Final jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill was the first for the base’s commander


Scouts and Scouters weren’t the only ones who left the 2010
National Scout Jamboree with a head full of great memories.

The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who helped run
the event also shared in the celebration. And it’s likely that none of them
enjoyed it more than Lt. Col. Jack Haefner. As base commander, he’s the man in
charge of Fort A.P. Hill, a responsibility he calls “a real honor.”

Haefner, an Eagle Scout, never attended a jamboree before
2010. That made this one, which he shared with his 7-year-old Cub Scout, Lucas,
even more special. The two are pictured above at one of Haefner’s favorite
jamboree moments: the daily opening ceremony at the Court of Flags.

This year marked the final time the jamboree will be held at
Fort A.P. Hill, the 76,000-acre military base in Virginia. Eight jamborees were
held there over a period of 29 years. During that time, 3.15 million warriors trained
at the base, Haefner said.

The jamboree offers a chance for the men and women of the
military to “do the job that they’re normally trained to do,” Haefner said, “but
the rate at which they’re trained is higher.”

During the jamboree, Fort A.P. Hill turns into a small city,
and to make sure that the city runs smoothly, Haefner and his team started
planning right after the 2005 jamboree ended.

That process started with Haefner and his colleagues at the
Joint Task Force (JTF), a team of BSA and military officials who helped ensure
a smooth jamboree experience for everyone.

The JTF was responsible for integrating a wide-ranging group
of contractors, volunteers, military personnel, and professionals. That group
included forestry workers, communications specialists, construction inspectors,
utility technicians, firefighters, logistics experts, police, and members of
the armed forces—to name a few.

The challenge is “being able to establish a city and to have
the kind of folks here who can do that,” Haefner said. From the looks of it,
his team succeeded. And the success of the planning didn’t go unnoticed.

“The BSA staff was just so appreciative, and nobody took anybody
for granted,” he said. “It’s very touching to see the people who would thank
you for your service.”

Beginning in 2013, future jamborees will move to The Summit
in West Virginia. But the memories made at Fort A.P. Hill—home to nearly half
of all BSA jamborees in history—will last forever.

Jamboree memories stored in videos, photos, and words


How about a little something to fill that post-jamboree emptiness?

This event was by far the most-connected jamboree in history. Hundreds of thousands of videos, photos, blog posts, Tweets, Facebook updates, and text messages were sent out of Fort A.P. Hill during the 10-day event.

We're here to help make sure you didn't miss any of it.

That should keep you busy for quite a while. Once you're done with that, the countdown begins to 2013, when the Cracker Barrel team will do it all over again for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit.

Watch the “Shining Light” broadcast right here

On Saturday night, the nationwide Scouting community gathered to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The evening was highlighted by an inspirational speech from "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe, a rousing performance by Switchfoot, and a Scouting message that really hit home.

If that wasn't enough, the night ended with a bang as fireworks illuminated the skies above the 70,000 people who gathered in the arena at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Mere words can't do the night justice, though. You need to see it. If you missed the show, watch the video above to see what everybody's talking about. If you were there to see it live, you're probably eager to relive the experience.

If you don't have time to watch the entire broadcast now, several tags throughout the video will help you skip to what interests you most.

Or if you'd rather wait and watch it on your television, that's still an option, thanks to BYUtv. The broadcast will air on that channel at 7 p.m. (ET) Saturday. Click here to find out how to watch BYUtv in your area.

You’ve got mail: Scouting stamp now available

The U.S. Postal Service today released its Celebrate Scouting stamp at a special ceremony at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Hundreds of Scouts, Scouters, and visitors gathered to watch as the 44-cent stamp officially went on sale. It's now available nationwide at local Post Offices and at .

Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, shown addressing the crowd in the picture above, said that 50,000 stamp proposals are sent to the U.S. Postal Service each year. That made the Celebrate Scouting stamp one of the precious few to make it to production.

"Today's a special day for Scouting and the U.S. Postal Service," Mazzuca said. "We owe them our utmost appreciation."

As you can see in the photo above, Scouts and Scouters were so excited about buying the stamp that many were already lined up at the Jamboree Post Office to purchase the collectible stamp.  

Joining Mazzuca in the celebration, pictured below from left: Lt. Colonel Jack Haefner, U.S. Army Fort A.P. Hill Garrison commander; Eagle Scout Jerome Biedny, who was the master of ceremonies at the event; and former Boy Scout Sam Pulcrano, vice president of sustainability for the U.S. Postal Service.

