For more than the past week, my son and his Boy Scout Troop 3127 with the Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council have been at the 2017 National Jamboree! There are 33 scouts in his troop, and 3 scout leaders. My son is a member of the second council contingent troop for our council; there is another troop with approximately the same number of people attending Jamboree, as well.
My son at the Summit Bechtel Reserve – 2017 National Jamboree, July 24, 2017
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience people from around the country, including many international scouters from around the world, who have come to the National Jamboree!
I had the pleasure of visiting my son at the 2017 National Jamboree, held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, near Beckley this week.
While I had to leave early on Monday due to President Trump’s visit and speech at the National Jamboree, I visited all day on Tuesday.
It was a wonderful experience to visit my son at the 2017 National Jamboree, and walk around (lots of walking!) the area, enjoying various exhibits, meeting people, and trading patches.
I especially appreciate the presence of the West Virginia State Police and Fayetteville Sheriffs in and around the 2017 National Jamboree. It was great to observe the many police and sheriffs stationed around the area, for everyone’s safety and protection.
On Monday, my son heard President Trump’s speech, after lining up to enter the speech/arena area with his troop at around 1:00 PM. It was an all-afternoon wait to hear Trump talk – and while his speech was controversial for some, he did have many good things to say to the scouts.
On Tuesday, my son and I spent most of the day on Freedom Trail where the military and police exhibits are located. My son really enjoyed participating in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy simulation experiences. He also received patches from military personnel, there, as well.
While there was much walking, it was pleasant to talk with many fellow scouters at the 2017 National Jamboree!
We spoke with many kind folks at different areas, including the National Eagle Scout Association Tent (where we also saw Regis the bald eagle); William T. Hornaday Award Tent; Commissioner’s Tent; and others.
My son also earned a merit badge in mining – right there in coal mining country! And, he earned a religious award, a scouting award, and attended both a worship service and a mass on Sunday. He has also spent time enjoying the Sustainability Tree House.
Yesterday, my son participated with his troop on a hiking trek up Garden Ground Mountain. Last Friday, his troop completed a Day of Service by painting three picnic pavilions at a local park. He has been keeping busy!
There is so much to do and see, and so little time at the 2017 National Jamboree. I’m happy for the opportunity that my son and I have had to be at there! I had a great time!