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Scouts skate, raft and zip at Jamboree

By Jacob Bassett

On the bus ride to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, the scouts from El Dorado County got very excited. Before we arrived at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia we had to go through a long line of buses trying to check in. It was a very long wait, but necessary because they also gave us all our cooking equipment when we checked in.

By the time we finally got to The Summit we had to set up all of our tents in the very hot weather. At the end of the day we had a nearly perfect camp filled with green, two-man tents with cots inside.

The next day activities began. We had endless options for what we could spend the day doing — skate boarding, rifle shooting, archery, zip lining and much more. The activities at National Jamboree offer different skill levels, such as beginner and expert.  That system allows people to either try new things or make an existing skill better. A few activities, like zip lining, do not have different skill levels.

“I like it, except there are a lot of lines and a lot of waiting,” said Jerry Chen from El Dorado Hills about Jamboree.

Scouts stood in long lines for nearly everything, even whitewater rafting, because everything is so fun.

Some Scouts from A124 went whitewater rafting on the New River, the second oldest river in the world.  Most of the Scouts who went said it was the best time they have had at the National Jamboree so far.

When the next day began, A124 did its day of service out of camp by clearing pathways in the John Henry National Park. The group I went with cleared a path covered in vines for about an hour-and-a-half until I accidentally put my rake into a bee’s nest. Everyone quickly retreated after I was stung in the ankle and another member was stung in the stomach. That night most people went back to the campsite to play a card game called Egyptian War.

As the end of the Jamboree approaches, I know that I will remember this experience forever though do miss home and it will be nice to be back in El Dorado Hills.

Special to Village Life


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