We toured the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport on Wednesday on our way in to DC.
SR 71 Blackbird
The museum is home to an SR 71 Blackbird, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and hundreds of planes and helicopters from various eras.
Caleb and Samuel Smith surprised their brother Eli by joining us at the museum. Doug Fournet and Larry Thompson also joined us at Dulles.
We had an early wakeup at 2am Wednesday while the rest of the Summit was still sleeping. We had to take down the tents and dining flys and haul our gear to the pickup point at our subcamp headquarters.
We checked the radar when we awoke (something we have gotten very familiar with) and noticed a large thunderstorm bearing down on us. The boys kicked it into high gear and we “borrowed” a large staff tent near our pickup location to stage our gear. The last of the gear and boys made it to the tent just as the storm hit the camp at 3.45am.
Thanks to our teamwork the boys and our gear were able to stay dry through the storm. Our bus arrived at 5.30 and we quickly loaded up and were gone by 5.40.
Tuesday afternoon we started packing up to leave The Summit. We did it in stages to spread the load over a longer period of time.
After dinner, the boys all showered and had inspected their tents and gear.
After everyone was ready, Mr. Fournet treated the Troop to ice cream at the Good Humor stand in our subcamp.
C117 was scheduled to go through the Technology Quest exhibits Tuesday morning. Technology Quest is a collection of science and technology exhibits put on by companies like AT&T, Microsoft, and Lego as well as universities and organizations like NASA and National Geographic.
Alex Baumgartner and Tyler Guillentine were radio dj’s on the official Jamboree radio station, QBSA on Monday. They got to select three songs and talk in between the songs. The boys back at camp listened on streaming radio.
We’ve had a lot of rain the past 24 hours and our own campsite is a muddy mess. Several of the campsites at The Summit are in similar condition.
The camp staff and some volunteers came by Saturday and Sunday to dig trenches in our camp to help divert water.
They are also providing hay to help cover the ground.
The Jamboree fireworks show went off Sunday night after being postponed from Saturday due to weather. They shot off from the ridge right above our camp – we had he best view in the camp.
The Jamboree provided two birthday cakes with dinner Sunday night so we celebrated Clarke Bruneau and Andy Farrell’s birthdays since they are having birthdays while we are on the trip.
At first we thought we had way too much cake… Not sure why we thought that.
Sunday morning there were chapel services at the Summit Bechtel – 4 different services for different demoniations.
After the stadium show we were hit by a downpour around dinner time. It looks like we are going to have some rain the next couple of days.
Saturday was the big stadium show. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, but due to the weather forecast, it was moved to the afternoon.
There were several guests and speakers, including Mike Rowe from Discovery Channel (“Dirty Jobs”, “Deadliest Catch”). Mike is an Eagle Scout and he gave a great talk about Scouting and educating our youth.
Later, the rock group 3 Doors Down performed. They did a great job of and the boys really got into it.
You might be able to find the Mike Rowe and 3 Doors Down videos on YouTube.
Today the boys had curriculum day, which is the day they get to do an activity they selected for an extended period. Basically, it’s like a Disney Fast Pass for their selected activity.
There was a lot going on today. Archery, shooting sports, BMX, ropes, dutch oven cooking, ad mountain biking.
Wednesday we had an early 5am wakeup and a 7am pickup to head out for our day of service. We traveled 90 minutes to Welch, WV to a cemetery to perform some landscaping and painting.
Each Troop at The Jamboree will do a day of service during their stay. That’s over 35,000 scouts heading out to do helpful projects around West Virginia.
The 9 Counties surrounding The Summit have been preparing for the past three years for these service projects to help in much needed areas. It’s a great way for the boys to give back to the community that helped build The Summit for them.
At our project we painted several railings and cleared brush from the grounds of the cemetery. The cemetery had gravesites dating back to the mid-1800s and held the grave of the first pilot shot down in WWI.
Tuesday morning we attended the opening ceremony in the Summit Stadium. They introduced the Bechtel family who donated the land and much of the funding for the Summit.
Afterwards, the boys spread out across The Summit to take in the activities and sites.
The facilities here are first class. One of our Assistant Scoutmasters, Joel Stinnett, is working the rock climbing area and said they are using specially designed equipment that is better and safer than any he has seen before.
The Summit is a beautiful place and the grounds are amazing. Here are some shots from an evening walk around the lake.
The weather today was much hotter than expected – highs in the low nineties with no breeze and lots of humidity. While there are lots of trees, most of the camping areas are wide open fields with little shade.
Our camp site is about 20 minutes from the lake activities and rock climbing, but further from other areas of camp. Overall, we are in a fairly central location.
The boys had a busy day setting up camp and getting unpacked. We had to figure out how to pickup and prepare food, cleanup, shower, and trade patches. They did a fantastic job pulling together and taking care of everything.
Tomorrow morning we have the opening of ceremonies at The Summit Stadium.
Troop C117 arrived at Jamboree this morning. This is our new home for the next 9 days.
We arrived at Chickamauga National Battlefield this morning and watched a film about the battle. Our Park Ranger Chris gave us a very informative and passionate talk about the Civil War and it’s history in the region. Chattanooga was a pivotal battleground because of its significance as a rail and river trade route.
Please check out the Summit Blog for more information about the upcoming Jamboree! It has some great information for your Scout and you! Link to Summit Blog: http://www.summitblog.org/