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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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…

Why is Troop C140 Carrying a Rock at the Jamboree?

It’s a Rock from Missouri and the Great Rivers Council

Troop C140 is carrying a rock that has been tumbled and shaped by the waters moving overland into the Missouri River.  The rock has the Council’s name and number sandblasted into the face.  Someone, or several individuals of the Troop, will carry the rock up to the summit of Garden Ground Mountain when they hike on Friday, July 19, 2013.

Summit Fire Ring

The rock will then be used, together with the rocks from other Councils, to construct a fire ring on the summit.

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Jamboree Troop C140 Day of Service in the News

Making a Difference Through a Day of Service

Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop C140 completed a day of service at Ghent Elementary School on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.  They spread mulch, pulled weeds, and set up signs along a nature trail behind the school.

Scoutmaster Sykuta is quoted in the local news article saying

…doing a good turn for the community, 5 days of the Jamboree there’s going to be thousands of scouts all around West Virginia doing just little projects like this that makes a big difference…

Click here for the link.

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Jambo Day 3 — SM Update

Today was our Messengers of Peace Day of Service. C140 was assigned to report to the buses at 8AM and we actually arrived a bit early. But even with just 8,000 people going out on DOS today there were long lines waiting for OA guides and buses to get us to our service project. We boarded a bus for an unknown destination, handed the driver a GPS tracking device for our Unit, and received a packet with instructions for our day.

Ghent Elementary School for our Day of Service

Ghent Elementary School for our Day of Service

We ended up being assigned to Ghent Elementary School, which services about 250 kids from pre-K to 5th grade.

The playground needed mulch and their nature trail needed some new signs (which had been made by their Cub Scouts) to mark trees for identification. (It was nice having a forester–ASM Hank Stelzer– in our group!)  The boys got all the  mulch spread around the school, cleaned up the nature trail, and posted new signs for over a dozen trees.

In the process, we made new friends with staff and volunteers from the school who shared with us some history of the Winding Gulf coal region of West Virginia. They also shared some delicious watermelon to cool off after we finished our work. The boys seemed to appreciate the opportunity to help the people of the community and the importance of the work we did both for the kids of the school and the environment.

1003006_10151491501941759_124013974_n  We headed back to camp and were able to get dinner cooked before a brief thunderstorm blew in. The boys seem to be having a pretty good time, but they are excited to hit the program areas tomorrow.  It will certainly be a big day!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013: Opening Show!

Day 2 of the Jamboree

Photo Credit: QBSA

Photo Credit: QBSA

On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, the Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop C140 will walk to the Opening Show and hear the official welcome to the Jamboree.

Then, it’s off to adventure and activities.

Today’s Goals

Opening show.  Drink more water.  Try out activities!  Drink more water.  Patch trading!  Drink more water.  Do you see the pattern for success?

Photo Credit:  QBSA

Photo Credit: QBSA

Jamboree Troop C140 At the Air Force Museum

Air Force Museum

Jamboree Troop C140 at the Air Force MuseumScoutmaster Sykuta reports from the Air Force Museum:

IMAX and an awesome history of military flight and 20th Century world history. Found the plane flown by a friend’s dad in WW II.

3D Digital Theater at the Museum

 Jamboree Troop C140 in the 3D Digital Theater at the Air Force MuseumThe scheduled showing in the theater was Air Racers 3D The Ultimate Air Show Experience.

Sunday, July 14, 2013: Tour Air Force Museum and Travel

Day 2 of Travel to the Jamboree:  Tour Air Force Museum

National Museum of the United States Air ForceOn Sunday, July 14, 2013 the Great Rivers Council Jamboree Troop C140 toured the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH and then traveled closer to the Jamboree location at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

 Air-Force-Museum-Cold-War-GalleryThe Air Force museum is the national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story.  There are more than 360 aerospace vehicles on display and more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space.

3D Digital Theater

Air-Force-MuseumTheater-bannerDuring the museum tour, the Troop viewed a movie on the 80-foot screen of the newly renovated digital movie theater.

 Travel, Supper, and Lodging

Mr-Ruppar-leaps-aboardThen, back on the bus for travel closer to the Jamboree.  Pizza is planned for supper and overnight lodging will be at a Hampton Inn.

All aboard!