Jambo Day 7 — SM Update

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Al Drago

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Al Drago

A Scout is reverent. That’s the 12th point of the Scout Law. The guys of C140 honored that point by attending worship services this morning–and sitting in the rain for a good part of the service.

We had boys attend three of the larger religious observances (LDS, Protestant and Roman Catholic), all of which were held at the AT&T Summit Stadium. The grey morning skies didn’t disappoint in dropping their moisture on the crowds gathered on the hillside of the stadium for worship. But then, how many United Methodist pastors can claim to have over 10,000 people baptized in one service!

The rains lingered through much of the day, coming and going with brief showers, but it wasn’t enough to interrupt the activities of the Jamboree. Many of the high adventure areas were open to make up for yesterday’s schedule change. There were special activities all over the Summit Center, including a 24’x24′ chess board on which the guys got to play the parts of different pieces in a recreation of a famous chess match. Several side games of chess ensued and Henry participated in a chess tournament. (We’re still waiting to hear the final results of the tournament.) Our Scout Executive and guests were not able to get to West Virginia due to some plane difficulties and the Scouts from California didn’t represent, but the Great Rivers Scouts and several from the Greater St. Louis Area Council did Missouri proud.

Otherwise, boys were all over the Summit today doing various activities. Several did some shopping for souvenirs. Several visited the many information tents and displays for different programs and vendors. Some got into the batting cages. It was a day of kicking around and taking in some of the different experiences the Jamboree offers. And yes, some traded more patches. Thanks to my youngest, I now own the full Lincoln Trails Council set–my home Council where I earned my Eagle.

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Trey Spivey

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Trey Spivey

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Greg Crenshaw

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Greg Crenshaw

This evening, the clouds cleared just enough for us to enjoy one of the best fireworks displays I’ve seen in a LLLLOOOONNNNGGGG time. All the Jambo participants watched from their camp site areas as the fireworks were launched from the hill in the middle of the six base camps, so everyone had spectacular views! It was awesome!

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Trey Spivey

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Trey Spivey

Only two more days of the Jamboree. Tomorrow is a free day for the boys to do whatever programs they can. Three of our adult leaders have seats on the white water tomorrow–but adults ride “stand-by’ so we don’t know for sure when we go. We’ll be able to report back for the boys who are going on Tuesday (and for you!) tomorrow evening.

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Edward Bronson

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Edward Bronson

The persistent rain can dampen some spirits, but the boys have been very resilient in making the most of their experience and having lots of fun. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Good night, Jambo!

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Trey Spivey

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Trey Spivey