Editor's note: Sean McFeely is a Boy Scout and a member of Troop 57 in Orinda. This is a report from this year's Jamboree, being held in West Virginia, and he will file another report for the July 26 edition of the Sun.
From July 15 through July 24, more than 30,000 Boy Scouts are camping at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, participants in the 2013 Boy Scout National Jamboree.
The Mount Diablo Silverado Council, which stretches from Clear Lake to Danville, sent 80 representatives, many among them from Lamorinda.
The Jamboree is an event held every four years where Scouts around the nation come together to camp and have fun. This year the Jamboree is being held in West Virginia in a new 10,000-acre location near the New River Gorge.
At the Jamboree, Scouts have the opportunity to participate in an assortment of activities. Ziplines buzz overhead as boys walk to go rock climbing, fishing or biking. Being so close to the New River Gorge National River -- one of five "national rivers" in the national park system -- the Boy Scouts have coordinated with local outfitters to give Scouts the opportunity to go whitewater rafting. Kids from Lamorinda have gone on canopy tours of the local forest, earned multiple merit badges and made new friends.
Wanting to preserve this site for future use, the Boy Scouts are placing a heavy emphasis on conservation and environmentalism. Boys take unheated showers and separate out all recycling from their waste. The Scouts are maintaining their focus on community service by having every troop spend a day providing service to a local community. There is a heavy emphasis on technology at this Jamboree; Scouts are encouraged to Tweet or Instagram pictures of how much fun they're having.
Judging by the limited portion of camp I've seen so far, this looks like a wonderful place for a Jamboree, and we all look forward to the next week of activities.