The Coast Guard has been asked to support the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, which will be held at the Bechtel Summit Reserve, Beckley, West Virginia, from 15-24 July 2013. The National Scout Jamboree brings together Boy Scouts, venturers, and their adult leaders for training and unique outdoor adventures and experiences. This years Jamboree will be a historical event as it will be first time the Jamboree will be held at the Boy Scouts of Americas (BSA) new 10,000 acre high adventure site. The total number of Scouts attending is expected to exceed 40,000 with more than 50,000 additional visitors.
This high visibility event is a prime opportunity for the Coast Guard to reach a large number of people who are interested in boating safety, maritime environmental stewardship, and maritime laws and regulations.
RDML Dan Abel, the Flag sponsor, has been tasked by the Vice Commandant to coordinate the Coast Guards support of this event. CDR Jeff Westling has been designated as the Coast Guards National Scout Jamboree (NSJ) Task Force (TF) commander and will be in charge of team Coast Guard participation at the Jamboree. The deputy task force commander is LT Jonathan Schafler. Task force members will be selected from active duty, reserve, auxiliary, civilian and retired personnel.
Due to the short preparation time available, task force members are needed immediately to fill various leadership, liaison and staff positions in the following functional areas:
- Merit Badges
- Sea Scouts
- Coast Guard Exhibits
- External CG Forces
- Public Affairs, and
The leadership team will develop and manage strategies for achieving the Coast Guards NSJ desired end state and provide operational level guidance to the task force commander who will exert tactical control through functional area and individual task leaders.
Task leaders will be needed in the following areas:
- NORTHCOM liaison. Provide direct communication for establishing and maintaining mutual understanding and cooperation with USNORTHCOM and subordinate staffs.
- Transportation manager. Arrange for and schedule the usage of government vehicles.
- Berthing/meals coordinator. Coordinate meals planning, and act as master at arms for assigned berthing space(s).
- Merit badge lead. Develop lesson plans and ensure the availability of necessary teaching aids for their respective merit badges.
- Exhibits coordinator. Arrange for the scheduling, set up, and removal of USCG displays. Each CG exhibit will have a lead exhibitor with staff to showcase Coast Guard missions to NSJ participants and visitors.
- Safety advisor. Advise NSJ TF commander on all safety related issues. Evaluate USCG sponsored events and stations to ensure compliance with appropriate safety standards.
- Medical support coordinator. Ensure all participants have current medicals. Coordinate medical issues between USCG, BSA, and USNORTHCOM. Provide onboard medical advice to NSJ TF commander.
Those members interested in this unique volunteer opportunity require command approval and must submit same to the POC listed below NLT 22 May 2013. The deadline for the quick-fill positions in Paragraph 3 is NLT 15 May 2013. Requests for the task force selection must be submitted via email with info copy to their immediate supervisor, and include the following information:
- Rank/rate/position description and contact information
- Present unit and description of duties
- CG experience and specialty, if any
- Name and contact information of supervisor
- Description of current or previous scouting experience, including Jamborees
- Highest scouting rank held, if any
- A list of all scouting training and certifications, if any, including merit badge counselor
- Desired position(s) on Jamboree task force
- A statement as to the ability of member to participate full time on the task force during the Jamboree period 13-25 July, 2013, to include set-up and tear-down of exhibits
- Acknowledgement that CG NSJ TF members must comply with the BSA health and weight/body fat standards required for all BSA adult participants. Details can be found here
Consumption of alcohol onboard the Summit will not be permitted in accordance with BSA policy. Use of tobacco products will be allowed only in authorized locations and not while interacting with Scouts and visitors in accordance with BSA policy.
Task force members will be notified by email of their selection.
In order to attend, all task force members will need to have permissive orders, or equivalent, from their command and be required to pay out of pocket for the trip to/from the Jamboree site. Travel costs, berthing, meals and incidental expenses will not be reimbursed. While all efforts are being made to contain costs, members should anticipate costs up to approximately 600 dollars for the duration of the event, excluding individual transportation expenses. Anticipate berthing onsite at the Jamboree in tents with ambient air showers or possibly at a West Virginia National Guard armory. CG NSJ TF members will purchase meals from the BSA and/or DOD/WVARNG dining facility.
Reservists selected shall be authorized one unpaid readiness management period (RMP) per day IAW Ref. A, CH.2.a.5. Travel and per diem will not be reimbursed.
For Civilians: DHS MD 254-01 limits employees to 40 hours of administrative leave (excused absence) per leave year for participation in mission-related volunteer activities, which may include certain volunteer activities related to the Jamboree.
Civilian volunteers and their supervisors should contact CDR Westling to see if administrative leave is authorized. If not authorized, or if you have already used a portion your available 40 hours of administrative leave, the balance of the time needed to volunteer for the Jamboree will need to be made up from annual leave, accrued compensatory time off or earned credit hours (if available), or leave without pay.
POCs are CDR Jeff Westling (252)335-6535/ jeffrey.c.westling(at)uscg.mil or LT Jonathan Schafler (757) 672-7854/ jonathan.i.schafler(at)uscg.mil
RDML Steven D. Poulin, Director, Governmental and Public Affairs, sends.