Each year, all new delegates to JoMUN are invited to attend a Bootcamp training session to become familiar with the purpose, processes, and rules of MUN. The training is planned for and run by the JoMUN chairs. The Bootcamp for JoMUN XV is scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017. Contact Dr. Katherine Maloney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Please find a report from our Press team on the proceedings of JoMUN XIII's Bootcamp below.
JOMUN XIII BOOTCAMP SETS BAR HIGH
On Saturday, the 22nd 2015, AISJ held one of the most important events ahead of this year’s 13th edition of JoMUN, the Bootcamp training session, in which a total of almost 100 newcomers had the opportunity to get a taste of what the conference will be like.
‘’The Bootcamp allows the conference to go well and run smoothly as it trains the delegates to develop essential JoMUN skills such as writing resolutions,’’ noted Arijit, the Deputy Secretary General for JoMUN XIII. ‘’It makes sure debates are focused on the issues at hand and what can be resolved in an intelligent manner,’’ he added.
At 9 am, the Bootcamp was underway with an opening session directed by the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General, who provided the new and inexperienced delegates with a detailed explanation of what JoMUN is really about.
‘’JoMUN is not about winning, JoMUN is about coming together, working together, in order to come to brilliant solutions,” stated Arijit during the opening session. ‘’It helps students understand issues and develop logical and creative ways to resolve them.’’
After the opening sessions, students dispersed into their respective committees and prepared themselves to go through a total of four rotations in which country profiles, policy statements, resolutions and opening speeches were deeply discussed, explained, and clarified.
‘’The papers with the information given to us during the rotations are a great help,’’ pointed out Shiven, a newcomer to JoMUN. ‘’The chairs also did a great job keeping the sessions entertaining with various activities,’’ he continued.
‘’Splitting up the different aspects of JoMUN into rotations helps to simplify the entire preparation process for the newcomers,’’ added deputy President of GA 6, Nainika.
The highlight, however, was the classic, entertaining yet informative mock debate in which the chairs simulate the flow of a debate during the conference. For new delegates, this is the best way of clarifying remaining doubts and hesitations.
''I thoroughly enjoyed the [mock] debate and it provided me with a better understanding of the formats that the debates will take,’’ declared Camryn, a newcomer both to AISJ and to JoMUN.
As this year’s Bootcamp came to an end, the chairs looked to ease the confusion amongst new delegates. ‘’This year a booklet and pamphlet was added to avoid as much confusion amongst the delegates as possible,’’ confirmed Arijit. ‘’It helps them have a clear idea of the conference itself, too.’’