Planning for the 2017 Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop

Jambo Banner - Action 300x600Even though the Jamboree seems way into the future, nearly two years away, there are many, many details to be considered and arranged.  The Great Rivers Council Jamboree Planning Committee is already at work to support the Council Troop.

The most important question is, are you planning to attend?

David Crane of Fulton Selected as Scoutmaster

The Jamboree Planning Committee met recently and confirmed the selection of David Crane of Fulton as the Scoutmaster for the 2017 Jamboree Troop.  Congratulations!

More Planning

The Planning Committee, led by Mike Sykuta as chair, will continue to meet with Scoutmaster Crane to prepare an information fact sheet, registration forms, and to start the arrangements for the Troop to have an extraordinary experience.

Here is information about the Jamboree theme and logo for 2017.

And here is a “starting page” for parents of Jamboree participants.

Get ready to “live Scouting’s adventure!”

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2010 Jamboree Scoutmaster Ed Easterling, Servant Leader

Dr. Ed Easterling died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  He served as the Great Rivers Council Jamboree Scoutmaster for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.  Funeral arrangements are at the Pickering Funeral Home in Mexico, MO.  An obituary is in the Columbia Daily Tribune on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

Servant Leader

I remember Ed as a servant leader.  He put others first and helped them grow as individuals.  He demonstrated through his actions all of the principles important to servant leadership, including:2010 Scoutmaster Ed Easterling arriving home

  • listening;
  • empathy;
  • healing;
  • awareness;
  • persuasion;
  • conceptualization;
  • foresight;
  • stewardship;
  • commitment;
  • and community.

He served on the Council’s Jamboree Planning Committee beginning with the planning tasks for the 2010 Jamboree, led the Troop as Scoutmaster to attend and experience the 2010 Jamboree, and continued to serve on the planning committee for the 2013 Jamboree.

I greatly appreciate Ed and his cheerful smile.  It was a privilege to know and work with him.  He was an outstanding individual and leader.

Best-in-Class Transportation from White Knight, Columbia, MO

Cool and Safe Travel

The Great Rivers Council 2013 Jamboree Troop C140 greatly appreciates their bus coach driver Don and the cool transportation contracted through White Knight of Columbia, MO!

Thanks Don!

White Knight Driver Don

White Knight Setra 2013 Jamboree

White Knight Setra 2013 leaving

Great Rivers Council 2013 Jamboree Troop C140 Participants

The Participants of Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop C140

2013 Jamboree Troop C140

Great Rivers Council 2013 Jamboree Troop C140

The Alpha Patrol

2013 Troop C140 Alpha Patrol

2013 Jamboree Troop C140 Alpha Patrol

The Hazardous Patrol

2013 Troop C140 Hazardous Patrol

2013 Jamboree Troop C140 Hazardous Patrol

The Invisible People Patrol

2013 Troop C140 Invisible People Patrol

2013 Jamboree Troop C140 Invisible People Patrol

Youth Leadership

2013 Troop C140 Leadership Youth

2013 Jamboree Troop C140 Youth Leadership

Adult Leadership

2013 Troop C140 Leadership Adults

2013 Jamboree Troop C140 Adult Leadership

For Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop C140, It’s Not the End, It’s the Beginning

It’s Not the End, It’s the Beginning of a Lifetime

PreparedForLife-fleur-de-lis-logoThe mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Experiences for young men and women through the Scouting program, like the 2013 Jamboree, help accomplish the vision of Scouting to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

For those of you that were in the Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop C140, I hope you have many once-in-a-lifetime memories from the Jamboree experience.  Combine the memories, experiences, and newly forged friendships and surely it’s not the end, it’s the beginning of a lifetime of new opportunities.

Great Rivers Council 2013 Jamboree Troop C140

Great Rivers Council 2013 Jamboree Troop C140

Best-in-Class

The 2013 Jamboree experience was designed as a world-class program that included many opportunities for diverse, intense, and high-energy experiences.

Yet even the best program requires the persistent effort of youth and adult leaders, and the parents and families of participants and leaders, to support the activities.  A best-in-class program requires the best people to make it real.

Thank You

I offer my most sincere thank you to the parents and families of the youth and adult participants of Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop C140.  Without your assistance and encouragement, no one in Troop C140 would have been able to attend the Jamboree.

I also thank the adult leaders.  Mike, Todd, Hank, and Brendan provided outstanding service to others through their leadership and actions.

I thank the thousands of volunteers and Scout professionals who worked to plan and implement the Jamboree experience at The Summit.

And the success of the Jamboree Troop requires the support of the Council professionals and staff, the planning committee that began making arrangements over two years ago, and the many providers of transportation, lodging, and equipment that is necessary for the Troop to attend.  I thank you all and ask, are you ready to start for the 2017 Jamboree?

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2013 Jamboree Pictures and News, Day 9

Pictures and News About the Jamboree, Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Greg Crenshaw

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Greg Crenshaw

The Big Zip

A highlight of the extraordinary experiences at the Jamboree, and the ongoing high-adventure opportunities at The Summit Bechtel Reserve, are the Zip Lines.

Bonsai Designs was chosen as a “best-in-class” provider to design and construct the many Zip Lines at The Summit site.

2 Big Zip Rides

  • One “Big Zip” spans a distance of over 3,000 feet, with 5 side-by-side zip lines;
  • The second Big Zip involves 10 zip lines, splitting equally from a top launch tower and spanning over 1,000 feet to two separate landing platforms (the launch is at the back of the Stadium);
  • The launch and landing platforms are all custom-designed;
  • Together, the Big Zip rides can host almost 1,400 participants in an 8-hour day;
  • It is projected that 9,720 people will experience the Big Zip Rides during the 2013 Jamboree.

