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Jamboree time is nearing

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

By Chester Martin

The calendar just clicked to the year 2013, and among many other things, this is the year for the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

Every four years a special activity for Boy Scouts and Venture crew members is held. This year the Jamboree will be held at an entirely new facility. This new site is the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve located in Southern West Virginia. It is a 10,600-acre high-adventure base that, beginning with the 2013 Jamboree, will become the permanent home for all future Jamborees.

It is located near the New River Gorge that is some of the most scenic acreage in the United States. The New River Gorge area will be forever protected as a National Park and will remain a pristine natural area in the years to come.

While the Jamboree is in progress from July 15-24, the Summit will become the second-largest city in West Virginia. The expected attendance is for 50,000 Scouts and 10,000 adult volunteers to participate this year.

In addition, limited day visitors will be allowed access to the site to experience the ongoing activities. These program features will include really exciting and challenging high adventure opportunities such as rock climbing, scuba diving, and mountain biking, along with the usual scouting events such as swimming, kayaking, fishing, and canoeing.

For the 2013 Jamboree, the Middle Tennessee Council has been allotted space for five Scout troops and four Venturing crews. Each Scout troop will consist of 36 scouts and four adult leaders. Each Venturing crew will be made up of 18 youth members and two adult leaders. Early registration is now open through the Middle Tennessee Council web site.

Anyone interested in attending should go to the council website www.mtcbsa.org for more information including registration details, eligibility requirements, costs and departure and return dates.

A National Jamboree is an event that will be long remembered. It is an opportunity to meet scouts from every state in the union. Attendees will have an opportunity to do some patch trading, collecting souvenirs from every state and participate in activities that would not normally be available at the Council camp facilities.

There will be a closing arena show featuring nationally known entertainers. Those who have never seen over 60,000 people in Scout uniforms, marching into an arena and enjoying some long remembered entertainment, might want to consider attending the 2013 Jamboree.

Ray Robertson, the David Crockett District executive, can also provide information about the Jamboree. He may be reached via email at rrobertson@mtcbsa.org.