— Seventeen Boy Scouts from the Lake Region are currently attending the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree being held at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia.
The 10,000 acre base is the newest National High Adventure Base in the Boys Scouts’ quiver. Along with Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, The Northern Tier Canoe Base in Minnesota, and the Florida Sea Base, The Summit, recently acquired by the Boy Scouts in 2009 and still in development, will offer high adventure programs annually and host the quadrennial National Jamboree.
Since 1981, the Scouts have held their Jamboree every four years at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia but due to many factors, mainly base security and the availability of military support, a permanent location owned by the organization was needed.
Another new thing at the Jamboree — girls. While the co-ed Venturing program started in 1998 and female Venturers have been allowed to serve on the staff of Jamborees in the past, this will be the first year the young ladies will be allowed to be full participants in all program areas.
The Jamboree kicked off on July 15 and will continue until July 24. Like its predecessors, the Jamboree is packed full of action and special events.
Scouts will have the opportunity to take on activities such as BMX and mountain biking, SCUBA diving, zip lines, tree-top canopy tours, sporting clays and rock climbing, just to name a few.
A special area called The Cloud will also feature technology focused activities such as communications and robotics.
Ryan O’Neill from Bethany is one of the Patrol Leaders for the Northeast Pennsylvania Council Troop attending the Jamboree.
He attended the 2010 Jamboree (held in an off year to commemorate the BSA Centennial) and is looking forward to the new site.
“I think the Summit will be a better place for the Jamboree and since it’s permanent, things won’t have to be set-up and broken down year after year,” said O'Neill
Page 2 of 2 - He calls Troop 1 in Honesdale home and added he will be looking forward to the several arena shows where all the scouts gather.