Friday, 6 February 2009

NSJ 2010 Bulletin

February 2009 Bulletin
Let’s Get Ready for the Jamboree!

There have been many calls and e-mails concerning the new BSA medical form that must be completed between July 27, 2009, and May 1, 2010, in order to participate in the jamboree. The first thing that may be noticed on the new Annual Health and Medical Record includes a height/weight chart. This is for high-adventure activities or outdoor events that take you more than 30 minutes from ground transportation This chart will not be used for the 2010 Jamboree.

However, the height/weight chart does give reason for thought and excessive body weight is a risk factor at the Jamboree. As with jamborees in the past, this 100th Anniversary also promises that everyone will be walking at least five miles per day. In order to make this the best, most exciting, fun-filled, safest jamboree ever, being prepared and being in the best possible Scouting shape is a must. With the event getting closer, now is the time to SEE our way to the jamboree. The following are some Safe, Effective, and Easy hints that will help with this important preparation.

Mental preparation:
  • Have the desire to go to the jamboree. It needs to be something you want to do.
  • If the desire is there, but you have one or more risk factors listed under the “Be Prepared” section on, please set up a consultation with your physician. Find out if it is safe and practical for you to attend.
  • If it is safe, and there are changes that need to be made in your current lifestyle, make those changes and stick with it. Remember, SEE your way to the jamboree. Ask yourself: Are these goals Safe, Effective, and Easy?
  • You can do it!

Physical preparation:
  • There are several fitness programs that can help you work up to walking at least five miles per day in the hot, humid Virginia environment. The key is starting now. This is a great opportunity for units, districts, and councils to come together in planning.
  • See these Web sites for suggestions on increasing your activity level:
  • Don’t forget to include eating healthy. Nutrition plays an important role in your preparation. SEE
  • Get active! Eat healthy!
Spiritual preparation:
  • From the very beginning, the Scouting movement has encouraged its members to be faithful in the practice of their religious beliefs. As you adopt the idea of healthy eating and becoming more active, extra help may be needed. Spiritual guidance can help in this process. Set up a meeting with your spiritual advisor and share your aspirations and goals. (
  • Maintain a balanced life!

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