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Local Boy Scout off to U.K. for jamboree

Mike McCollum

— To date, Scouting has given Brant Crossan the chance to spend his summers amid the pines, spruce and aspens in the forests of Colorado. But Crossan will soon experience Scouting from an international perspective.

Crossan, along with fellow Steamboat Boy Scouts Landen Mertz, Dusty Reed, John Cutler and Vincent Abate of Troop 194, will join more than 3,000 Scouts heading to the World Scout Jamboree in Chelmsford, England.

“It’s going to be definitely interesting and cool to be around so many people from so many countries,” said Crossan, 15, a rising Junior at the Lowell Whiteman School.

Mertz, 16, and Cutler, 16, left for London early to participate in a three-day sightseeing tour, while Abate, Crossan and Reed leave today.

Each Scout had to raise $4,000 to go on the trip.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun to be with 40,000 people from all over the world and we’ll be busy with activities and service projects,” said Reed, a rising junior at Steamboat Springs High School. “I’m sure we will get a little touristy while we are over there.”

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The Scout Association of the United Kingdom will host the Jamboree from Friday through Aug. 8. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who founded the Scouting program, also organized the first Jamboree in London in 1920.

“I don’t think most people know there are Scouts from all over the world,” Crossan said.

The Jamboree is held every four years. Thailand hosted the Jamboree four years ago, while Chile was the host country before that.

“My older brother went to Chile eight years ago,” Reed said. “He said it was an amazing experience.”

The five Steamboat Scouts have joined a group of Scouts from across Colorado to form Troop 401. The 25-Scout troop will camp together outside of Chelmsford.

“At night, we’ll have the chance to have dinner and visit with troops from other countries,” Reed said. “The only catch is that we have to accept one Scout in their group for every Scout in our group that joins them.”

Activities planned for the 12-day Jamboree include a world village, where Scouts will engage in activities from other world cultures. Scouts also will have the chance to explore a global development village, which will give them the chance to learn of many of the key challenges facing the world. A community action day, along with adventure challenges, round out the activities.

“I’m looking forward to getting down to the (English) Channel, where we have been told there will be some water activities,” Crossan said.