Boy Scout Jamboree Day 6
Posted July 30, 2010
By Carl Janson
Well…it’s my turn to provide the Blog for the Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, VA. Today started at 7 AM with breakfast and our 7:30 AM van pool over to the Jamboree. We arrived at about 8:15 AM and began our preparations for the arrival of the scouts at 9 AM. Again it was a HOT and HUMID day here with temperatures in the 90’s and very high humidity. We had a thunderstorm early in the afternoon and it cooled it down for a little – about 20 minutes, but after the storm the heat returned and even MORE humidity.
We had over 1100 Scouts complete our exhibit events and endure the heat. Another BLACK Flag Day -where all were encouraged to keep hydrated. As the day wore on, we saw more of the leaders and even some of the older scouts want to take the bypass route around our pipe entry to the tent exhibits. But most still went through the pipes. Jim Condon again was our carnival crier and recruited many to enter our exhibit area. We plan to shorten up some of our presentations so we are better able to handle the even larger demand for scouts wanting to go through our exhibit area on Friday.
The scouts and leaders have been enthusiastic about learning more about the water environment and our activities. There are also 29 foreign countries represented and we have had several international scouts attend the events at our exhibit area with an especially interested group of scouts from Guatemala today. Yesterday, many of the scouts saw a fly over by F-16C’s, and speeches by Miss America Caressa Cameron (who is from Fredericksburg, VA), Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (an Eagle Scout).
The last Jamboree I attended was in 1964 at Valley Forge – ooops I guess that gives away my old age. I can still remember those days and the impact it had on my scouting adventures which were highlighted by attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and attending the Philmont Scout Reservation. Scouting really helped to shape and develop leadership and a hard work ethic in my life. Many of the Scouts attending this week’s Jamboree will be our future leaders.
Well, I got a quick swim in tonight before the latest round of thunderstorms hit here at 9 PM and soon will be off to bed to rest up for another hot and busy day at the Jamboree on Friday. We have a great group of volunteer workers at the WEF display and we are all looking forward to welcoming the Scouts and leaders while presenting information on watersheds and emphasizing the importance of wastewater treatment and water management. That’s all for today.