If scientists measure sudden bursts of energy across the nation over the next ten days, the top readings will pulse from Fort A.P. Hill, Va. More than 45,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders are heralding the grand celebration of 100 years of Scouting in America at the opening of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
The quadrennial festivities will evoke elation and emotion in the young and young at heart from July 26 to August 4, as Scouts from all 50 states and 26 nations gather to experience the rush of Scouting’s most exciting activities. Triumphant young men will raise victorious fists after conquering a 40-foot vertical wall or scoring their first bull’s-eye after learning from some of the most well-known instructors in the country. In the cool mornings, those same guys will lounge by the lake with their fishing poles, eagerly awaiting the day—and the first nibble on their line.
“’Fun’ is the watchword of the jamboree,” said Robert J. Mazzuca, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “This week is all about the boys.”
And “fun” will take many faces at the event. Scouts will have free rein to pick the brains of the amazing minds behind space exploration, cell phone photography, and flight simulation—and then to experience it all firsthand! They’ll interact with many of their sports and entertainment heroes, and cultivate seeds of greatness as they meet some of America’s most inspiring people.
Traditional Scouting will come to the forefront at venues like the Merit Badge Midway, which features a carnival of specialized experiences Scouts can get nowhere else. Scouts will throng to The Mysterium Compass, a live-action adventure combining elements of video gaming with theme park-style immersion, actors, and theatrical settings sponsored by the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society. The OA also will immerse Scouts in an air of tradition and American Indian lore with authentic dance performances at the American Indian Village.
“The National Scout Jamboree is a mountaintop experience for any Scout,” Mazzuca said. “But this jamboree during our 100th Anniversary is truly more than anyone could have imagined.”
Two arena shows are planned for the event, but “show” is a bit of a misnomer. Scouts will be buzzing all day about the opening show on Wednesday, July 28, which traditionally features an inspirational address by a well-known role model. The closing show on Saturday, July 31, will give every Scout in America the chance to be a part of history as the festivities from the arena are webcast around the world. More than a few tears are expected as youth and adults alike renew their spirits and commitments to the Scouting movement.“
In the midst of all the action, all the unbelievable activities, there will be this moment of awe where Scouts will realize that the program they love so much also means so much to America,” Mazzuca said. “And those are only a few of the memories they will take home and treasure for a lifetime.”
About the National Scout Jamboree
Since 1937, the National Scout Jamboree has provided unforgettable experiences for more than 650,000 Scouts and adult leaders. More than 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 are members of the Boy Scouts of America. More information on the 2010 National Scout Jamboree is available at www.bsajamboree.org.
Source: BSA Press Release