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Unread 03-08-2012, 11:58 AM   #16
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Hi Paul!

I’m Mike Olmstead, the local coordinator for the Drummond Island Jeep Jamboree and I think I can fill in some of these Jeep Jamboree questions for you!

The uniqueness of a Jamboree is a bit of an intangible because at a high level it sort of sounds and looks like many other organized trail rides. However, what makes a Jamboree unique is the entire Jamboree experience. For two days you just have to show up with your Jeep and we’ll feed you three meals a day, take you on some great trail rides, provide a 5-Star meal after each day’s trails at a great venue where you can hang with 150 or so other Jeepers and tell your Jeep stories and experiences. And at the end of it all on Saturday night we have a little program where we have some awesome door prizes.

The Drummond Island trail guides have trails & obstacles already planned out; the Jamboree covers all fees and permits (including the State of Michigan ORV License for all participant vehicles) in the registration fee. For the two days of the event the only things that participants have to provide for themselves is lodging and fuel.

On our Jamboree you’re on the trails for both days with the same 10-15 participants with similar Jeeps and experience (and with this alone you build friendships that many times turn into life-long relationships – I can tell you of more than a few!), and you’re led by experienced trail guides with literally years of off road and Drummond Island experience.

I’ll let the people who attended last year’s event describe their experience. Here are just a few of the comments from last year’s Drummond Jamboree: “Professionally and meticulously operated function! All staff & trail guides were fantastic. Kudos to Jeep Jamboree for and excellent event!”, “Excellent experience”, “Awesome experience”, “An overall great time and event”, “Entire weekend was excellent”, “What a blast!”.

And here’s what they went on to say about our trail guides: “Very good, knowledgeable, very good dealing with participants, made my first trip memorable”, “Guides outstanding”, “Guides excellent & increased confidence”, “Trail guides made experience great”.

And these are not a couple cherry picked comments – our post-event ratings always come in extremely high!!

Finally, at least a third (many times more) of the attendees at our Jamboree are repeat participants at our event, which is a testament to the great experience that they have on Drummond. Many of the people who attend ours once move on to other Jamboree events around the country and likewise many of our first-timers have attended other Jamborees.

I’ll be the first to admit that for some people a Jeep Jamboree may be a bit pricey, but the number of repeat participants, the numbers that we have attend every year, tell us that they are getting their money’s worth. And me and my trail guides are committed to making sure you get your money’s worth!!

Bottom line: The Drummond Island Jamboree trail guides and I are committed putting on a well organized family oriented off road event, managed in an encouraging, courteous and professional manner, where our guests have the freedom an opportunity to safely challenge their driving skills and vehicles capability in a responsible manner. And to provide our participants an off road experience in their Jeeps that they will not soon forget!

Mike Olmstead
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Drummond Island Jeep Jamboree
Mike I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. To clarify, I was not questioning the event itself, just the cost. As I mentioned earlier I attended Camp Jeep in the Blue Ridge Mountains several years back and my wife, 4 y/o son and I had a great time....we even conceived our daughter while on that trip It was super fun and family friendly. I would definitely like to attend the Drummond Island event. Its a matter of funding is all.

I will have a sit down with the wife and see if we can work it in.

regards,

Paul

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Unread 03-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #17
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I have been following along this thread and thought I should post a few comments. I have attended the Drummond Island JJ for the last 4 years and plan to attend again this year. I have also attended 2 Camp Jeeps, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

I will admit that the Camp Jeeps were cheaper, but there is no comparison between the two. Both Camp Jeep's that I was at included a total of 4 hours of actual trail riding, 2 hour trips, and each person can sign up for 2 trips. While I do give this credit/blame for my addiction to Jeeping, looking back, it was nothing to write home about.

After my first Jeep Jamboree (JJ), on Drummond, I knew that I was hooked on the sport, as well as the organization that the JJ offered. The operation on Drummond is run very smoothly and the trails are some of the best I have wheeled in Michigan. I am sure I could get together with a few buddies and have fun on Drummond, but knowing what I have learned through the JJ events, I feel like I would not hit everything I should. I feel like the fact that I just show up on Thursday night and wheel all day long on Friday and Saturday is worth the price of admission. The trail guides know the island trails very well and make sure that you get to the highlights of the island.

After my first JJ, both my wife and I decided we were done with Camp Jeep and we were addicted to the JJ experience. The trail guides we had on our first trip to Drummond are the ones we have gone with every time since then and wheel with several times throughout the year at various locations. They are also 2 guys I consider close friends. Many of the group of Jeepers we were with that first year have been with us every year and are also friends of ours.

