Boy Scout Jamboree - Day 8

By Jim Condon
August 1, 2010

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Thanks, Carl, for the break. Great job. Since I can type only slightly faster than snails crawl, the break is appreciated. Carl was the electrician in charge of correction of a problem with our communications system. Remember the switch that you put on hold when scouts come into the exhibit and send when they leave? Our treatment plant 2 had a problem and Carl got the problem corrected with a new switch.


The last blog I did was for half a day. Today because of religious services the exhibit did not open till 1:00 pm. I think many of the group that attended the Arena show at the Jamboree Saturday night were happy for the late start. All the reports from the show indicated it was great with an awesome fireworks display, and Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel talking about a dirty jobs merit badge was excellent also.


So did I sleep in? A little bit. I was up because after sweating away for a week I had a slight problem. My room was beginning to smell like a foot that hadn’t seen the light of day for a week. I figured I needed to do laundry. So I was up and went with another of the volunteers to a nearby laundromat. That took care of most of the morning. We left for the Jamboree at 11:30 am. The traffic was no problem today and we got in quickly.


We had 660 scouts and visitors today. Not bad for half a day. I was at the watershed map. After talking about how everyone lives downstream of someone else, and going through the Missouri/Mississippi River watersheds, I was getting hoarse by the end of the day. We had several international visitors today including; Bataan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, and Mexico.

 

There were 13 volunteers from near and far today. Again they are all doing a great job.

 

Weather was comfortable and in the mid-80’s with just a few sprinkles.

 

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Posted August 1, 2010

Thanks, Carl, for the break. Great job. Since I can type only slightly faster than snails crawl, the break is appreciated. Carl was the electrician in charge of correction of a problem with our communications system. Remember the switch that you put on hold when scouts come into the exhibit and send when they leave? Our treatment plant 2 had a problem and Carl got the problem corrected with a new switch.

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Well, here I am in Savannah, Georgia, to spend the night after 10 days at the Boy Scout Jamboree volunteering for the WEF exhibit on the Conversation Trail. As Jim and Carl have been indicating in the blog updates, this is a great experience for those of us who have been helping educate our Scouts about the importance of taking care of our water resources. The only thing better would be to stay on site as I did for the 2001 and 2005 Jamborees. I would encourage anyone with even the slightest interest to volunteer for the next Jamboree in 2013. You will have a great time, while and having fun with a great group of individuals. Well, I need to close now because its getting late and I still have a considerable distance to drive tomorrow to get home. Since this was the last day of our exhibiting at the Jamboree, I hope this finds everyone well and hope everyone arrives at their various homes safely. Terry Knepper

Posted by: Terry Knepper (twkpe@att.net) on 08/03/2010

Boy Scout Jamboree - Day 8

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Boy Scout Jamboree - Day 8

By Jim Condon
August 1, 2010

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Thanks, Carl, for the break. Great job. Since I can type only slightly faster than snails crawl, the break is appreciated. Carl was the electrician in charge of correction of a problem with our communications system. Remember the switch that you put on hold when scouts come into the exhibit and send when they leave? Our treatment plant 2 had a problem and Carl got the problem corrected with a new switch.


The last blog I did was for half a day. Today because of religious services the exhibit did not open till 1:00 pm. I think many of the group that attended the Arena show at the Jamboree Saturday night were happy for the late start. All the reports from the show indicated it was great with an awesome fireworks display, and Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel talking about a dirty jobs merit badge was excellent also.


So did I sleep in? A little bit. I was up because after sweating away for a week I had a slight problem. My room was beginning to smell like a foot that hadn’t seen the light of day for a week. I figured I needed to do laundry. So I was up and went with another of the volunteers to a nearby laundromat. That took care of most of the morning. We left for the Jamboree at 11:30 am. The traffic was no problem today and we got in quickly.


We had 660 scouts and visitors today. Not bad for half a day. I was at the watershed map. After talking about how everyone lives downstream of someone else, and going through the Missouri/Mississippi River watersheds, I was getting hoarse by the end of the day. We had several international visitors today including; Bataan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, and Mexico.

 

There were 13 volunteers from near and far today. Again they are all doing a great job.

 

Weather was comfortable and in the mid-80’s with just a few sprinkles.

 

Posted by Julie Fuller at 08/03/2010 08:18:40 AM | 


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Well, here I am in Savannah, Georgia, to spend the night after 10 days at the Boy Scout Jamboree volunteering for the WEF exhibit on the Conversation Trail. As Jim and Carl have been indicating in the blog updates, this is a great experience for those of us who have been helping educate our Scouts about the importance of taking care of our water resources. The only thing better would be to stay on site as I did for the 2001 and 2005 Jamborees.

I would encourage anyone with even the slightest interest to volunteer for the next Jamboree in 2013. You will have a great time, while and having fun with a great group of individuals.

Well, I need to close now because its getting late and I still have a considerable distance to drive tomorrow to get home. Since this was the last day of our exhibiting at the Jamboree, I hope this finds everyone well and hope everyone arrives at their various homes safely.

Terry Knepper
Posted by: Terry Knepper ( Email ) at 8/3/2010 8:26 PM


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Jim’s engineering experience covers a wide range of disciplines with emphasis on chemical and sanitary engineering projects. Specific areas of expertise include both wastewater treatment plant operations and wastewater treatment design projects involving design of activated sludge plants and sequencing batch reactors for biological nutrient removal, anaerobic and aerobic digesters, belt filter
press dewatering, and composting; microscreening; rotating biological contactors; lift station and sewer distribution systems; laboratory design; biological nutrient removal; and retention and aerated lagoons.

Jim has been involved in wastewater operations his entire career, which includes extensive experience in plant operations. He has been the operator of several plants in Nebraska, including operator supervision and training, plant operation and start-up, preparation of operation and maintenance manuals and troubleshooting. He has also been involved in design of wastewater plants for ammonia and nitrate removal as well as development of ammonia standards for surface water in Nebraska. Jim’s education includes a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


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