Don’t be in the dark about “A Shining Light Across America”


Local units, districts, and councils have been celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Scouting all year. But on July 31, it'll be time for everyone in America to come together for one "Shining" moment.

Organizers are calling "A Shining Light Across America" the one moment of the 100th Anniversary Celebration "not to be missed." And Cracker Barrel has all the details you need to ensure that you and your pack, troop, or crew are ready for the big event.

If you haven't heard, "A Shining Light Across America" is the big centennial extravaganza on July 31. Those who are attending the 2010 National Scout Jamboree will see the show in person, but the rest of the country won't miss out on the fun.

Many councils, districts, and units have Shining Light viewing gatherings planned. For those currently without plans, don't worry. There's still time to get ready for the event.

Whether you're ordering some pizza and hosting a viewing party with your pack or just sitting around the computer watching with your family, you won't want to miss this celebration.

Here are the details:

  • When to watch: The Centennial Celebration preshow will be available online starting at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) on July 31. The main show will be available for viewing at 8 p.m. (EDT), and the broadcast will conclude at approximately 10:30 p.m. (EDT).
  • What you'll watch: The organizers have also provided a detailed look at the show's agenda (link opens PDF). The exact schedule is subject to change.
  • How to watch: The video will stream live at a special link on Ustream and on the Shining Light tab at the BSA's Facebook page. You'll also be able to watch right here on Cracker Barrel using the embedded Ustream video.
  • Test your equipment: Be Prepared for the big night. Make sure the computer you plan to use has high-speed Internet access and is capable of streaming stutter-free Ustream videos. Click on any live Ustream feed to test this in advance. If you're hosting a viewing party, consider the size of your group when configuring both video and audio. To ensure the best picture quality, the Webcast option is recommended
    for small- to medium-sized groups on a screen no larger than 120 inches
    (9 feet wide by 6 feet high).

A celebration like this only comes around once every century. Don't miss it!

UPDATE (July 7, 12:15 p.m.): We spoke with the event's organizers to get the answer to a reader's question. It turns out you will be able to view the Shining Light broadcast after the event. It will remain available at the same link you use to watch it live. Good news for those who may be away from their computer on July 31 or those who are attending the jamboree who want to watch it again!

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