National Hall of Leadership inductees announced

BSA2010  Nearly 300 Scouts and Scouters from all over the United States were named today to the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership.

It all went down during a ceremony at the close of the BSA Centennial Parade in Washington, D.C.

The inductees were named to the National Hall of Leadership for making a "significant difference in the life of another by the extraordinary service they have given … and the Scouting virtues they have modeled," according to a BSA release about the event.

Inductees could be of any age or gender. The only requirement was that they had a profound impact on someone else. Also, only living individuals were eligible for nomination.

An inductee from each region was given the additional honor of representing his or her region at a special ceremony. Those four individuals were:

  • Western Region: Mary Jo Brentari of Anacortes, Wash., a Scout leader from the Mount Baker Council in Everett, Wash.
  • Southern Region: Hilliard L. Gibbs, Jr. of Opelika, Ala., a Scoutmaster for Troop 373 from the Chattahoochee Council in Columbus, Ga.
  • Central Region: Tayler McGillis of Toluca, Ill., an Eagle Scout from Troop 727 in the W.D. Boyce Council in Peoria, Ill.
  • Northeast Region: William Kenny of Rosemont, Pa., a Scoutmaster for Troop 652 from the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia, Pa.

All this week we'll be introducing you to these four individuals and will share with you the original nomination stories submitted by someone who was especially moved by the inductee's presence in their life.

But first, read what Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca took away from this special moment.

“This is a one-time opportunity to honor, recognize, and thank Scouts, leaders, and any living person who has served as a Scouting volunteer from across the country for the extraordinary difference they have made in the lives of others through their leadership,” he said.

“What better way to help celebrate 100 years of Scouting in America than by giving the citizens of the communities we serve the opportunity to remember and honor these individuals who have made such a significant contribution to the lives of others and who have improved the quality of life for all."

For more information and a list of all inductees, click here.

BSA Centennial Parade takes Scouting’s message to the streets

The Scouting spirit was proudly marched down Constitution Avenue today as thousands of Scouts and Scouters participated in the BSA Centennial Parade in Washington, D.C.

The sun was blazing, but spirits were high as the BSA put on quite a show in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting. Local council contingents from across the country rode floats, carried flags, and waved at Scouting supporters who lined the parade route.

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“Clean” removed from Scout Law (or so says “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe)

This just in: The word "Clean" has been removed from the Scout Law. Well, that's if you believe Mike Rowe, Eagle Scout and host of "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel.

As someone who has made a career out of getting dirty while trying some of the toughest jobs in America, he makes a lighthearted case for the removal of the Scout Law's 11th point:

"I got rid of the clean," he says in the video. "It's not that I've got anything against being clean. It's just that you can't be clean unless you're willing to get dirty."

He quickly admits that his idea probably won't go far. "I haven't approved this with the Boy Scouts of America, and so far I'm the only one that signed the petition."

Actually, he explains, he wanted to take the opportunity to wish the BSA a happy 100th Anniversary.

"Where would I be without the Boy Scouts today?" he asks. "I probably wouldn't even have a job."

He'll get a chance to explain the importance of his Scouting past while attending the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at the end of the month. Among other topics, he'll discuss "the importance of being clean but only in the aftermath of being dirty."

That's also the message of a special T-shirt he designed for the BSA's 100th Anniversary. It's a Dirt Shirt that reads "A Scout Is Clean … But Not Afraid to Get Dirty." The shirts are sold on the Dirt Shirt Web site for $24.95.

National Museum of American History digs out its BSA artifacts

Smithsonian-shirt If you were in the Boy Scouts of America as a boy, chances are good that you've developed a healthy collection of Scouting memorabilia. Whether it's your Cub Scout uniform covered in plastic and hanging in a closet or your Eagle Scout pin presented prominently on your mantle, you've surely formed a special bond with the items from your time in the program.

That unique relationship between Scouts and their "stuff" formed the basis for a recent blog post on the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Web site. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the BSA, the museum pulled out its Scouting-related artifacts to share with everyone.

Many of these items, such as David Loewenwarter's shirt, seen here, were donated from the personal collections of former Scouts like you, and the museum has tagged and preserved these items for future generations to enjoy.

Check out the museum's blog post, and then tell us: What's your most prized Scouting possession?

Follow the 2010 National Scout Jamboree from wherever you are

JambologoTechnology has changed quite a bit since 2005, the year of the last BSA jamboree.

