2001 National Jamboree:
A Visitor's Perspective
By Christopher Smith
Big! If one word could be used to describe the event,
big would be fitting. With over 40,000 participants and staff, the Jamboree is
considered to be one of the largest events in the United States. To a
visitor, there was just too much to cover in one day.
The event has four regional "action areas." They can be described as
mini-jamborees. Each action area provides the same activities, including
archery, rappelling towers, BMX, pioneering, and more.
This allows a
participant or visitor to stay in one area without missing out on any fun.
Other exhibits areas, special events, a Merit Badge Midway,
a conservation area, and more were located between the action areas. Those included the
Order of the Arrow areas such as TOAP, the American Indian Village and Scoutopia.
A look inside
the world of Scoutopia
from experts at the American Indian Village
Scoutopia was one of
the most popular areas of the jamboree. The Order created this show as a
way to deliver Scouting's message through theater. The show combined
talented actors and outstanding special effects to create an attention
The show schedule was designed so every Scout at the jamboree could get a seat.
That was about 4,300 spectators each day.
Throughout the Jamboree,
Order of the Arrow members proved to be a major
part of the activities. Overall, the Jamboree has a lot to see in one day.
With over 5 square miles of activities, the Jamboree is a once in a life time
opportunity for visitors and participants.
(Christopher is an Arrowman who was able
the visit the Jamboree for a day.)