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.
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.
Sunday morning there were chapel services at the Summit Bechtel – 4 different services for different demoniations.
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.