Steamboat Springs Scoutmaster Brian Berry couldn’t stop listing the activities that await the seven Boy Scouts from Steamboat Springs that he will take to the 2010 National Scout Jamboree this month.
As he finished packing away their cots and tents in the back of his pickup Friday, he discussed how the boys from Troop 194 will join tens of thousands of their fellow Scouts in Virginia on July 26 to enjoy a week of scuba diving, sailing, camping, pioneering and more. At the last jamboree five years ago, the president even made an appearance.
“This one is going to be very special,” Berry said. “The jamboree officially happens every four years, but they delayed it a year so that they could celebrate the Boy Scouts’ 100-year anniversary at this jamboree.”
Berry said a tent city would form overnight at Fort A.P. Hill military base in Virginia, as an expected 40,000 Scouts from all across the world converge at the jamboree.
The Scouts fly to New York City on Wednesday to do a week of touring that includes a stop in Washington before they’ll arrive in Virginia for the event. Berry will represent more than 70 Scouts from western Colorado, as well as Troop 194 in Steamboat.
“A lot of these kids haven’t been east of Nebraska,” he said. “It will be great to show them the East Coast.”
The Scouts were busy finishing their packing Friday, reflecting on their favorite camping experiences. Ian Caragol, 12, said he is looking forward to the possibility of meeting someone as dignified as the president or an astronaut.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “We get to go to some pretty amazing places as members of the Scouts.”
Ian is taking a Junior Olympics poster signed by local Nordic combined skiers Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane to show off to the other campers at the jamboree.
As the final bags were loaded for their trip, the boys’ parents said they were jealous they couldn’t go along.
“It will be a wonderful experience for him,” said Jorge Espinosa, whose son Matthew is going to the jamboree. “It’s part of the growing-up process and a week of supervised independence."