The 2023 National Scout Jamboree wraps up today, but there was plenty of good Jamboree news from the past week to go around.
This story from MetroNews of West Virginia covers a section of the Jamboree that recreated the birthplace of Scouting.
“In the early 1900s (Robert Baden-Powell) realized that the young boys were not strong enough, or fit enough or healthy enough to fight in the wars that were happening,” says a lead facilitator of the exhibit. “There was a bit of a crisis going on and citizenship had gone down, so he decided he wanted to create some sort of youth movement.”
That movement, of course, was Scouting, which led to the creation of the Boy Scouts of America just a few years later.
“They get to find out how the first camp was, what was different about camping then as opposed to now, and a little bit of history of the movement, how its changed, how it started, why it started,” says the volunteer leading the exhibit.
This story from WVNews covers Sen. Joe Manchin’s visit to the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
“I am thrilled that more than 15,000 Scouts from across the country are here in West Virginia this week to enjoy our world-class Scouting facility,” Manchin said in a statement. “As a former Scout myself, I am proud that West Virginia is the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree, where Scouts learn important life skills and make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Another WVNews story details the impact the BSA has had on young women.
“I was watching units side by side, putting their tents together in their campsite yesterday,” says Jamboree Chairman Tico Perez. “All the boys were working on their own tents and getting it together. And all the girls were in swarms working on a tent and the next tent and the next 10. The teamwork and the communication was phenomenal. So, it’s a difference in style. And it’s a beautiful thing for our boys to learn.”