Boy Scout Jamboree: The Scouting Adventure of a Lifetime

Joseph Stassi, Boy Scout Troop 1528

When I first heard about the 2010 National Scout Jamboree I knew that it would be big, but it wasn’t until I actually arrived that I realized just how huge and amazing the National Scout Jamboree is.

It has been a long time since the day I signed up for Jamboree.  Over one year ago, because there is so much planning and hard work that goes in the event it takes a lot of time.  Getting ready took a long time as well. We were required to have many different items for Jamboree.  Another requirement was the rank of First Class.  When we had all that we needed and Jamboree was only a couple of weeks away I’m sure that everyone was very excited for the trip.

There is a lot of planning and work to do before the National Scout Jamboree, but there is also the pre-Jamboree tour.  Istrouma Area Council’s five troops, including troops 1528, 1529, 1530, 1531, and troop 1532 toured together before Jamboree. On the  night before we left we stayed at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The next morning we left for New Orleans on a charter bus.  Once we got on the train, which was and Amtrak, we all knew we were finally on our way. The train ride took around 28 hours and it took us to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The tour in Philadelphia was very interesting. We saw the Liberty Bell, the longest occupied residential alley in America, known as Elfreth’s Alley, and more.

After our Philadelphia tour our troops rode a bus to Washington DC.  In DC we saw Ford’s Theatre, the White House, The Capital building and many more famous memorials.

Now it is the day Jamboree starts.  We take buses to Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.  When we arrive we go through many security checks, and then we are on our way to camp. It is huge!  Just our region holds thousands of Scouts and hundreds of tents.  But we do not have much time to explore, because soon we are unloading the large truck that brought up all of our gear. Even with nearly 200 people it took over an hour before it was all unloaded.

Then came set-up. We set-up tents, dining flies, gateways, and more. A few hours later everything was set-up. When I looked out around me all I could see were the tops of all of the tents. There were so many that in some places I couldn’t even see the ground.  Now the 2010 National Scout Jamboree has started.

On the first day I got to see the real size of Jamboree. I started off by taking a bus to the Windjammer sailboats with Connor Nickens from troop 1528, home troop 65 in Gonzales. We sailed for a while then decided to go kayaking. We started on a trail and suddenly we had no idea where we were. By then we were lost but luckily we found somewhere to eat.

After we ate we left to find kayaking.  Soon Connor and I were even more lost than before.  Luckily we finally found someone who knew where to go. We discovered kayaking was very far away and decided to go another day.  A while later we found a trading post and decided to trade patches with the people there. We traded patches and then started back to camp.

We made it back to camp after about a mile walk.  We had met many people from many different places and we got lots of cool patches. By the end of the first day we could tell we were going to have a lot of fun.