Scouts are going wild at National Jamboree

Greenwich Boy Scouts show off some town pride as they prepared to join nearly 45,000 other Scouts and volunteers at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Greenwich Boy Scouts show off some town pride as they prepared to join nearly 45,000 other Scouts and volunteers at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Greenwich Boy Scouts and volunteers are going big and getting wild at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The trek to join nearly 45,000 other Scouts and volunteers began July 15 and will take place through July 24.

Located on a newly acquired, expansive 10,600 acres in West Virginia’s New River Gorge, the jamboree is embodying the theme “Go Big. Get Wild.” At the event, Scouts will participate in adventures including more than six miles of zip line challenge courses, 36 miles of mountain bike trails, 13 acres of shooting sports, as well as kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, skateboarding and BMX.

It will be a once in a lifetime experience for the 27 participating Greenwich Scouts, as the event only happens every four years, in addition to the fact that this is the inaugural event at the Summit. The Greenwich Jamboree contingency includes Elias Boyer, Joseph Carriero, James Cavataro, Dylan DeChiara, AJ DeGrado, William Freder, James Gordon, Ryan Hays, Jamie Heavey, Alexander Howland, JB Jackson, Luke Kaiser, Bryce Klair, Ben Langley, Javier Soto, Andrew Nanai, Alex Nanai, Eric Parker, Tim Peck, Jr., Xiare Person, James Plewniak, Joseph Schiro, Walter Stratton, Dario Volterra, Trevor Webb and Nicholas Matejak.

Greenwich Scouts will be led by Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey who is the Jamboree Troop Scoutmaster. Not only is the chief a longtime supporter of Greenwich Scouting he is an Eagle Scout himself. Joining Chief Heavey as Assistant Scoutmasters are Bill Gordon, a general contractor from Old Greenwich, and John Howland, president of the First Bank of Greenwich. All three of the leaders have sons who will be attending the Jamboree.

In addition to adventures and scouting camaraderie, Greenwich Scouts will enjoy exhibits, stadium shows with entertainment, service projects in the surrounding counties, and opportunities to work on merit badges during the 10-day event. Participants will camp out with friends, meet new people, experience high-adventure activities, learn new skills, enjoy the outdoors and have fun in an atmosphere of Scouting fellowship. Greenwich Scouting has sent a contingency to every Jamboree since the first National Jamboree in 1937.

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