Reports from the Jamboree
Olan Watkins (OLDSCOUT@DELPHI.COM)
Sat, 7 Aug 1993 11:55:23 -0400
Passing on a couple of reports from the Jamboree that were posted on the
Scouting Forum on Compuserve.
#: 395548 S4/Scouting Activities [OUTDOORS]
Sb: #BSA National Jamboree
Fm: Bill Butterworth/TX 70733,3434
Dateline: Fort Ambrose Powell Hill, Virginia.
More than 30,000 Scouts ran amuck here in the hills of gorgeous (but
somewhat HOT) Virginia.
Temperatures were somewhat tempered, once again, by a heavy
concentration of watersports. Most fun? Probably the rafting. Kids played
various games--mostly keep-away--moving 20 two-man rubber rafts in a space
that would easily accommodate about 10 rafts. Lots of splashing, yelling and
swimming. Oh, and no paddles. Want to move? Lean over the gunwale...and
splash, splash, splash some more.
Long lines at the trap shoot. Scouts, some shorter than the long
12-gauge guns they held, took turns trying to bust those li'l clay doobers
into dust. (Great fun watching the grins spread when they shot their first
rounds off--and even greater fun watching those grins spread yet bigger when
they hit those 'birds!)
Patch trading continues at a fevered pitch. Big items: Utah's nifty
dinosaur patches. "Hey, 'Jurassic Park'!"
Scuttlebutt: Either Clinton or Gore makes an appearance at Sunday's
night's Arena Show. No confirmation; neither apparently would commit to an
appearance. Also: Gov. Douglas Wilder visited yesterday, Wednesday. Well
received, but his siren-screeching motorcade met with little enthusiasm after
running up the middle of hot, hiking kids....
More later, if time allows. For those who want more access, an online
conference is scheduled tomorrow, 10am EST, on a non-profit Scouting BBS.
The StarBase BBS (209) 339.0220 N81 - 24hrs
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#: 396213 S4/Scouting Activities [OUTDOORS]
Sb: National Jamboree
Fm: Bill Butterworth/TX 70733,3434
To quote A.A. Milne: "And the rain rain rain came down down down in rushing
And while the Scouts may not have been bailing or sailing, as the Winnie the
Pooh tune continues, they were rearranging campsites and everything else to
accommodate the runoff from the steady rains hammering Ft A.P. Hill, Va.
Still, the Scouts I saw on Friday were--despite gloomy faces matching the
gloomy day--having a great time. Everyone felt soaked to the bone, but as
Eagle Scout Lance Longwell wrote on yesterday's post to Scoutings StarBase
BBS: "Though it's raining now, spirits are high." (Can't stop that Scouting
Water levels and winds were high, too. The front page of today's Dallas
Morning News carried the colorful AP aerial shot of the tornado-destroyed
Wal-Mart south of Richmond Va. As you may know, tornados are fickle. And this
one hit there--and NOWHERE near AP Hill, according to sources still on site.
(I had to leave last night to cover another story in another state.)
Point of this: The Scouts may be wet, but they are safe. (And even if
something big SHOULD happen, know that size of emergency personnel on site is
AMAZING. For safety purposes--be prepared!--there are both military and public
ambulances cruising the entire camp. Frankly, hikers are getting a little
tired of having to continually step off the paths to let them pass....)
The biggest bummer about the rain was the shutting down of activity centers.
Everything from rappelling to BMX biking was shut down, for obvious slippery
reasons. A break in the rain, and these will open right back up.
Patch collecting/trading picked up incredibly. Resourceful Scouts found dry
spots all over to spread out their offerings. One Hometown News Scout reporter
confirms that the most collectible patches continue to be Malibu's
shark-infested shoulder patch and Utah's dinosaur.
Weather service promised fair skies for today, Saturday. Then sun for, of
course, Sunday. Let's hope for once their predictions hold true. The kids are
having a good time...but a little sun should brighten--not to mention dry
Will post more news if it comes available. Otherwise, contact your local
newpaper, and ask if they have a Hometown News Scout correspondent at the
jambo. The guys write the story, then fax it to the Scouts' hometown papers.
Editors can contact the jamboree's Hometown News at (804) 632-0193.
And, as always, articles will appear in Boys' Life and Scouting magazines.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City