Great Lakes Jamboree Staff Regulations
IF YOU ARE A NEW STAFFER , THESE WILL HELP YOU IN YOUR ROLE AT JAMBO
Cost of the Jamboree is $110 CANADIAN.
If you are a new staff member, a cheque for this amount MUST be mailed to the address below within 30 days of filling in the Staff Application form. Failure to do so will result in your application being removed from the database. In the event that you are unable to meet this deadline you must contact me via email contact me via email so I leave you in the database.
Note that staff will be assigned to the benefit of the Jamboree. We ask you to state a preference and will TRY to get you in that area but do not guarantee this. All Security staff are subject to the approval of the Security Chief. We do not generally place new to Jamboree staff on Security but there have been exceptions.
Staff need to be at least 15 by the start of Jamboree OR hold the Chief Scout Award , Eagle Scout Award or similar high award in Guiding or Girl Scouts. Youth need to be in MyScouts as an SIT floor ready (ACTIVE), includes RESPECT training, references, CANADIAN PATH WB1, interview, code of conduct and Council Approval.
Applications from Beaver and Cub Leaders, Venturer and Rover Advisors are very welcome as are Group Committee members. Canadian staff 18 or over will have their profile show as an active leader in MyScouts. If you are member of Guiding, a letter from your Commissioner stating that you are a member in good standing as well as RESPECT training is sufficient. BSA members should obtain a letter from their Council office stating the same as the Guides and have the RESPECT training. BP Guild members showing as active in MyScouts are also welcome. RESPECT training is available on MyScouts.ca through the David Huestes training centre link on the page.
EVERYONE ATTENDING WILL BE SIGNING THE SCOUTS CANADA CODE OF CONDUCT. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE COMPLETED RESPECT TRAINING AVAILABLE ON THE SCOUTS CANADA WEBSITE. IF YOU ARRIVE AND HAVE NOT COMPLETED THIS RESPECT TRAINING YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO IT WHEN YOU ARRIVE BEFORE YOU SET UP.
If you arrive and do not have the necessary requirements to be on staff you will be turned away at the door.
Please note that the standards for behaviour for STAFF are HIGHER than the standards for campers. STRICT adherence to the Code of Conduct is expected. We have had some issues in the past and it is my hope that this bluntness ahead of time will result in a great camp for all of us with happy memories of good times.
There are to be no children under the age of 14 on Staff. Children under the age of 14 attending Jambo must be with a registered unit.
All staff who are not known to the Human Resources Committee of the Jamboree must be interviewed. Ideally, this interview will take place at the staff meeting. Date and Location to be announced.
Staff fee covers all meals from Tuesday July 7, 2020 lunch to Sunday breakfast July 19, 2020 at the end of Jambo. It also covers a staff T shirt and staff crest. You will be assigned into work crews for Jambo setup as you arrive. Arriving early is not a social time but rather a time of much work and hot long hours building the camp. If you are going to arrive early, please bear that in mind. The sooner it is all done, the sooner we all have a breather before camp starts.
PLEASE NOTE; that the staff are needed on Sunday July 19th to assist in breaking down the Jamboree. PLEASE plan on being up early on the Sunday and working until the task is finished. If all help, we will be gone by noon. We have had folks arrange rides so they do not have to help. Please understand it took 5 days to put it up and we need all hands to get it down in 4 hours.
As well, the Jamboree staff will be provided with a staff scarf, staff name tag. These are for identification purposes. You MUST wear the name tag and scarf correctly at all times when on site. The only exceptions are the kitchen team and people on the tower, canoe and high wire when they are running their event. They can take them off on the job but they must be put back on when off the job. If other areas pose a safety risk for wearing the scarf, they will be addressed on an as seen basis. If wearing your staff necker and name tag is a problem for you don't register for staff. (Has happened)
Village Managers are requested to attend a staff meeting ahead of the Jamboree. Location and exact date to be announced. (Likely Toronto area). We will be having a final programming meeting on that date. Food will be provided for Saturday lunch, supper.
Staff will camp in the area designated for staff camping and not with their home Troop. The Subcamp staff are asked to camp in the Subcamp please.
NO CO ED camping for staff under 18 will be allowed. Breaking this rule will mean expulsion from the Jamboree.
Smoking will be allowed for staff over 19 in designated areas. Staff under 19, as per Ontario law, will not be smoking. As per Scouts Canada rules there is no smoking on site.
Staff who register and pay will get access to the web updates.
All staff will complete the Staff medical. No medical form, no staff position.
NOTE: IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE WEB FOR UPDATES. WE WILL SEND THEM OUT BUT MANY ISP'S ARE NOW BLOCKING BULK E MAILS AS SPAM. IF YOU HAVE HOTMAIL YOU LIKELY WILL NOT GET MY E MAILS.
In the past we have had people register and then claim no communication since email has not gone through. This way, YOU will be the person checking for the info you need. Note also that there will only be 2 – 3 updates and the first will not be until AT LEAST January 2019. However , we will be posting a DRAFT of the staff placements to date as of December 2018. As always, FINAL placement may change your DRAFT placement but we will keep that to a minimum. We will place staff to the positions that best serve the needs of the Jamboree. We will ALWAYS try to get you your first pick based on your qualifications BUT the needs of the Jamboree come first.
Staff will not bring pets, radios, loud electronic equipment with them. When running events or supervising events, phones, walkmans , tablets etc will be left in the tents. You can't provide oversight on an event when your mind is buried in a phone texting. I am being blunt as we have had issues with staff not understanding the need to be paying attention to their assigned area.
Staff whose areas are shut down due to weather or equipment failure need to understand that they will be reassigned through the Admin to other areas for the duration of the shut down.
Staff are responsible for providing their own tent or trailer to sleep in. NOTE: There will be NO cars / trucks left hooked up to trailers. We have a lot more staff that are getting on in years and have chosen to camp in trailers. That's fine as long as we realize that we have a finite amount of space. Trailers will be spotted according to your arrival. Just because you had a certain spot last time does not mean you park in the middle of the field and make people park around you. (Has happened). Sites will be assigned by Admin when you arrive. If you just park and figure you will be leaving it there because it is there, be prepared to move it. Also, don't plan on dropping awnings or setting up 10 X 20 dining shelters outside your trailer. Space is at a real premium. Let's play nice and get everyone in please.
There will not be days off promised. if we can we will but the needs of the event come first. Also, it's not 9-5. We have night program as well that we will need help with please. We do promise 1 hour of sleep per night. Extra is a bonus. We will make all reasonable efforts to meet LEGITIMATE dietary needs. Lactose intolerance, celiac and HONEST allergies have all been dealt with in the past so unless you have a really wild issue, we can deal with it.
Quiet time is 10:58 PM. If you cannot accept that and abide by it, PLEASE do not register.
Last note. This set of Staff Regulations has been written in plain blunt language. There is a reason for that. The expectations on staff are higher than campers. Staff is a VERY hard role that will test your endurance physically with heat and hours worked. It will test your patience when things go wrong like a sudden micro burst storm at 2 AM where we all get up to put the camp to rights. It's not easy but it is a great time and the sense of accomplishment you get at the end is wonderful. The rules are to help you understand just what it is you are signing on for. Personally, the staff I have worked with in the past are some of the best people I have ever met in Scouting.
I look forward to seeing you on staff.
Please direct all questions to: Steve Locke - Via our Contact Page
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send payment to:
Great Lakes Jamboree
84 Maplestone Ave.,
Sarnia, Ontario Canada
Note: All Applications subject to approval by human resources committee.