (of the 13) Scouts – Delane, Markley, Don, Darcy, John and Kenny up here with us. We fixed breakfast and then had some discussions about the Jamboree. After lunch we came home. This afternoon I cut out two more Saguaro cactus men for the gateway.
MONDAY, JULY 9TH,
After work I passed Robert on his camping skill award. I then cut out the last cactus guy for the gateway.
THURSDAY, JULY 12TH,
Another hectic and busy day off. I was on the go all day. I worked on the gateway again and painted the guys green.
MONDAY, JULY 16TH,
… I worked all of my spare time on some puzzles for the boys to do on the bus on the way to the Jamboree. I wish that I could think of everything I need to do to get ready for the Jamboree. It’s really coming fast!
TUESDAY, JULY 17TH,
We earned $26 selling sno-cones tonight.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH,
… We sold sno-cones again and are nearly out of supplies. I sat and worked on baggage tags and the duty rosters. I have decided we will not sell sno-cones again because it would not be worth buying new syrup.
THURSDAY, JULY 19TH,
I worked on menus, duty rosters and the troop name sign today.
FRIDAY, JULY 20th,
… After work I goofed off and worked on the Jamboree menus.
SUNDAY, JULY 22ND,
… We had a final meeting about the Jamboree with the other two troops.
MONDAY, JULY 23RD,
Scoutmaster Jim and I packed the equipment boxes to take to Chuck Miller’s home in Lehi. I spent the rest of the night just worrying about the Jamboree.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH,
My last day of work until the last of August.
THURSDAY, JULY 27TH,
I spent the day getting ready for the Jamboree. I bought food and finished everything that needed to be done. I can’t believe that the day is finally here.
Best wishes along your Scouting Trails … Kevinthescoutblogger
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