Jamboree 2010: Where the Boys (and WEF Volunteers) Are
Posted March 29, 2010
By Tim Madhanagopal, P.E.
This August will mark an important anniversary for WEF public education programs and thousands of men and boys around the world, including me. The big event is the National Scout Jamboree held every four years, and the next one takes place July 26 through August 4, 2010, at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. That’s where WEF will be doing some really cool things to show kids just how wastewater is treated and what that means for a cleaner global water environment.
This is the fourth time WEF will host a very hands-on exhibit where scouts learn about watersheds, wastewater infrastructure and treatment, and beneficial use of biosolids. Based on previous experiences, we’ll need about 20 volunteers a day to staff this very interesting exhibit where scouts do stuff like identify their own watersheds back home and actually crawl through sewer pipes to learn about treatment. We’re expecting about 16,000 scouts to go through the WEF exhibit, one stop on their way toward earning a conservation patch.
Plenty of adults will be at the Jamboree this summer, and maybe like me, there’s no place else they’d rather be to relive a great scouting experience. This event is worthwhile, educational, and memorable on so many levels. And WEF volunteers will have the chance to show kids how we protect water quality and why that’s important…perhaps even inspire them to come into our field! It’s an educational experience that helps all participants become better citizens and decision-maker s when it comes to water quality.
If you can join us and help out at the exhibit, please get in touch with Steve Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at TIM.MADHANAGOPAL@ocfl.net and let us know your availability. Or maybe you or your local Member Association would consider a donation to support this most worthy endeavor (we provide lots of giveaways and handouts and could use the support). I hope to see you there and invite anyone who has participated in the Jamboree to post a comment.