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Boy Scout Troop sends four to National Jamboree

July 10, 2017
Town Crier

Four youth members and one adult leader of Canfield's Boy Scout Troop 25 will be participating at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree being held July 19-28, 2017 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia adjacent to the New River Gorge National River. They are a part of the 40 member (36 youth and 4 adult leaders) final Greater Western Reserve Council (GWRC) Jamboree Troop contingent representing all of northeast Ohio. The Jamboree Troop will be known as Jamboree Troop 2425.

Trevor Hykes, Tanner Tsvetkoff, John Heino and Christopher Altiere are the four youth members of Canfield Boy Scout Troop 25 from Canfield United Methodist Church along with one adult leader, Hunter Hykes that will be traveling and participating with the other members from the former GWRC on this 10 day adventure of Scouting at its very best. They will get to pack into 10 days more Scouting adventures and activities then most Scouts get to experience. The 2017 Jamboree is being planned for 40,000 Boy Scouts, Venturers, and unit leaders, plus more than 9,000 staff members.

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be the sight of the upcoming 2019 24th World Scout Jamboree July 22-August 2, 2019 with the North American Continent countries of Canada, Mexico and the United States serving as hosts. This will be the first World Jamboree held in the United States since 1967.

Trevor is a Senior at Austintown Fitch High School with interests in accounting and finance. He had preciously attended the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree also at The Summit and will be serving the Jamboree Troop as a Patrol Leader for the Lighthouse Patrol. Having had the experience of being there once before, his advice to Scouts going for the first time is "To break your boots in before going. There is much more walking there than you think, don't be afraid to talk with people and learn where people come from.". He's looking forward to doing different actives that are not available at home such as Scuba Diving and Zip Lining and meeting new people.

Tanner is a Junior at Canfield High School and serves Troop 25 as the Troop Historian. He will be an Assistant Patrol Leader for the Jamboree Troop. He also is looking forward to trying new activities not available at home especially the Scuba Diving.

John is an eighth grader at Canfield Village Middle School and is Troop 25's Senior Patrol Leader. He will be serving the Jamboree Troop as Troop Historian and looks forward to meeting new people from other areas and learning new customs from other countries. The Jamboree expects to have contingents attending from over 25 other countries throughout the world.

Christopher is an eighth grader at Canfield Village Middle School and serves Troop 25 as the Troop Chaplain. He will also be serving the Jamboree Troop as Troop Chaplain. The 12th point of the Scout Law is "A Scout is Reverent". Religious observances and chaplain services for Scouts, leaders, and staff of all faiths will ensure that religious needs of everyone will be met. Christopher is also looking forward to Zip Lining, Scuba Diving and one of Scouting's favorite past times, Patch Trading.

It seems that all of the Scouts are interested in participating in what is known as Dragon Boat Races. As part of the Aquatics area, each Dragon Boat holds 20 Scout paddlers and two staff-one steering in the stern, the other beating cadence in the bow. The goal is to paddle a 100-yard course for time. The best times will be posted each day with participants trying to be the quickest.

Hunter Hykes is an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 25 and will serve as the Jamboree Troop 3rd Assistant. Scoutmaster. He will be a sophomore in the fall at Akron State University studying Computer Engineering. He attended the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit and remembers the fun he had in the High Adventure area especially the Zip Lining, Biking, Rafting and Skateboarding. He hopes to show the Scouts what the better and different opportunities they will have at the Jamboree

Boy Scout Troop 25 meets every Wednesdayevening at 7:00 pm in the basement of Canfield United Methodist Church at 27 S. Broad St. in Canfield. For more information about the troop and its activities, contact the Scoutmaster, Kevin Prus, Sr. at 330-533-5616. Summer times and locations may change so be sure to contact the Scoutmaster ahead of time.

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree is being held at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reservation near Mt. Hope, W.V. July 19-28. Held once every four years, the National Boy Scout Jamboree draws tens of thousands of Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff from all over the country to celebrate Scouting. The 10-day event helps prepare our nation's youth to face and overcome challenges, while providing them with the opportunity to camp out, meet new friends, try high-adventure activities, learn new skills, work on merit badges, and enjoy the outdoors.

The first Boy Scouts of America national jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the jamboree was canceled because of a polio outbreak in Washington.

When the first jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument during that event. Since that time, an additional 17 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2013.

In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia's New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2013.



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