July 23, 2001
When asked to list significant events that occur only once every
four years, most people mention the U.S. Presidential elections, the Olympics,
and leap year. However, for millions of young Scouts, the National Scout
Jamboree may just top the list.
Monday, July 31, 2001 - Fort A. P. Hill, VA Along with nearly 42,000
youth and volunteers, civic and fraternal organizations, 13
scouts from Troop 62 were part of the Chester County Council contingent that shared the sunshine,
non-stop fun and commitment to values at the 2001 National Scout Jamboree near
Bowling Green, Virginia. The gargantuan event, which runs from July 23 to August
1, has dotted Fort A.P. Hill's more than 15,000 acres with row upon row camping
tents, circus-size refreshment and souvenir tents bedecked with streamers,
performance stages, archery and riflery ranges, motocross bike trails, and
walkways jammed with Scouts and the interested public.
Here are some of the activities attending Scouts
may choose from at the Jamboree:
Because A. P. Hill is such a big site, there are four
action centers—one at each regional site. Each action center offers identical
program events and activities, including air-rifle shooting, action alley,
archery, bikathalon, buckskin games, confidence course, motocross, pioneering,
rappelling tower, and trapshooting.
Scouts have a wide range of hands-on opportunities to
experience the latest in environmental developments and to become involved in
conserving natural resources. Outback center activities include fishing,
aquatics, canoeing, scuba, kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, and sailing.
Arts and Science Expo
More than a thousand Scout participant entries are expected
at the Arts and Science Expo. Art categories include photography, sculpture,
crafts, painting, printmaking, computer graphics, drawing, and literature.
Science entries may be based on any merit badge subject that is
science-related. All exhibits will be judged by experts and appropriate
ribbons will be awarded. Special recognition will be given to category
Brownsea Island Camp
This historical recreation of the first Boy Scout camp,
conducted by Baden-Powell in 1907 on Brownsea Island off the coast of England,
features demonstrations, games, and activities conducted by a select group of
Scouts dressed in the costume of the time.
American Indian Village
Scouts can experience life in an American Indian
setting—observing the daily routines, children's games, food preparation, and
homes that represent the culture and customs of Native Americans.
Disabilities Awareness Trail
Hands-on activities from the Disabilities Awareness merit
badge are designed to improve understanding of the challenges and
opportunities people with disabilities face.
The goal of this interactive experience is to prepare
Scouts to meet their own real-life challenges with the ability to make the
right critical choices for their future.
TOAP—The Outdoor Adventure Place
Scouts have the opportunity to test their camping and
outdoor skills and see the very latest in outdoor equipment at The Outdoor
Activities Photo Gallery
Fire Safety merit badge
Astronomy merit badge - Every badge is offered at Jambo
Zip line, 4 stories up
Canoeing across a calm lake
Raft splash fights, a welcome break on a hot day
Try the BMX bike course
Repel from a 3 story tower
40,000 scouts attend some awesome live shows
At the closing show, President George W. Bush spoke to the Boy Scouts of America.