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Boy Scout report from Ben Lyons at national Jamboree

Boy Scout Ben Lyons
Special to the Sun

Editor’s note: Local Boy Scout Ben Lyons reported from the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia where more than 45,000 scouts, leaders and volunteers gathered. This is the 100th anniversary of the organization.

Local Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 701 were launched into a sea of new opportunities at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. National Scout officials have been planning activities for the jamboree since 2007 and it is apparent in all that it has to offer.

Since arriving at the National Scout Jamboree members of Troop 701 have been immersed in a wave of new culture as Scouts from every state in the union as well as Scouts from other countries including, but not limited to, Japan, Sweden, Russia, Mexico, England and Poland, come to enjoy the activities the jamboree has to offer. Scouts from all walks of life coming together for nine days as one; drawn together regardless of religion, race, or creed to see all that the Boy Scouts have to offer.

Participants can take part in a huge assortment of activities; be it shooting air rifles, and shotguns; learning about conservation methods on the newly created Conservation Trail; taking part in the annual 5k run/walk, earning any of the 100 merit badges offered; water sports, including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, snorkeling and scuba, as well as a host of other activities.

Troop 701 also had the opportunity to participate in a Scout swap, where for one meal seven scouts from a Virginia Troop had dinner with Troop 701, and seven Troop 701 Scouts went and had dinner with the Virginia troop, giving both troops a chance to exchange stories and make new friends. The Jamboree gives many Scouts the opportunity to try things they couldn’t do at home.

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