If anyone has any questions of reservations feel free to send me a PM.
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Unread 11-10-2012, 09:45 PM   #18
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Maybe someone could sell me the GPS route of this trip for -- lets say.. $25? I would save about $575 bucks?
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Unread 11-11-2012, 07:47 AM   #19
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Vvmapping costs 35$ and it has the trails of Drummond on it. Or a trail map on the island is 3$ and it has all the trails as well.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 06:28 AM   #20
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Unread 07-25-2013, 09:09 PM   #21
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jeep jamborees are all great events! they are top notch, and done right! that costs money!

if you cant afford the jj, look in to the D.O.A. (drummond off road adventure). its put on through GLFWDA, and a club called Mud Sweat and Gears. it uses the same trails, and is a great event. much smaller, mabey 40 or 50 rigs tops. it is a ton cheaper! yet still a fun family event!

google it! you will not regret it!

do not go on drummonds trails alone with a trail map! thats a bad idea!
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Unread 07-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #22
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The Drummond event is sold out and they have quite a few on the waiting list. Amazing prizes to be had if you are lucky to go.
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Unread 07-29-2013, 04:26 PM   #23
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The Drummond event is sold out and they have quite a few on the waiting list. Amazing prizes to be had if you are lucky to go.
Yes, it was sold out for the first time in several years. We had a great turn out and some great participants. Hopefully those of you who couldn't make it this year due to the sell out can join us next year!
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Yes, it was sold out for the first time in several years. We had a great turn out and some great participants. Hopefully those of you who couldn't make it this year due to the sell out can join us next year!
I was referring to the DOA 2013 event that is sold out.
It's only $50 per adult which is considerably less than JJ.
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i just booked a 5 day stay up there. It will be my first time there, and right after the DOA event Aug 18th - 23rd. I tried to buy tickets to the DOA, but it was all sold out. Any tips or thoughts welcome for this beginner...
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I will be in the UP the 10-17 and really want to meet some guys up for a per run sence I didn't get a ticket! I know some members of blue water jeep owners will be up there
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Unread 08-07-2013, 10:50 PM   #27
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i just booked a 5 day stay up there. It will be my first time there, and right after the DOA event Aug 18th - 23rd. I tried to buy tickets to the DOA, but it was all sold out. Any tips or thoughts welcome for this beginner...
Make sure you stop in at The Bear Track Inn for breakfast. The owner, Steve, can get you pointed in the right direction after you fill up on coffee and chocolate chip pancakes.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 09:45 PM   #28
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Make sure you stop in at The Bear Track Inn for breakfast. The owner, Steve, can get you pointed in the right direction after you fill up on coffee and chocolate chip pancakes.
Looks close to our cabin..

I will make it a point to do this... thanks!
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i just booked a 5 day stay up there. It will be my first time there, and right after the DOA event Aug 18th - 23rd. I tried to buy tickets to the DOA, but it was all sold out. Any tips or thoughts welcome for this beginner...
I was lucky and got on their waiting list and snagged a spot, but it took several weeks.
Don't wheel alone!
Buy good recovery equipment. Have tow points, a recovery strap (at a minimum) and a winch if possible .
Don't buy tow straps especially ones with hooks on the ends.
Buy a map.
Limited cell phone coverage on Drummond.
Try and go with a group that knows their way around.
Avoid the big mud pits.
Air down to 12-18 psi to be on the safe side depending on your tires and bring a small compressor. Digital gauges are very accurate compared to the sliding ones.
DON'T WHEEL ALONE!
Fire extinguisher.
Bring tools and depending on your Jeep you might need to bring spare parts.

Did I mention not to wheel alone even if you think the trail is super easy and there's no way you will break down means you could be stranded for hours or days depending on where you are located.

If you do a search you can find a variety of lists of what guys will bring. Stu Olsen's site has a ton of great useful information.
http://www.stu-offroad.com/
Sign up on Michigan Wheelers and Great lakes 4 wheel drive and great lakes 4x4.
Just remember jeep means "Just Empty Every Pocket"
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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:37 PM   #30
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I was lucky and got on their waiting list and snagged a spot, but it took several weeks.
Don't wheel alone!
Buy good recovery equipment. Have tow points, a recovery strap (at a minimum) and a winch if possible .
Don't buy tow straps especially ones with hooks on the ends.
Buy a map.
Limited cell phone coverage on Drummond.
Try and go with a group that knows their way around.
Avoid the big mud pits.
Air down to 12-18 psi to be on the safe side depending on your tires and bring a small compressor. Digital gauges are very accurate compared to the sliding ones.
DON'T WHEEL ALONE!
Fire extinguisher.
Bring tools and depending on your Jeep you might need to bring spare parts.

Did I mention not to wheel alone even if you think the trail is super easy and there's no way you will break down means you could be stranded for hours or days depending on where you are located.

If you do a search you can find a variety of lists of what guys will bring. Stu Olsen's site has a ton of great useful information.
http://www.stu-offroad.com/
Sign up on Michigan Wheelers and Great lakes 4 wheel drive and great lakes 4x4.
Just remember jeep means "Just Empty Every Pocket"
Great point... thanks. Im sure I will find somebody to ride with.
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