In December of that year, Facebook added its 5.5 millionth member. Today it has 500 million.

Twitter didn't exist at the last jamboree. The 140-character craze wouldn't begin until the next year.

And in the world of gadgets, October of 2005 saw the introduction of the first iPod to play video. Apple's new device had a 2.5-inch screen, held 30 GB of content, and sold for $299.

A lot has changed in five years, hasn't it?

During next week's 2010 National Scout Jamboree, Scouts and Scouters from anywhere in the country will stay connected in unprecedented ways. A Scout at the jamboree can post photos to Facebook while hanging out at camp, and a Scouter in California can follow jamboree-related Tweets to pass the time during a dull office meeting. And they can do it while using a cell phone or smartphone that probably cost less than that comparatively puny iPod from 2005.

Also gone from 2005 are the dead zones of cell coverage at Fort A.P. Hill. This time, AT&T will provide a cellular and Wi-Fi network for participants, visitors, and staff.

Yes, this will be the first fully digital jamboree. But you don't have to be in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., to experience the excitement. 

Here's how to stay connected with what's happening at the jamboree from opening day on Monday all the way till the tents are packed up on Aug. 4:

On Cracker Barrel:

Scouting magazine's blog will be your best resource for daily news and features straight from Fort A.P. Hill. The Cracker Barrel team will be on site to bring you breaking news, interviews, and photos about what makes the jamboree experience so unique.

We know that most of our readers won't be attending the jamboree, so our posts will be designed to help you use information from the event to make your pack, troop, or crew even better.

On Twitter:

Scouting magazine and Cracker Barrel's official Twitter account, @scouting, will be quite active during the jamboree. That's where we'll post short items and photos that won't make it onto the blog. You'll also want to be following @boyscouts, the BSA's official Twitter account.

Do you plan to Tweet jamboree-related messages during the event, or do you want to read what others are saying? Search for or use these official hashtags:

On Facebook:

Be sure to bookmark Scouting magazine's Facebook page and the official Boy Scouts of America Facebook page. Both will be very active during the jamboree.

Also, your Scouts might be interested in checking out the official page for Boys' Life magazine.

With daily blog updates on Cracker Barrel, numerous Tweets, and posts to Facebook, we think you'll get your fix of jamboree information—even if you're thousands of miles from Virginia.

Occasions like these only come around once every few years, so don't miss out on the excitement!

This weekend, the ScoutQuest is on for fun and great prizes

ScoutQuest-QR-Patch Last month, we told you all about ScoutQuest, the high-tech, interactive treasure hunt in Washington, D.C.

And now the wait is over. On Saturday and Sunday, you and your Scouts can “uncover the links between Scouting and some of our greatest national treasures in this interactive, citywide hunt,” as described by the event’s Web site.

At several stops across our nation’s capital, you and your Scouts will find Quick Response (QR) codes. Players will scan these codes, like the one seen at left, using a free app for their iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, or Android-powered smartphone. Before you begin the game, download a free QR reader application from your smartphone’s app store. It’s easy to use and set up.

Once a code is scanned at each stop on the journey, players uncover clues and get their passport stamped. Each code will also reveal a story, providing a unique view of the place and its connection to Scouting.

Oh, and if you don’t have a smartphone, you can still play. Volunteers will be at each stop to help you read the codes.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. each day and ends at 5 p.m., or when each museum closes (whichever comes first).

Want to win one of the fewer than 200 ScoutQuest patches pictured here? Just make sure you’re following the BSA on Twitter and Facebook. That’s where the ScoutQuest team will announce special clues. When a clue is posted, be one of the first five to meet the roving ScoutQuest guide at the secret location to get a patch.

Everyone who wins the limited-edition patch will also be entered in a drawing for the new HTC Aria smartphone, valued at $369.99.

We know you can’t wait for the fun and chance at great prizes to begin on Saturday. So to tide you over, here’s a look at some of the ScoutQuest stops and what questions will be answered by scanning the QR codes:

  • International Spy Museum (gift shop): What’s the link between Lord Baden-Powell and espionage?
  • Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (Apollo to the Moon exhibit): What role have Scouts played in space exploration?
  • National Archives (outside queue): What Scouting-related design was patented in 1911?
  • Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (Star-Spangled Banner exhibit): How do Scouts do their duty to country by honoring the American flag?

Those are just four of the 12 ScoutQuest stops. For the complete list, visit the ScoutQuest Web site.
Good luck, and have fun!