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was the best possible resource I could ever have
needed for all the foot-related issues. I helped
him out with all the musculoskeletal complaints
from the knees up.
Base Camp C (Charlie)
It was hot, humid, and dusty, when the
school bus dropped me off at Base Camp C
(affectionately called "Charlie"). The Jamboree
has already been going full swing for the past
week and there were medical staff departing
as new ones arrived. Stepping into the massive
tent that served as the medical clinic, I shook
hands with Craig Brasher, MD, CMO, and
Teesie King, RN, CNO, who broke briefly
from the already busy clinic for a quick welcome,
walk around, and directions to my tent, with
instructions to get settled in and return back for
my assignment. Base Camp Charlie was one of
six medical facilities supporting a housing area
of approximately 5000 scouts and their leaders.
We would provide 24/7 primary care with
teams working in shifts. We also supported two
satellite aid stations for primary acute care and
injury treatment. The variety of medical issues
coming through was to be expected: blisters,
knee pain (adults), dehydration, headaches,
stomach pain, asthma attacks, rashes, bee stings,
sore throats, and relatively simple lacerations
needing suturing. The more unusual cases
received stabilization before transportation to
the Summit Health Center on site: head injury,
hip fracture, wrist fracture where radiographic
services were available and sent out, via helicopter,
to the local hospital. The more unusual cases
that presented over the week included a poked
eye from a rolled up t-shirt fired point blank,
strep throat, depression, and chest pain in a
51- year-old scouter.

Jambo
We were all given one day off to take in as much
of the experience of the Jamboree as possible. At
14,000 acres, that wasn't going to be possible,
but I did get the chance to take in as many sites
as possible just by wandering through the main
activity areas. I had the opportunity to catch up
with my two nephews from Illinois who were
having the experience of a lifetime. Communication was everywhere during the 2017 Jambo
beginning with an App that listed all the daily
activities, events, wait times for popular activities
such as the zip lines, maps, announcements, and
up-dates. There were charging stations everywhere
and easy to spot by the cluster of boys around
them. Shuttle buses were few but would take
you to the more remote activities. The "Barrels"
was one of those remote sites for all the shooting
activities where there are first-rate target ranges for
everything from pistol to rifle to shotgun. A range
officer graciously took me and another doctor
for a tour. Visitors were frequent and included
the President of the United States. One of the
special traditions of the Jambo is patch trading.
At the various councils around the country,
patch designs are created specifically for this
event to be traded. Even my nephews' council
(Blackhawk Area Council) created a "Pirates of
the Carabiner" patch set which was briskly traded.
From Reveille (0600) to Taps (2200), there were
hundreds of activities going on simultaneously,
every conceivable merit badge was available
to pursue, helicopters were constantly circling
overhead, military jets would make fly overs,
loudspeakers were announcing upcoming events
or weather warnings, and the buzz of voices and
activity was everywhere. Thursday night was the
Farewell Show with all the scouts in attendance.
There was music and live entertainment as well

as a 'look back' at some of the best moments of
Jambo. The evening was capped by an amazing
(and long) fireworks display that had the boys
(and adults) cheering long after the sparkles ended.
Take-down
Following the Farewell Show, it was 'all hands
on deck' to take down the medical tent, take
inventory of the remaining medications and
supplies, put away the defibrillators, fold up
the cots and exam tables, and take care of any
last minute medical issues coming in the door.
Units had already begun departing at 0500. Staff
wouldn't be departing until noon and Bruce and I
still had our packing to do, cots to be dissembled
and tent inspection before dismissal. To top
everything off, it poured Friday morning. After
handshakes and hugs and bids of farewell, a van
picked up those of us who brought cars and we
piled in for the drive back to the visitor's center.
Acknowledgements
None of this story would have happened
without the help of the following individuals.
First of all, I wish to thank Ed and Jeanne Arnold
whose incredibly gracious gift to cover both
registration and travel fees made this all possible.
Jim George and Judy Dillon were instrumental
in bringing together a truly great group of folks
to make this Penn State Health Team. Craig
Brasher, MD, and Teesie King, RN, have 20
plus years between them as CMO and CNO at
national jamborees and run a tight field hospital.
I was blessed to have Dr. Bruce Blank as a buddy
in Base Camp Charlie and Dr. Rory Tucker as
a sounding board for the preparation and as a
driving mate for the trip to and from SBR.

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