Bruton High student Taylor Huber is with local Troop 1741 at the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill. He’s filing daily dispatches from the field; this is is second report.
Reveille at 6 a.m. wakes Troop 1741 scouts and they get their day started with a troop flag ceremony and breakfast. Scouts then disperse to enjoy the vast amounts of activities the 2010 National Scout Jamboree has to offer.
Top attractions include the Order of the Arrow show, Mysterium Compass. It addresses the challenges of daily life and shows ways to get through it. Mysterium Compass explains that a perfect scout would have the mindset to think outward and of others instead of about themselves. The show admits only Scouts into it and gives each only one ticket.
Another prime attraction is the Technology Quest, an exposition of cutting edge technology. As one of the newest events, it was added to spark an interest for the technology field of study in Scouts.
The military has always supported the Boy Scouts of America and they show it here, too. Here at Fort A.P. Hill they explain the importance of being an Eagle Scout as well as putting on many displays to recruit good, hardworking Scouts.
Have you ever thought of being blind yet still playing basketball? One can at the attraction called “disAbilities.” These exhibit puts Scouts into the lives of disabled athletes to give them a greater respect. In disAbilities the Scouts take part in events where they pretend they have a disability and they play a regular game.
As already mentioned, one game is blind baseball. In this game the players are all blind while playing, but for location the oversized, soft baseball beeps. There are just two bases and the batter must first hit the ball, then listen for one of the two bases to ring. The batter runs to it before the hit ball is retrieved to be safe and score one point. If the ball is retrieved first, the batter is out.
One of the most popular of those games is wheelchair basketball. In this game they have all Scouts sit in wheelchairs and play a game of basketball. Players are allowed two spins before they have to dribble, but shooting and passing are allowed at any point.
These games give a deep understanding for those people who are disabled as well as getting to play a sport that one has not played before.
Each day here at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree brings new experiences and each just as amazing as the last.