2021 Troop Food Information

Link to 2021 Jamboree Troop Menus

Link to 2021 National Jamboree Special Food Needs Policy

THE PARTICIPANT MENU AND THE 40-PERSON MEAL KITS 

Participants are the scouts, Venturers and all their leaders. You will find in our menu approach and food provision that all references are to the Troop. This refers to both a Troop (consisting of 4 patrols + leaders) or to Venturing Crews/Explorer Posts/Sea Scout Ships living in the same campsite (usually 4 groups of 10 including their adult leaders). Cooking will be done at the Troop level, not by individual patrols or crews. This offers economies of scale in terms of time, equipment and food. The food to be delivered to the Troops will be assembled by our contractor off-site into prepackaged boxes containing a standard multiple to feed 40 persons.

Breakfast menus on full-program days will be easy to prepare to maximize available program time for the participants. There will be a variety of both cold meals and ones that require simple hot preparation such as merely boiling water. The Sunday big pancake breakfast will be a bit more involved. The trail lunch menu will consist of shelf stable items that will be distributed at breakfast each day. Trail lunch components will be delivered in cases of individually packaged food to allow the participants to build their own lunch as breakfast concludes. This method permits everyone to select the items they desire and to swap those they don’t thereby minimizing waste.

There are some important food-related information in the 2021 Jamboree Council Guide:
https://jamboree.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/12/2021-NSJ-Council-Guide-December-2019-Edition.pdf

Page 19 Cooking & Eating

Page 29 What to bring?

Page 30 Troop gear

MENUS AND FOOD PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

The initial menus for Troops are available now at

2021 Jamboree Troop Menus

The final menus and cooking instructions will be posted here in April 2021 to help each Troop understand the proper and safe method of preparing the designed meal from the ingredients provided. The instructions detail the planned method of cooking, but it is recognized that there are sometimes equally good alternative ways of preparing the same item and sound judgment at the Troop level can be exercised to prepare the ingredients as each Troop wishes as long as safe procedures are observed. Since both the menu and the cooking instructions will be posted on the internet, the Jamboree will not be distributing hard copies, so if you desire one you are welcome to print them for yourself before heading to the Jamboree.

FOOD PICKUP

Food will be distributed at designated Base Camp distribution sites called Commissaries. Note that is BASE CAMP distribution of food, not the subcamp. There is one such location per Base Camp and it will be easy to locate if you look for the three 53’ semi-trailers in the Base Camp. Typically, there will be three trailers on site at any time with the fourth slot available to facilitate daily trailer rotations. The empty spot must always remain empty because the food purveyor will arrive with a full semi-trailer and park it in the empty spot, disconnect the tractor from the trailer, connect to one of the empty trailers at that Base Camp and depart. Each day a rotation will occur, but a different one of the four spots will end up vacant for the day hence.

TWO DAILY PICKUP TIMES

Morning distribution of both breakfast and trail lunch items will be 5:30-7:00 am.

Afternoon distribution of dinner items will be 4:30-6:00 pm.

Exceptions to these times will be announced for Show Days, Bash Days, and Departure Day.

ARRIVAL DAY

On Jamboree arrival day, Troop 40-person trail lunch kits are at their Base Camp Commissary after 9am. The 40-person dinner kits may be picked up after 3pm. Distribution sites will remain open until 8pm (or 1 hour after the Jamboree advises us that all Base Camp troops have arrived).

STAPLE FOOD ITEMS FOR TROOPS

This Jamboree there will be several items distributed to the Troops that are considered basic food and cleaning products. These items will be included prepackaged in Troop kitchen equipment OR with the meal boxes at food pickup made by each Troop. All of the staple items will be sized in quantities appropriate to last the entire Jamboree and will not be replenished as used up so judgment to pace their use is absolutely necessary. Please pay particular attention to the accurate use of the dish sanitizer tablets.

STADIUM SHOW DINNERS

Having covered the dinner distribution process already there are a few exceptions to the meal routine.   Dinner the evenings of the two Stadium Shows: the plan this Jamboree is to provide a meal that requires no cooking. Troops will pick up their meal as usual at the Base Camp locations and return to their sites to enjoy an easy dinner before heading out for the show.

COFFEE

There will NOT be coffee/tea supplies or equipment issued to Troops. Troops are welcome to bring their own. Sub-Camp and Base Camp HQs plan to have coffee for ADULT LEADERS that come by. Please bring your own cup.

LUNCH ASSEMBLY PROCESS

Food Team will provide components to build your own trail lunch of shelf stable products that Scouts pack to take with them to the various program activities. These items will be delivered in 40-count boxes containing the components of the trail lunch meal menu. The Scouts themselves will have to assemble their individual lunch bags from the components. Each Scout should take the items provided for the meal but naturally may choose not to do so if an item isn’t desired. Scouts are free to swap items with one another and the Troop is encouraged to set up some form of take me/swap box to make that easier for everyone to exchange items and for the Troop to donate any leftover shelf stable items that no one wants. Participants should bring their own reusable lunch bag.

