Today, officially marks the first full day of the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree. Roughly 40,000 scouts have finally arrived and are ready to explore what the Mountain Sate has to offer for ten full days! Paddle boarding all the way to skate boarding, the Boy Scout Jamboree had a wide variety of any outdoor activity you can think of on Thursday. And of those fun, out-door activities just so happens to be the most popular. “Action Point BMX is so popular here at the Jamboree, because it’s so easily accessible. We are in a central location and we have great instruction and beginner tracks all the way up to the racetrack like you see behind me” said, BMX Instructor, Ryan Kelley of Oklahoma.
One eager scout who was waiting in line to try out the BMX biking, told us he tried it before at the last Jamboree and is excited to do it again! Boy Scout Graham Finlay of Georgia told us, “It was just fun, I would do this any day of the week at all time, so I am just excited for it.” However the BMX Biking line wasn’t the only long line. Scouts kept cool and busy with water actives, rock climbing and even repelling.
And, although thousands of scouts ventured off to explore all of the fun adventures this years Jamboree has to offer. They, still did not forget the true meaning of what it means to be a Boy Scout. One Boy Scout, Taran Richardson of Indiana told us, “Our home troop, our unit actually, because we are made up of different troops back in Indianapolis. We are actually sponsored to come and it was our first time going. They thought it would be a good experience and opportunity for us. I was fortunate to be able to come because I didn’t have any busy schedules and I really look forward to scouting, I enjoy it and it’s kind of fun.” While, another scout, Julian Staley of South Carolina added, “It’s an experience you can only get once every four years.”
In addition to the fun adventures, Scouts will also be doing service work throughout nearly all counties in West Virginia.