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.

Home Again, Home Again …

Thorne - Scoutmaster Sykuta waves featuredTodd asked if I would be writing one more Jambo update tonight. I hadn’t planned on it, but it seems fitting–or a habit by now–to sit down at the keyboard at the end of the day and share some thoughts. The big difference: tonight’s shower was not “ambient” and I’m sitting at the computer in the comfort of my home rather than on my cot!

It IS good to be home. Sure, the hot water in the shower is nice, as is the comfort of my own bed (in which I briefly lied down before deciding to write this). It’s good to be back in familiar surroundings with familiar smells–other than several-day-old wet teenage boys. And it’s good to know that, if it were to rain tonight, I don’t have to worry about stepping out of my room and getting wet and muddy on the way to the bathroom. But most of all, it is good to be home with family whom we haven’t seen for 12 days. And I could see just how happy the guys’ families were tonight to have the boys home.

But at the same time, I’m missing my family of the past two weeks. During that time, the guys of Troop C140 were a family of sorts. We grew together as we traveled cross-country; as we shared in meals and shared in conversations–especially our thorns and roses; as we worked together to accomplish our tasks, whether they be setting up camp, cooking, cleaning up, or our day of service; and as we endured the challenges of weather, long walks, and schedule changes. Many new friendships were forged and many memories made. And like any family, we had some issues along the way, but we got over them–at least enough to get through the trip without too much fret.

I feel very blessed for having had the opportunity to spend the past 12 days with this group of guys. I learned a lot about the guys and about myself. I got to see some wonderful examples of what Scouting is all about. I learned how to be a better Scoutmaster–at least I hope so–not just with C140 but with my home troop as well. I got to know some really exceptional young men and some outstanding adult leaders, and these guys helped me to grow as a leader, as a Scouter, and as a person.

I cannot express just how thankful I am for my ASM team. When you bring together four different adults with different Scouting backgrounds and their own perspectives, personalities and leadership attitudes, it often makes for some difficult adjustments as expectations and perspectives don’t always fit together easily. In all our planning over the past year and in the time we spent together the past two weeks, I cannot recall a time that we really had any “storming” in our adult leadership team. Todd, Hank and Brendan each brought tremendous skills, knowledge and experience with them and we complemented each other very well. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to work with or for better friends to be made.

So while I’m glad to be home–very glad, indeed–it’s not without some sense of missing my C140 family. The good thing is that we all have the opportunity to maintain our new friendships as we continue in our Scouting adventures. There are more camp outs to be experienced, more high adventure to be undertaken, and there’s no reason why this has to be the last time that any of our group shares in the journey on the Scouting trail.

I look forward to seeing these young men continue on their paths toward Eagle. I hope this Jamboree experience has rekindled or intensified their passion for Scouting and all it offers. And as I told several boys tonight as we parted, I look forward to receiving announcements for Eagle Courts of Honor in the coming months and years.

Thanks to David Thorne and Mike Dimond, our Council and Staff Jamboree Coordinators, for giving me this opportunity and for all their assistance in making this trip possible. Thanks to the office staff at the Great Rivers Council office for all their work in processing registrations, ordering supplies, handling inquiries, and taking care of all those administrative details. Thanks to Don, our driver, for being so gracious, diligent and friendly in his responsibilities. And most importantly, thanks to the families of my C140 family who made it possible for their sons–and husbands–to share in this experience.

God bless you all. See you on the Scouting trail!

Yours in Scouting,

Mike Sykuta

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

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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


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?


It’s All Over Except For The Packing

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Ron Kuenstler

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Ron Kuenstler

The 2013 National Jamboree is over. That is, except for the final packing.

Today the boys had a lot of different exciting activities. Four boys got up extra early to get in line for one of the zip lines, hoping to get a turn on the line before their white water rafting. Unfortunately, a lot of other boys seemed to have similar ideas about getting out early and after standing in line for a couple hours, our guys realized there was no way they could get through the zip line in time.

Most of Troop C140 spent the morning up at The Cloud, a STEM-based area with a lot of demonstrations and hands-on activities around science and technology. Many of the boys tried the dragon breath. No, that has nothing to do with not brushing their teeth all week (though I can’t promise they all did that regularly either). The dragon breath involved a graham cracker that had been soaked in liquid nitrogen. After eating the cracker, the boys blew smoke like a dragon. Some also compounded different concoctions, tried some electricity experiments, took part in a virus transmission simulation, and witnessed a pressurized water bomb. It was pretty cool.