FOOD REFRIGERATION PENDING PREPARATION

Breakfast and dinner meals will contain components that require refrigeration. Lunch will be made of purely shelf stable items that will require no refrigeration. All meals will be kept in refrigerated trailers until issued to the Troops just before the meals in which the refrigerated items will be used. The morning food distribution will contain only breakfast and lunch items and the afternoon distribution only dinner items. Once the Troops pick up their food and return to their sites, perishable food should be kept cold by utilizing cooler chests that are part of the equipment issue and ice that is provided daily and procured at the Sub-Camp ice distribution location. After the refrigerated items are prepared, the remaining ice may be used for other purposes such as drink coolers. In addition, it is advisable to keep food covered when not actually being prepared or consumed.

ICE STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION

To serve the Troops, ice storage and distribution will take place at each Subcamp. The Troops have to go to the Base Camp for food and yet only to their Subcamp for ice.

Ice coolers will be issued as part of the standard equipment to Troops for placing food in storage after pickup and before cooking. Then on a daily basis ice will be issued to the Troops for the purpose of keeping that food cold until it is cooked. Ice is NOT being issued for the purpose of limitlessly icing drink coolers. There may be instances when ice is not needed to keep food cold pending cooking and therefore a Troop may choose not to draw as much ice as other days. We leave that to the judgment of each Troop.

Each Subcamp can make its own arrangements and publish ice pickup time and procedures.

Ice storage units will also be positioned at the Base Camp HQs, but Troops may NOT draw ice there. The ice storage merchandisers at the Base Camp HQs are set there to support ice needs of the Base Camp centralized medical facilities, retail food snack bars and all other Base Camp operations.

SWAPPING, STORING AND DONATING NON-PERISHABLE SURPLUS FOOD ITEMS

Lunch items are shelf-stable and require no refrigeration, as are a few items distributed as part of breakfast and dinner. Troops are encouraged to set up a ‘Swap Box’ or ‘Take Me Box’ during the day for left over shelf stable items to be shared.

After meals, keep cooking areas and food boxes clean. Care must be taken to secure any and all food products at night, including staple items such as peanut butter and jelly, as directed by the Base Camp and Sub-Camp Operations Teams.

There may be instances where leftover shelf-stable products are not used and no longer desired. These items can be given to other troops or local food banks if they are returned in good condition. Any Troop with leftover shelf-stable items they wish to give to the food banks should drop those items off at the designated area near the Base Camp Commissary.

SPECIALTY MEALS

There are a few regular but special meal items that merit explanation as they relate both to staff and participants. They are as follows.

KOSHER AND HALAL

Kosher and Halal meals will be provided for those indicating need to the Jamboree Division through the advance Jamboree registration process. The deadline for submitting requests for religious meals was May 1, 2021 and there is insufficient lead time now to accept further requests. Kosher and Halal meals will be prepared under the guidance and supervision of authorized religious authorities. Kosher and Halal meals will be delivered to Base Camps on the same truck as the boxed meals for the Troops, but in separate “sealed” individual boxes. At meal distribution time the Food Team staff will establish a location in the delivery line where Troops who have Scouts who requested such meals may pick up the boxes.

FOOD ALLERGIES AND DETAILED INGREDIENT INFORMATION

Other special dietary requirements will be the responsibility of the individual staff member or participant. While the Food Team recognizes the difficulties presented to those allergic to wheat, milk, peanuts, and many other items it is simply impractical to accommodate individual needs at an event of this scale. Therefore, as has been stated in both the staff and leaders’ guide books all such Scouts should plan ahead and either bring from home (or ship) special non-refrigerated dietary items (and preparation equipment) to supplement Jamboree menus. Anyone with food allergies must watch the ingredients carefully, and work with their Troop regarding any Troop kitchen processes. To review the Jamboree Special Food Policy and learn about shipping food needs to the Jamboree, go to

2021 National Jamboree Special Food Needs Policy

So, there is no confusion on certain sensitive topics, we will address those here and now. The first topic concerns peanuts. The menu contains peanuts. The staples given to each Troop will contain a jar of peanut butter.

Wheat allergy is another very difficult one and we are very mindful of the huge challenge this allergy presents the Scout with it. Scouts and staff with this limitation must make careful advance provision for alternative foods.

To assure that anyone with a question about the precise food content of any meal or component of a meal, the food purveyor has prepared a detailed, day by day, meal by meal listing of all the nutritional information for each participant meal of the Jamboree. These will be posted here in April 2021.

THE ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER’S ROLE

New to food distribution at the 2021 Jamboree is the involvement of the 3rd – 7th Assistant Scoutmasters. Each food distribution requires numerous hands to make light work of getting the food from the trailers into the wagons of the passing Scouts. The staff will need these leaders to assist with both the morning and afternoon food distribution. The Base Camp and Sub-Camp staff will coordinate the process and duty roster and assign some of these Troop leaders to help with meal distribution.

If there are individual leaders who wish to participate repeatedly, please allow them to do so because the future staff of Jamboree Base Camp food distribution and Jamboree Food operations may come from those who enjoy this process.

QUESTIONS

 If after reviewing the above information, you have questions, please start with your Jamboree Adult Leaders and/or your council’s Jamboree Committee. It is highly likely that they have helped others with the same questions. Council Jamboree Coordinators and Staff Advisors can direct their inquiries to jamboreefoodteam@gmail.com and we will respond soon.