Fifty-thousand Boy Scouts Arrive at Ft. AP Hill for 100th Anniversary Jamboree
Almost 50 thousand boy scouts are packed into Ft. AP Hill for this year’s Boy Scout National Jamboree…and as Charles Fishburne reports, safety and security are a top priority in the huge gathering, that is the size of Virginia’s 9th largest city
Even though the temperature has dropped a few degrees, Scout leaders are taking no chances.
Dries: I'm looking at two young men walk by me right now, both diligently have their water bottles in hand and their hats on their heads.
Bob Dries, Chairman of National News and Media, says scouts will be carefully monitored and ice and water is readily available.
Dries: Fire hydrants have been rigged to make them into large water fountains.
Tent poles are wooden and power lines are protected.
Dries: They've taken steps to avoid the tragedy that we experienced in 2005.
It will be the last Jamboree at AP Hill; they are building a new camp in the New River Gorge in West Virginia, with more space and more adventure for a video game generation no longer enamored with a simple night in the woods.
Dries: This new tract of land in West Virginia will be mountain climbing and rappelling and whitewater rafting.
But as the Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years, some things remain the same.
Dries: It's essentially to create future leaders and good citizens.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News