Canopy Tour Zips

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Shane Noem

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Shane Noem

The Canopy Tour opportunities (that use zip lines as part of the tour in the trees) will provide:

  • 3.5 miles of aerial adventure, using almost 15 miles of cable;
  • 12 Canopy Tours, with 60 individual zip lines, that can host over 1,200 participants in an 8-hour day;
  • It is projected that 13,968 people will experience a canopy tour during the 2013 Jamboree.

Ready to Try It?

If you can’t experience the Zip Line yourself, try these videos to get a feeling of what the Zips are about:

Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive, Does the Zip

Jamboree Today Zip Line Video

Bonsai Designs Turns Plans Into Off-the-Chart Fun

 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Monday, July 22, 2013

2013 Jamboree Pictures and News, Day 8

Pictures and News About the Jamboree, Monday, July 22, 2013

Be Extraordinary

Is there a normal day at the 2013 Jamboree?  From what I’ve seen from news, images, and heard from the Scoutmaster reports, I don’t believe there is a normal day.

As all the participants consider what to do before the last day on Tuesday, every day must be extraordinary!  Here are three examples of extraordinary at the 2013 Jamboree that caught my attention:

  1. “The Rocks” (with the “Leap of Faith),” the largest outdoor man-made climbing structure in the world;
  2. “The Park,” a 10,000 square-foot skateboarding area, and the second-largest outdoor skate park in the world;
  3. “The Ropes,” an elevated challenge course.

1.  “The Rocks” and the “Leap of Faith”

Photo Credit: BSA photo

Photo Credit: BSA photo

I think the Leap of Faith is one of the coolest events I’ve ever seen.  Using a self-belaying device, the participant leaps off a platform and descends while traveling along a short cable line.

Eldorado Climbing Walls built The Rocks climbing structure.  Watch at about 56 seconds into the following video for the Leap of Faith:

The video from the Stadium Show also shows Scouts on the “Leap of Faith” soon into the video:

The world’s largest climbing structure has:

  • The “Leap of Faith,” where participants leap into the air from a height of 32 feet and are safely lowered to the ground by the TRUBLUE Auto Belay;
  • Two rappelling towers with a total of 36 rappelling stations at a height of 32 feet (6 stations are dedicated “leap of faith” stations);
  • Three climbing fins with 68 manual belay stations at heights from 21-30 feet;
  • Two climbing fins with 33 TRUBLUE Auto Belay stations at heights from 25-35 feet;
  • One 25-foot high climbing fin with 8 climbing stations (6 manual, 2 auto-belay);
  • Six freestanding boulders with over 50 stations and an average height of ten feet.

The Boulder Cove area incorporates over 280 linear feet of rock climbing walls ranging for 19’ to 36’ in height, including:

  • 12 TRUBLUE Auto Belay backed up rappel stations;
  • 72’ linear foot rappel deck;
  • 25 TRUBLUE Auto Belay backed up climbing stations;
  • Three distinct boulders averaging 13’ in height.

Extraordinary at the Jamboree, times 1.

2.  “The Park,” Skateboarding

Jamboree Today quotes the designer of the skate park:  “The Park is the size of an aircraft carrier and is ranked No. 2 in the world for outdoor skate facilities,” says Aaron Spohn, founder of Spohn Ranch Skateparks.

The manager of “The Park,” Ed Wolf, was quoted in the Beckley, WV Register-Herald to say “We have 583 skateboards, 1,030 pads and 1,500 helmets…”

Watch some of the staff at the park on YouTube:

Extraordinary at the Jamboree, times 2.

3.  “The Ropes” Challenge Course

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Tom Copeland

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Tom Copeland

In Jamboree Today, the challenge course at The Ropes is described as “Fifty feet above the ground, with a only a thin cable beneath his or her feet, balance ropes barely in reach, with just a safety harness to calm the nerves, each Scout’s or Venturer’s task is simple: Just make it across to the next platform.”

Photo Credit: BSA photo

Photo Credit: BSA photo

Photo Credit: BSA photo

Photo Credit: BSA photo

Extraordinary at the Jamboree, times 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Fireworks from the 2013 Jamboree

Can’t Resist More Fireworks

These are the best firework images that I’ve ever seen.  Troop C140 was there to see and hear the excitement!

And another YouTube video of the finale:

 

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Shane Noem

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Shane Noem

 

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Shane Noem

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Shane Noem

2013 Jamboree Pictures and News, Day 7

Pictures and News About the Jamboree, Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mike Rowe at the Stadium Show

View Mike Rowe from the Saturday Stadium Show on Scouting Magazine’s YouTube Channel:

 

Sunday Religious Services

A Scout Is…Reverent.

Photo Credit: Jamboree Today

Photo Credit: Jamboree Today

When I attended the Jamboree in 1997 and 2001, I was always impressed with the variety of religious services and the huge scale of attendance.  A Scout also had the opportunity to visit a service different from their own faith.  Jamboree Today had the list of religious services for Sunday, July 21, 2013 and a map of the locations.

Beach Ball Record Attempt

Photo Credit: Scouting Magazine

Photo Credit: Scouting Magazine

A Scout Has…Fun.

On Sunday, in the AT&T Summit Stadium, Scouts (how’s that for words in a row with the same beginning letter…) attempted to break the world record for the most people keeping beach balls in the air.  The current record, 14,993, was set in Spain in 2012.

Photo Credit: Scouting Magazine

Photo Credit: Scouting Magazine

Scouting Magazine has more information and images.

Watch the following video about the beach ball record attempt from Scouting Magazine on YouTube.

 

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