PBS Jambo '97 show
Terry Slade (TMSLADE@IPGATE.ACTX.EDU)
Wed, 10 Dec 1997 10:03:33 -0600
Here is the information from PBS on the program. It feeds to
the PBS stations on Monday, December 22 at 2pm Central. Call
your local station to find out when they plan to air the show.
The station here in Amarillo will air the program on Saturday,
January 17th at 4pm.
THE SCOUT JAMBOREE
Rappelling off a 40-foot tower, kayaking, scuba diving, skeet
shooting, fishing and meeting President Clinton are just a few
of the activities enjoyed by more than 35,000 Boy Scouts after
they set up camp for 10 days at the 60th anniversary of the
National Boy Scout Jamboree. THE SCOUT JAMBOREE, airing on
PBS in January 1998 (check local listings), takes viewers to the
event in nearly every way minus smelling the campfire and the
backache from sleeping on a cot. The one-hour program also
features interviews with Scouts about the impact of Scouting
on their lives. Ron Schara and Fred Bartzen host.
The National Boy Scout Jamboree is held every four years,
making it a "once in a lifetime" event for the Scouts who come
from all over the United States and from 28 countries around
the world. "Character Counts Be Prepared for the 21st Century"
was the theme of this year's National Scout Jamboree. The
program explores the magnitude of the event with a look at the
history of the Jamboree and highlights visits by dignitaries,
including President Clinton, Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore,
Maryland, and Secretary of the Army Togo West.
From July 28 to August 5, 1997, Scouts gathered with 7,000
adult volunteers at Fort A.P. Hill in the rolling, forested hills of
Virginia just south of Washington, DC. When the Scouts moved
in, they instantly created Virginia's sixth largest city, complete
with its own mass transit, radio station and newspaper. Once
they pitched camp, Scouts set about building "gateways" to
their camps that symbolized their city of origin, such as a
replica of the wall in Chicago's Wrigley Field or the Boston
Scouts' re-creation of the U.S.S. Constitution.
THE SCOUT JAMBOREE features the many exhibits made
available to Scouts. These include the Jamboree's
Conservation Trail, the Scout's re-creation of founder Robert
Stevenson Smythe Baden-Powell's first Boy Scout camp at
Brownsea Island and the Merit Badge Midway. ESPN's Ron
Schara talks with Scouts at the various exhibits and is also on
hand as Scouts learn scuba diving and snorkeling. Fred Bartzen
joins Scouts on the rappelling tower, in the Army action center
and exploring career opportunities.
The first Scouting activity took place in August 1907 in England.
Scouting's founder Baden-Powell took 22 boys to an island
off the coast of England called Brownsea. Over the course of the
next week, Baden-Powell tested his idea of a youth
organization called Boy Scouting. Chicago publisher William D.
Boyce encountered Scouting while lost in the London fog and
became so impressed with Baden-Powell's ideas that he
decided to bring it to America. The Boy Scouts of America was
founded in February 8, 1910, by Boyce, Earnest Thompson Seton
and Daniel Carter Beard.
THE SCOUT JAMBOREE is part of PBS' commitment to
showcase America's varied traditions.
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Inc. Producer/director: Chris Brock. Camera: John Koskinen,
Chuck LeRoi and Tom O'Connor. Editor: Curtis Nichols. Format:
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