The National Scout Jamboree is an event, held every four years, featuring members of the Boy Scouts of America from all over the world. Here is a report from James Wilson, of Troop 827.
Troop 827 was amazed at the sea of tents surrounding them. Immersed in the sound of hammering stakes and the grunting of tired Boy Scouts, we navigated through the sea. When we found our spot to camp, we too joined in the clatter of noise around us. The work of building our gateway, raising our tents and setting up our kitchens would continue for several hours until finally the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree was ready to begin.
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The jamboree is a gathering of about 40,000 Boy Scouts and 8,000 adult leaders coming together to celebrate the ideals of scouting and Scouting’s 100th anniversary. It will continue from July 26th to Aug. 4th at Fort A.P. Hill, VI. , and will involve numerous opportunities for all of the scouts who attend. Scouts can participate in outdoor activities such as archery, pioneering, canoeing, and snorkeling. Scouts also can participate in activities only available at Jamboree, including patch trading with foreign troops, earning any merit badge and attending arena shows!
As the troop from the Western Los Angeles County Council, the experience began on July 17, 2010, when we left for an eight-day tour of the East Coast. We toured Boston, New York City, Gettysburg, Washington, D.C., and many other interesting destinations. This tour was meant to heighten our experience on our national jamboree adventure. The Jamboree is sure to be an unforgetful event in every Scout’s life.