BSA Arrives at Fort A. P. Hill for the 1997 Jamboree
Bob Knudson (rknudson@DU.EDU)
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 19:44:05 +0000
Thought this news release might interest the list....
IRVING, Texas, July 28 /PRNewsire/ -- The Boy Scouts of America today
returning to Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia for the fifth consecutive time for
1997 National Boy Scout Jamboree. More than 35,000 Scouts, volunteers and
staff are expected to attend one of the world's largest scouting events
July 28 through August 5.
"We expect this Jamboree to be the best ever," said Jere
Scout Executive. The National Jamboree, held every four years, serves as
demonstration of Scouting's ability to develop brotherhood, a spirit of
friendship and a source of understanding among young people.
"This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the Scouts,"
Shields, BSA national spokesperson said. "The Scouts can learn from and
with other Scouts from across the country and the world. It's Scouting
Outstanding performances from entertainers such as Louise
special performances by the U. S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the
101st Airborne Screaming Eagles, a fireworks and laser light show and a
reenactment of the first Scout camp 90 years ago will keep the fun-packed
pumping with energy.
During the week-long event, Scouts will participate in
reflect the skills of Scouting, the nation's heritage, physical fitness,
conservation and the spirit of brotherhood. Programs include a rappelling
wall, motocross bike course, disability awareness challenge, a midway
more than 60 merit badges, 5K fun run and an attempt to break a world
with the longest fire bucket brigade.
Fort A. P. Hill offers numerous features in support of an event
Scouts will have the space to set up 15,000 tents for the week. Many of
roads established from the previous five Jamborees at Fort A. P. Hill are
still in place and will serve the bus system, which transports thousands
Scouts to various activities each day.
Accommodations such as shower facilities, sewage systems,
postal service will be available, and a local Scouting newspaper and radio
station will be in place specifically for this event. Although it will
cover approximately one-tenth of the 77,000 acres belonging to Fort A. P.
Hill, the Jamboree site will temporarily become Virginia's sixth largest
With more than 5.6 million youth and adult members, the Boy
America is one of the nation's largest youth development organizations.
than 92 million young people have been involved in Scouting since its
inception in 1910.
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