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.

BSAJamboreePinThis 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.

 

WEF Exhibit 113.jpgPlenty 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 sharrison@wef.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.

 

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Posted March 29, 2010

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.

Comments (3)


I would like to reinforce Tim's comments above. I have been to all of the Boy Scout Jamboree's since WEF has been sponsoring an activity at the event. I don't know of a better place any MA can put their money to get the best "Bang for the Buck". All the members that volunteer for this event deserve the backing of all our member organizations. I would encourage every MA to contribute what they can to the event. There is no other activity I know that has the concentrated impact of this event. With over 16,000 boy plus leaders and parents this is one of our best opportunities to get the word out and to connect with one of our major audiences.

Posted by: Jim Condon (jcondon@oaconsulting.com) on 04/26/2010

This is really fun. It was nice experience to have this activity. Great!

Posted by: Chris Taus (chris_oils@yahoo.com) on 01/12/2011

This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing, I like to spend time throught your blog.

Posted by: Simonedeps (simone.deeps@yahoo.com) on 07/15/2011

Jamboree 2010: Where the Boys (and WEF Volunteers) Are

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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.

BSAJamboreePinThis 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.

 

WEF Exhibit 113.jpgPlenty 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 sharrison@wef.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.

 

Posted by Julie Fuller at 03/29/2010 10:51:25 AM | 


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I would like to reinforce Tim's comments above. I have been to all of the Boy Scout Jamboree's since WEF has been sponsoring an activity at the event. I don't know of a better place any MA can put their money to get the best "Bang for the Buck". All the members that volunteer for this event deserve the backing of all our member organizations. I would encourage every MA to contribute what they can to the event. There is no other activity I know that has the concentrated impact of this event. With over 16,000 boy plus leaders and parents this is one of our best opportunities to get the word out and to connect with one of our major audiences.
Posted by: Jim Condon ( Email ) at 4/26/2010 11:19 AM


This is really fun. It was nice experience to have this activity. Great!
Posted by: Chris Taus ( Email | Visit ) at 1/12/2011 3:50 AM


This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing, I like to spend time throught your blog.
Posted by: Simonedeps ( Email | Visit ) at 7/15/2011 3:38 AM


 

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Tim Madhanagopal, P.E.

Tim Madhanagopal, a Professional Engineer in Florida, is Plant Manager in the Orange County (FL) Utilities. He joined the County in 1985, after serving the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for six years and has been practicing in the water quality field since 1978. He holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India, an M.S.C.E in Environmental Engineering from Wayne State University, MI and an MBA from University of Central Florida. 


Tim joined the Water Environment Federation in 1982 and has been serving on WEF/Florida Water Environment Association public education committee for the past 13 years. He is currently chairing the Jamboree subcommittee for WEF.

 

 


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