About 17 of the boys headed to white water rafting at Noon, leaving 12 boys in camp for the afternoon. Three of those guys got to do the Big Zip. a 3,000′-plus long zip line from one ridge top, across Bravo Lake some 150′ below, and traveling up to 60 mph. The rest took in various activities or did some last minute shopping for souvenirs. The white water guys came back very pumped about their ride and the fun they had goofing off in the river.

Once everyone was back in camp we started the process of packing for home. Boys started cleaning out their tents, gathering all their personal items, cleaning out their tents, packing their duffle bags and backpacks, cleaning out their tents…you get the picture.

After an all-American dinner of hot dogs, chilli, macaroni salad and apple pie, the guys started the camp packing in earnest. The Invisible People had KP and worked extra duty to clean all the pots and pans, inside and out, to get ready for packing in the equipment boxes. All the cooking and kitchen equipment as well as the general camp supplies were loaded. The youth leaders decided to have all the boys pack up their cots, consolidate into 8 tents (from 15), and drop the remaining youth and supply tents. At present, we have 8 youth tents, 4 leaders’ tents and cots, and a dining fly to pack up in the morning. Adults’ alarms are set for 4AM so we can pack up our extra stuff. The boys will be up and moving by 4:30 to finish their packing.

We will marshal all our personal equipment to our subcamp headquarters by 7AM. Our bus driver is supposed to be allowed onto the property between 6:30 and 7:00, which should have him at Charlie 1 sometime not long after 7:00. We will load our gear, take our muddy and wet shoes off, and get on the bus.

Our plan is for a late-morning brunch in Lexington, KY, and a short dinner stop in Mt. Vernon, IL. We will have the boys start calling when we approach Wentzville to let parents know about when we should arrive in Kingdom City. The current plan is between 9:30 and 10:00.

The boys are ready for the trip home–and I’m pretty sure the adults are too. It has been a very fun Jamboree, despite the weather issues we dealt with. The boys all seem to have had a great time and made the most of the circumstances. But it’s been a long trip. Everyone is tired and some of the boys’ patience with one another can wear a bit thin. The guys are ready to be in their own beds and taking hot showers. Even after 9 days, I must say I still am not acclimated to these “ambient showers”.

So this is the last blog post on the last day of the inaugural National Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve. It has been a blessing to have the opportunity to share this experience with this group of boys and great team of adult leaders. But don’t take it personally when I say that I’m looking forward to you greeting your boys tomorrow night. 😉

Signing off from the 2013 Jamboree…good night, and good Scouting!


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


Check Out the Daily Video Newscast from Jamboree Today

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jambo Day 8 — SM Update

Today was our next-to-last day at Jamboree and the boys were all out looking for new opportunities and adventures around The Summit. The weather cooperated pretty well until the late afternoon, allowing the guys to get in a lot of different activities. A team took on the aquatic Wipe Out course (think the tv show) and went paddle boarding.

Photo Credit: BSA photo

Photo Credit: BSA photo

One dedicated and patient Scout waited in line almost all day to ride one of the Summit Center zip lines–something he says was a highlight of his trip. I wasn’t able to get a run-down on all the guys, but they all seemed to have had a good day by dinner time.

BSA Al Drago - Whitewater rafting

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Al Drago

Mr. Ruppar, Mr. Bagby, and I got to check out the white water rafting today. The section of river we covered had several Class II rapids and a lot of slower places that allowed us to get into the river and float along a bit. Our guys who do white water tomorrow will raft the next section of the river, which the guides indicated had a good Class III rapid on it. I’m sure they’re going to have a great time, judging by the responses of the boys who were on the river with us today.

As the afternoon drew to a close, we had a strong storm pop up. There was no lightning, but there were high winds and a lot of rain for a short while. Jacob and Conner got caught in the downpour as they were transporting our food supplies back from the base camp commissary. I wish I had a picture of the shocked look on Jacob’s face as he came under the dining fly. The rain broke long enough for us to get dinner cooked and cleaned up before another shower rolled through. Then the clouds parted as a beautiful full moon rose over the mountains.

The camp site is getting a little swampy with all the rain. Shoes and boots are muddy and wet. But the tents have stayed dry and the guys are making the most of it.

Tomorrow is our last day of Jamboree. The Scoutmasters and SPLs were briefed this evening on our check-out plans and procedures. We will begin packing up our camp supplies tomorrow afternoon and evening. Our departure time Wednesday is 7AM, so we aim to get as much of the camp broken down and packed back up before we go to bed so we have as little as possible to pack up in the wee hours of the morning.  But before that, we have another day of programs, white water rafting, and for three lucky guys, a ride down the Big Zip (weather permitting). It should be an exciting day and a great way to wrap up our Jamboree. Good night, all!

