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The first Venturers arrive at the jamboree, don’t miss a beat

Early this morning, I watched history be made.

For the first time ever, Venturers joined the jamboree fun.

As buses streamed in, green-shirted young men and women hauled off their gear and made the uphill hike toward Basecamp Foxtrot. Identifying jamboree shoulder patches as the Venturers rushed past me proved a daunting task, but I spotted crews from councils in South Texas, Baltimore, Denver, Heart of Ohio, South Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Seattle and Louisiana.

Once they reached the top of what I’m calling Foxtrot Hill, a panorama of West Virginia wonderment awaited them. They might have the steepest hike to camp of any jamboree participants, but they’re rewarded with the best view at the Summit.

For Erin Carrigan (pictured above, center), president of Crew F807 out of the Baltimore Area Council, the 2013 jamboree is the culmination of a year of hard work.

She attended last July’s Summit Shakedown as one of just a handful of youth staff members and was immediately hooked on the magic of this place. Her first-hand knowledge of the Summit and the new direction for jamborees was her platform when running for crew president, and she was elected easily.

That’s when the real work began.

“I gave presentations at summer camp to Boy Scouts and Venturers, recruiting them to come,” she says. “We had Boy Scouts who had aged out, and I told them if they join Venturing they can do lots of cool activities, like the jamboree.”

And help make history at the same time.

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11 Comments on The first Venturers arrive at the jamboree, don’t miss a beat

  1. Thanks for posting this. The young men and women in Venturing are thrilled to be at the Summit for the Jamboree! Our Crew arrived at 6 a.m. today.

  2. Thanks. We pushed hard to venturers in my crew (some who were scouts at 2010), but no takers. Keep the pics coming so I can generate a little “Jambo envy” in my youth for the next time ’round.

  3. Bryan, any estimate of the number of female venturers who are registered for this event? Also, what is the headcount on scouts, venturers (male and female) and scouters?

    • I was told there were expected to be 2,000 Venturers there with half of them female. Not sure on International Scout numbers.
      My daughter is there now, my son went in 2010 and I am living vicariously through “technology” with all of it!!!

  4. cwolfpack3 // July 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm // Reply

    Oh Bryan. I am sure you didn’t mean “… I spotted TROOPS from councils in …”, right?

    • Oops! Fixed it. Thanks!

      • cwolfpack3 // July 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm // Reply

        wtg, thanks! appreciate all your coverage for those of us whose crews couldn’t go

  5. While this may be the first time “Venturers” as the currrent older youth program is called today are allowed to participate, if memory serves Sea Scouts, the second oldest program in the BSA and now part of the Venturing Division, has participated in jamborees previously.

  6. This may be the first time that Venturers are attending as participants but I still have great memories of trying all the activities when I attended as a sub-camp youth staff member in 2001.

    • Good point. Thanks!

  7. Thank you Bryan! My oldest is just the right age to have been in cubbies for their 75th anniversary, 100th for Boy Scouts, inaugural at The Summit and 1st Jambo for Venturing and headed to Philmont next week for their 75th year. So happy to finally find a pic of him at Jambo I don’t even care if it is the back of his head with his camo boonie hat on. And then the second article about the Hawaii/Denver crew makes him not seem so far away from home. Reports from The Summit is that he is having a blast!!

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