Oct 8, 2012

For Sunraysia Scouts going to AJ2013 - From Mark Wilson, the Jamboree Troop Leader.


For Sunraysia Scouts going to AJ2013 - From Mark Wilson, the Jamboree Troop Leader.

Hi Scouts,
               Just a quick note to let you all know that the Leaders and scouts you will be sharing your Jamboree experience with are all from Sunraysia and North West Region.

Firstly, I’m Mark Wilson Scout Leader from 1st Kerang your Jamboree Troop Leader.
Assisting me will be Syd James from Red Cliffs, Roy Keller from 2nd Mildura & Amber Moynhan from 1st Lake Boga.

The 4 of us will be getting together next weekend at the Leader Orientation day to finalizing a date for a Pre- Jamboree Camp. This Camp is where the Scouts will meet everyone, and all things such as Jamboree Patrols, PLs etc. will be decided.
Our Jamboree Troop is made up of Scouts from, 1st Barham, 1/2nd Cohuna, 1st Hopetoun, 1st Irymple 1st Kerang, 1st Lake Boga, 2nd Mildura, 5th Mildura and Red Cliffs.

Here is the intended transport arrangements to and from the Jamboree.

Jamboree Transport Plan.
All Victorian Contingent members will be able to travel to and from the Jamboree from anywhere in Victoria within the Jamboree fee.

At this stage it is intended that buses will leave from Metropolitan Melbourne at approximately 7am on January 1st 2013. Country buses will leave with sufficient amounts of time to arrive at Corrowa at the same time as the Melbourne buses.
Lunch will be provided to all Victorian participants and the convoy of buses will travel to the Dubbo showgrounds where all will have a break for dinner provided by the Dubbo Show Society.  At this point there will be a driver change and the convoy will continue on to Brisbane for breakfast and another driver change. They will then travel to the AJ2013 site.  The estimated arrival time is between 11am and 12pm on January 2nd 2013. Lunch will be provided by the Queensland Contingent Troops.
The return journey will begin after the closing ceremony at approximately 11pm on the 12th January 2013. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on route to Dubbo. Once arriving in Dubbo there will be a rest stop at which dinner will be provided. It is anticipated that the buses will arrive back in Melbourne early on the 14th January 2013.
All coaches will have a video on board and toilets available. There will be several stops along the way at road houses to meet driver requirements and allow everyone to stretch their legs.
As stated previously, there will be 3 separate drivers for each coach on the way to and from the Jamboree site.
The Victorian Contingent investigated into a number of different means of travel, the most obvious being air. As we anticipate taking 3500 Victorians during peak season for air travel we were informed by all major airlines that it would take up to 4 days each way to fly us to Brisbane.  Return train travel was also ruled out due to the time required and the inability of the railways to supply enough carriages to transport such a large number of people. This left us with the only acceptable option to travel by bus as was the case with the last Queensland Jamboree.

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