Daily Video Newscast from Jamboree Today, Monday, July 22, 2013

Check Out the Daily Video Newscast from Jamboree Today

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

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


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.


Check Out the Daily Video Newscast from Jamboree Today

2013 Jamboree Pictures and News, Day 6

Pictures and News About the Jamboree, Day 6

Stadium Show

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Tom Copeland

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Tom Copeland

The AT&T Summit Stadium was the place to be on Saturday afternoon, July 20, 2013.  Jamboree Today said “King, TV Star, and Bands Rock Jamboree Show.”

Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive, told the crowd he wanted three things from the Jamboree participants:

  1. Make some new friends;
  2. Learn some new things;
  3. and have fun.
Photo Credit: BSA photo by Tom Copeland

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Tom Copeland

It surely was easy to accomplish all three for the participants at the Stadium Show.  Although you’ll miss the sounds, smells, and sights, you could have watched the live stream or you can watch the recording on your own schedule!

Mike Rowe, (also in Scoutmaster Sykuta’s Day 6 daily update), admonished the crowd that:

  1. The Dirt Patrol is alive and well (look at Mike Rowe’s T-Shirt in the picture in Mike Sykuta’s update);
  2. A Scout is clean, but not afraid to get dirty;
  3. and work smart AND hard.

Mike Rowe said he did not want anyone to be “profoundly disconnected” from others OR work.

Rowe asked the Jamboree crowd to change the way the country thinks about skills and work, to understand the value of hard work, and to not be afraid to get dirty.

That message sounds much what I recall my parents communicating to me over 40 years ago.  It’s good to hear it again.  You might casually ask your son or daughter when they return home from the Jamboree what they thought of Mike Rowe mentioning “working smart AND hard.”

Check Out the Daily Video Newscast from Jamboree Today

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jambo Day 6 — SM Update

Wow! What a day!

We woke up to news that the schedule for the day had changed. Rather than a full day of high adventure activities and an evening show, the big Celebration of Scouting show was moved to the afternoon because a storm was forecast for the evening. The boys headed off in various directions to do more BMX, scuba, and other activities. They had a good morning. It was my day to stay in camp while the other adults went out to explore the Jamboree, so I made a cup of coffee, read a book, took a nap…the usual Scoutmaster duties.

In the afternoon we headed to the AT&T Summit Stadium for a fantastic show. For the pre-show entertainment, the Jamboree Band performed and the grand champion and runner up of the Scouts Got Talent competition performed (a really good piano player and a dancer, respectively). A teen female artist, Sarah Centeno, came on stage and the boys really enjoyed her set.

Jamboree Today photo by Daniel M. Reck

Jamboree Today photo by Daniel M. Reck

And then the real show began. After some introductory comments, including Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav, special guest Mike Rowe came on stage as an encore from his 2010 Jamboree appearance and gave an excellent talk! The boys were really pumped and Rowe gave some great advice to the boys about being clean but not afraid to get dirty, and remembering to stay connected–with other people, with the environment, with what’s going on in the world. Then finally, the entertainment highlight brought 3 Doors Down to the stage. They had the place rockin’! And judging by the guys’ responses and some of the Facebook posts I’ve seen, the boys were really amped by 3DD’s performance.

Following the show we headed back to our campsite quickly. The Jamboree weather forecasters called it right. Dark clouds started rolling in just as the show concluded. Our cooking patrol took off for the commissary to pick up our dinner and got back to camp just before the rain started. Then the sky let loose. The dinner consisted of turkey and cheese sandwiches that hadn’t fully thawed along with the usual camp sides (a Nutrigrain bar, some granola, some fruit snacks, and apples). We had our dinner conversation under the dining fly while the wind and rain picked up. I finally decided to head to my tent to ride out the storm and promptly fell asleep. Four hours of sitting on a sunny hillside has a way of draining the batteries.

The rain passed and I could hear the bustle of boys picking up outside. I eventually roused myself from the cot as the boys were getting into their tents. A near-full moon fills the sky and it’s almost a bit chilly. The frogs are singing again. Here’s hoping to an otherwise quiet night.

