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Soldiers help scouts with heat injuries

Soldiers help scouts with heat injuries

Posted on 28 July 2005 by admin

By Sgt. Frank N. Pellegrini (Army News Service

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. (Army News Service, July 28, 2005) — By the time Jamboree Chairman Francis Olmstead took the arena stage July 27 and told the more than 42,000 scouts, leaders and service members who’d come to hear President George W. Bush speak that the show had to be cancelled due to weather conditions, about 300 Scouts needed medical attention for heat-related injuries.

For the Scout leaders, local first responders and service members of Joint Task Force NSJ, the heat came as no surprise as they had prepared for it. Boy Scout officials were already calling this summer’s Jamboree the hottest in memory, with temperatures consistently topping 90 degrees and some oppressive central-Virginia humidity pushing “wet bulb” measurements past 100 degrees. Warnings about the usual preventative measures–drink water, lay off the soda, take regular shade breaks and oh, drink more water—had been ubiquitous all week.

The event field itself was awash in water: three truckloads of bottled water,pre-positioned ‘water buffaloes’ parked on the grass, and U.S. Army fire trucks dispatched to spray the crowd.

A firetruck at Fort A.P. Hill cools down a crowd of boy scouts and leaders gathered in the arena.
A firetruck at Fort A.P. Hill cools down a
crowd of boy scouts and leaders gathered
in the arena.
Staff Sgt. Scott Turner

“That was just what we needed, a brilliant idea on somebody’s part,” said the Boy Scouts’ Mike L’Abee. “You can think of it as fooling around with a fire truck, or as really the kind of preventative thinking we should all be about.”

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Boy Scout Jamboree returns to Fort A.P. Hill

Boy Scout Jamboree returns to Fort A.P. Hill

Posted on 18 July 2005 by admin

By Rey Guzman (Army News Service)

FORT A.P. Hill, Va. (Army News Service, July 18, 2005) – Thousands of Boy Scouts from across the nation will navigate their way to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree July 25 through Aug. 3.

An arena show crowd gazes skyward as the Army\\\'s Golden Knights parachute team performs during the last National Scout Jamboree in 2001. The jamboree returns to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., for its 2005 edition July 25 - Aug. 3.
An arena show crowd gazes skyward
as the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team
performs during the last National Scout
Jamboree in 2001. The jamboree returns
to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., for its 2005 edition
July 25 – Aug. 3.
Ken Perrotte

More than 42,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders, along with an additional 270,000 visitors, are expected to convene at the 10-day, national event conducted every four years by the Boys Scouts of America.

About 2,000 Soldiers from the active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard, and an additional 200 members of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard will be on-hand to support the event.

The theme for this year’s National Scout Jamboree is “On My Honor – Timeless Values.”

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