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Local scouts heading to national jamboree

John Hefner
Johnson Lane Journal

July 12th marks a special day! Our own Boy Scout Troop 33 departed for the 2017 National Jamboree. If you were once a Boy Scout you can appreciate the significance of this trip. The National Jamboree is like the Olympics of Boy Scouting. It is only held once every four years, and more than 40,000 scouts and adult leaders are participating this year. It offers a Boy Scout unprecedented experiences that are unique to Scouting.

The Jamboree, or "Jambo" for short, is held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The Jambo runs for 10 days and scouts must be 12 years of age to attend (or 11 years and have graduated from sixth grade). Scouts get to participate in a wide range of activities including white water rafting, zip lining, ATV course and shooting ranges. There are far too many activities and shows to mention here. Troop 33 left a bit early this year as they are going to take advantage of being on the East Coast. Troop 33 is visiting many historical locations just prior to the start of Jambo including New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.

Any scouts that were too young or not able to attend Jambo went to Camp Marin Sierra. This is another great location just off Highway 20 on the way to Nevada City, Calif. While at summer camp, the scouts participate in similar activities to Jambo and work on rank advancement and merit badges. There are several campwide competitions and awards at the end of camp. It is a very special experience that each scout should enjoy.

What I do know is that when I was a scout over 45 years ago, I would have loved to have gone to Jambo. Admittedly, I am more than a bit jealous! We live through our kids, and we live to see the smiles on their faces. We sacrifice so they can enjoy these experiences. I feel fortunate that we are able to provide great memories for these wonderful group of scouts.

Troop 33 currently is led by what I call the quintessential Boy Scout Leader. Ken Kruse is that leader. Ken has guided this troop to success during this time as the Troop Scout Master. He is well recognized in the scouting community and we are very lucky that he has been there to develop Troop 33.

This trip will be the Capstone for Ken as Scout Master as he will be stepping down shortly after they return. His successor will be Greg Taylor, who is another great leader. He was the Pack Leader for Pack 33 for many years and he is uniquely equipped to take over the reins of the Troop.

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If you have a young man in your family, I highly recommend you consider allowing them to join either the Cub Scouts of Pack 33 or the Boy Scouts of Troop 33. The things they will experience are so beneficial to a young man's growth into manhood. You can go to http://www.carsonvalleycarsoncitynvtroop33.com/ to see what the scouts are up to and what the program has to offer your young man.

The next time you see a scout at your door selling popcorn or some other fundraiser, please remember these trips are expensive. Those fundraisers provide a great deal of assistance to sending the scout to the camp and providing for supplies for camping trips and their adventures.

Congratulations to all the Scouts of Troop 33 for having a very successful year. I hope you create wonderful memories that will follow you all the days of your lives!

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