Tomorrow there will be activity programs in the afternoon in addition to the big Jambo-palooza. C140 has invited boys from St. Louis troops C109 and C146 to join us in a huge chess match against Scouts from the Western L.A. Council to promote the chess merit badge. Our Council Scout Executive, Doug Callahan, and Asst. Scout Executive John Fabsits will be here along with special guest Jeanne Sinquefield, who helped create the BSA Chess merit badge. The boys have been looking forward to participating in a life-size chess tournament, where the scouts will play the part of the chess pieces as well as playing games against other scouts. It should be an exciting addition to all the other Jambo programs.

The boys are already starting to look at Wednesday on the near horizon with a mixture of anticipation and regret. It’s difficult to believe there are only a few more days of Jamboree. But we’re going to make the most of them!

Time Change of Saturday Stadium Show at Jamboree

Note the Time Change of Stadium Show for Saturday, July 20, 2013

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Todd Punch

Photo Credit: BSA photo by Todd Punch

The Pre-Show now begins at 3:00 p.m. ET and the Show will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET.

Watch the Live Stream

You can watch the live stream of the Stadium Show on

More information about the July 20, 2013 Stadium Show is on the Blog of Scouting Magazine.


Jambo Day 5 — SM Update

Today we hiked to the summit of The Summit. We were up extra-early as the Invisible People patrol(youngest guys) got up to prepare a breakfast of french toast and bacon. (There are only three hot breakfasts during our 10 days, and two of them were on days we had early starts. Let’s just say getting up early for a hearty breakfast builds character.) Shortly after 7AM, we headed out with our OA guide for Garden Ground Mountain. We first hiked to Base Camp Alpha and the trail head to the summit. That’s roughly a 1.5 mile hike. We then hiked about 3.5 miles up to the summit from there.

The program at the top included a variety of activities, from board games and fields sports to Scottish-style highland games to a “buckskin village” that included black-powder guns and tomahawk throwing to a “pioneering company” with an array of pioneering craft to an OA Indian village and dance team kiva to a replica of an early BSA summer cam1000214_10151495323851759_823642211_np. The summit is also where the Council fire ring that David wrote about is located. In addition to all the activities, there is also a beautiful scenic overlook of the SBR below, particularly of Base Camp Alpha.

We arrived at the top shortly before 10AM. The boys explored some of the programs, but after a couple hours we were interrupted by another mid-day thunderstorm that caused us to follow Safe Scouting guidelines and get the boys out of the open fields on the ridge line. After getting the boys all rounded up and waiting to see how the storm developed, we decided to just hike down the mountain rather than stay hunkered down for a long time on the trails below the summit ridge.

We did end up getting a little wet on the hike back down, but the boys were in great spirits and the light rain actually felt very refreshing. When we rolled back into camp, most of the boys wanted to rest their feet, but a few had other plans in mind including a trip to the trading post and–of course–some more patch trading. We had another storm roll in shortly after our dinner and we had a gentle rain through much of the evening. But now the boys are in their tents; the leaders have debriefed, showered, and gone to bed; and the frogs are singing. Tomorrow is an open activity day for the boys. Many have plans to hit different program areas, including scuba. And tomorrow night is the big Celebration of Scouting at the AT&T Summit Stadium which is supposed to include a huge fireworks display. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we’ll have a great Saturday at the Jamboree.

2013 Jamboree Pictures and News, Day 5

Pictures and News About the Jamboree, Day 5

Garden Ground Mountain Hike

Jamboree Troop D402 from Circle Ten Council hiked to the Garden Ground summit on July 17.  Their webpage has a great selection of images including one of the Council fire ring with the beginning collection of rocks.

Jamboree Band

Did you know there is a Jamboree Band?  Here is an article in the Scouting Magazine Blog about the band playing in Charleston, WV.

Check Out the Daily Video Newscast from Jamboree Today

Friday, July 19, 2013

Evan Crowley, Hometown News Correspondent

 Jamboree Journal, Columbia Daily Tribune

Evan Crowley signed up to be a hometown news correspondent for the Columbia Daily Tribune. See his first published article on their website and look for more from Evan’s perspective.

His Jamboree Journal is in the Blog section on the Tribune webpage.

More information on the Hometown News Correspondent opportunity is on the Scouting Magazine Blog.

Evan’s First Article, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Evan Crowley, Columbia Daily TribuneEvan’s first article begins:

I’m Evan Crowley with Troop C140 at the National Boy Scout Jamboree near Beckley, W.Va. I am 13 years old and will be conducting interviews and writing articles about the jamboree and covering the activities here. One of the activities I’m looking forward to the most is whitewater rafting.   I am also looking forward to archery.

We left from Columbia…