Jamboree youth participants: Don’t just be part of the story; write it yourself


Updated | April 22

This just in: All jamboree youth participants are invited to register as National Hometown News Correspondents.

An email home to Mom and Dad? These Scouts and Venturers will do one better, sharing their first-person jamboree experience with local news organizations back home. Get your guys and girls to register today and start making headlines in their local newspapers or TV stations.

Here’s the scoop: 

  • WHO? All registered youth jamboree participants are eligible.
  • WHAT? Hometown News, the jamboree’s youth media hub, where correspondents can write news stories, share photos and content, and/or transmit video from the Summit to media outlets back home. The Hometown News volunteer and professional staff will help the Scouts create their stories and provide the equipment they’ll need to do so.
  • WHEN? Throughout the 2013 National Jamboree, held July 15-24.
  • WHERE? The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Scouts and Venturers can roam the jamboree finding interesting stories to send to newspapers, magazines, radio stations, websites, and TV stations in their hometown.
  • WHY? Because National Hometown News Correspondents get access to special events, celebrity interview opportunities, behind-the-scenes photo ops, and more — all available only to them. And because it’s fun! In 2010, Hometown News reporters got to fly in a helicopter over the jamboree site, and they were the only ones allowed to ask questions at a special news conference with bestselling author James Patterson. Plus, it’s an opportunity for Scouts and Venturers to write an article for their local paper or appear on the local news.
  • HOW? I thought you’d never ask. Send your budding journalists to this page to register. Multiple Scouts and Venturers may register from one troop, unlike the “troop reporter” position, which is a separate operation from Hometown News.
  • IMPORTANT: Before registering, Scouts or Venturers should connect with a media outlet and gather the following information:
    • News organization name
    • Phone number of the media outlet
    • Name of editor or media outlet contact
    • Email address of editor/media outlet contact

More questions? Email jambo2013htn@gmail.com. If you have completed your registration, but need to make changes, email research.team@scouting.org.

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One thought on “Jamboree youth participants: Don’t just be part of the story; write it yourself

  1. Bryan:

    As a Scout who, in 1977 won one of 28 Smith-Corona typewriters (complete with the Jamboree 77 patch logo on it!!) for a story which was published in several newspapers back home; and later as a staff member for Hometown News off and on during several other Jamborees — I can tell you that this is a lot of fun AND provides a GREAT service for the folks back home!

    Scouts (and Scouters!) who blog about their daily Jamboree experiences, as I did during our Centennial National Scout Jamboree, bring back to their home communities a true “taste” of what’s it like being there. Most people have no clue as to just how large a Jamboree really is (“if you took everyone living in E-town,” I wrote back then, “and multiplied it by six, you’d get the total number of people here at this Jamboree… impressive!”), or how much food is consumed (“Wow, it’s like one can feed everyone living in the city of Louisville two meals with the food stored and consumed here”), or just how much fun it is to trade stuff (“some kid traded me my Scout shirt for like, 150 council strip patches. I did not think my shirt was THAT valuable but he thought so… We also traded addresses and I promised to write to him after the Jamboree’s over and we can compare high school information!”)

    It doesn’t take much to share with the folks back home, and the Hometown News Service volunteers and professionals will assist you with backup facts, figures and other information about the Jamboree. And you can do what I did while there — interview the Chief Scout Executive and the Jamboree Director, getting quotes from them about how great the Jamboree experience really is.

    You also get the opportunity to get three or five minutes on the morning drive radio shows through Hometown News. I did. For eleven days Wayne Perkey had me on his WHAS morning drive show from Louisville. That was way cool; when I got home, I had people telling me “we heard you on the radio telling about things at the Jamboree…you really have a great talent for doing that stuff…they picked you to do this right?” and when I tell them that I volunteered to do the reports, that was even more impressive!!

    Again, I didn’t need to bring anything — Hometown News has all of the gear and equipment. I just needed to bring my enthusiam and information about what my contingent and myself was doing that day (I was on youth staff, so I got to talk about conservation a lot…)

    I hope to be healthy enough to serve on the staff of this Jamboree; I have listed “Hometown News” as one of the areas I desire to work at. It would be once again my honor in giving back to Scouting what I was able to share with Fort Knox, Elizabethtown, Louisville and the rest of north-central Kentucky back then.

    Sign up and DO THIS. You know, it would be really fun if everyone who was a Hometown News reporter got to compete for a medal and a iPad with the Summit logo on it!! Just suggesting…*smiling*

    (and YES. While its hard to find ribbon for it, my Jamboree Edition Smith-Corona typewriter still works, is still in great shape, and sits covered in it’s plastic case in a spot near the center of my office. It is a good reminder of great times, lots of work, and a reward for doing what I love doing even now!)

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