A day in the life on Operation Arrow staff

By Anthony Peluso 

The 2017 National Jamboree is less than 60 days away. Even if this is not your first staff experience, you may find yourself asking, “What will it be like every day at the jamboree?” Depending on which staff group you are serving, you will perform a variety of duties—and have a multitude of opportunities to have some fun. Each day begins with the walk over to the dining hall to eat breakfast, socialize, grab a Summit-2-Go lunch, and head off to help fuel Scouting’s adventure.

Service Corps members then have a chapter meeting to receive assignments for the day. As a Service Corps member, you’ll get to see every part of the jamboree. You will help any program area that needs a cheerful servant leader to ensure the participants have an amazing experience. You will meet more people, do more things, and have a more holistic experience than any other staff member or participant at the jamboree. Service Corps members will exemplify the OA’s devotion to “service with a smile.”

Trek Guides have a chapter meeting, then gather the units they will lead up Garden Ground Mountain in their campsites. You will become acquainted with your unit members and participate in unique program elements along the trail before gaining the summit. While the units enjoy the program elements on top of the summit, you will have the chance to cool off and enjoy the view before leading the unit down the mountain. 

Indian Village staff will make their way up to Garden Ground Mountain after breakfast to set-up for the participants. You will supervise hands-on learning stations that allow participants to gain a deeper appreciation of American Indian culture and traditions. The stations will depict the lifestyle of the Shawnee tribe, which is native to the area. 

Aerial Sports team members will provide ground-based support to the jamboree’s climbing sports experience. These roles will include organization and care of equipment, managing participant flow, and fitting participants harnesses to help thousands of Scouts and Scouters have a safe aerial adventure. 

Medical Transport Corps staff will provide non-emergency medical transportation throughout the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Members of this staff do not need formal medical backgrounds, but will undertake first-aid missions in support of jamboree staff, participants, and visitors to make an essential and substantial impact on the event.

After your program area duties are concluded, you will enjoy dinner and regroup before the evening program begins. This is a good time to grab a quick shower, throw in a load of laundry, and cool off. At the beginning, middle, and end of the week the evening will feature a world-class gathering. Other evening events include staffing region ice cream socials and participating in daily reflections led by chapter chiefs. You’ll be done by 10pm so you can get some well-deserved sleep.

The 2017 National Jamboree promises to be an unforgettable experience. Justin St. Louis, jamboree vice chief (JVC) of the program committee, expressed, “A deep commitment to leadership in service is what makes us Arrowmen; at jamboree, Operation Arrow staff will not only epitomize these values, but will inspire all jamboree participants to do the same. As a member of the Operation Arrow team, you will have the opportunity to participate in inspirational and captivating events for fellowship and entertainment; a staple of the experience available to each staffer. While fueling Scouting’s adventure, you’ll be able to connect with Arrowmen from across the nation in an environment that will surely foster new life lasting friendships and powerful bonds of brotherhood.” With more program areas this time around, and many staff improvements from 2013, there is plenty of reason for us all to be excited to fuel Scouting’s adventure this July!

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