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.