I’ve linked this article from the Register-Herald to help describe the kick-0ff of BSA’s National Jamboree for 2013. If you’ve never been involved in a Jamboree, it’s very difficult to imagine the logistics involved and the sheer size of the event which lasts ten days. From the article:
Today, 40,000 Scouts and staff members are introduced to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia as the 2013 National Scout Jamboree gets under way near Mount Hope. It is the first Jamboree ever to be held in West Virginia.
Beginning at 5 a.m. and continuing for roughly 12 hours, 100 motor coaches per hour are expected to queue up at an enormous parking lot in Bradley, spilling Boy Scouts from Kodiak, Alaska, Weeki Wachi, Fla., Neptune, N.J., and thousands of other communities across the country.
Together, they will form the fastest growing city in the U.S., with a post office, a fire department, and a newspaper all its own.
If you’re interested in keeping tabs on what’s happening during the Jamboree, or gaining a small window on what it’s like to be there (without leaving home), then here are some tips:
- The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve’s Facebook feed is available at www.facebook.com/TheBechtelSummit. There, you can check out photos and see what Scouts and their families from across the nation are saying about the event.
- A Flickr photo stream at http://www.flickr.com /photos/boyscoutsofamerica also provides an inside look at Summit activities this week. Already, hundreds of images have been posted as staff make final site preparations.
- Scouts themselves will be reporting on the Jamboree at summitblog.org, tweeting at @BechtelSummit, and Instagramming at “bechtelsummit.”
- The #2013Jambo hashtag is being used for Twitter and Instagram posts.
- Perhaps the most intimate way to keep up with the Jamboree is through a special Internet-streaming radio station, QBSA The Eagle. QBSA is “the voice of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree,” broadcasting information and entertainment 24 hours a day. Already, the station’s DJ is announcing that “The Eagle has landed at the Summit.” A morning show runs from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and Scouts will air 15-minute broadcasts throughout the day. The opening and closing Jamboree shows, along with special events, will also be aired. An app for streaming is available by visiting tunein.com and searching for QBSA.