By Rey Guzman (Army News Service)
FORT A.P. Hill, Va. (Army News Service, July 18, 2005) â€“ 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.
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 yearâ€™s National Scout Jamboree is â€œOn My Honor â€“ Timeless Values.â€
In a welcome letter to Army units attending the event, Maj. Gen. John A. Yingling, commander of Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree, noted the similarity of the Armyâ€™s values with those of the Boy Scouts.
â€œThe Army embodies the seven Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity and personal courage,â€ Yingling said. â€œThe Boy Scouts embody the Scout Laws (to be) trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. I have every confidence that each of you will live up to these values and be good role models to the Scouts while we support them during the Jamboree.â€
The event is widely considered by Army officials as an excellent opportunity to sharpen the skills of Regular, Reserve and National Guard troops as they build a â€œtent cityâ€ equipped for more than 40,000 inhabitants.
In order to accommodate the large number of guests, Soldiers engage in various tasks from road building to installing water, sewer, electrical and telephone systems.
Fort A.P. Hill has been the site of the National Scout Jamboree since 1981. Among the many military units supporting this yearâ€™s event are the 61st Medical Group, 1710th Transportation Company of the Virginia National Guard, U.S Coast Guard Sea Services and 159th Aviation of the Army National Guard.
Scout leaders and members of Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree will attend a special Staff Show June 23, two nights before the arrival of the young scouts. The show will feature a Twilight Tattoo performed by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band (Perishingâ€™s Own).
The official jamboree festivities kick off July 25 and then in grand fashion with an opening show July 27. The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Army Reserve 85th Division Jazz Ensemble and the Continental Army Band from Fort Monroe, Va., will perform during the opening night celebration, along with a military fly-over.
The Closing Show, scheduled for July 31, will feature performances by the Armyâ€™s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp, U.S. Army Brass Quintet, U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Band and Downrange U.S. Army Rock Band. The event will also include another military fly-over and close with a fireworks show.
In his letter, Yingling urged Soldiers to enjoy their opportunity to make a positive impact on the young Scouts attending.
â€œI guarantee that you will find this experience both personally and professionally rewarding,â€ he said. â€œTake full advantage of this great opportunity to train and make a positive impact on young peopleâ€™s lives.â€