Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Troop 1122 in Scouting Magazine!

It was recently pointed out that in the latest edition of Scouting Magazine, that some of the Pony Express Council's Jamboree Contingent members were apart of a group photo taken at one of the arena shows. Page 28 of the November-December 2010 issue is a full page photograph and up at the top of the page is several members from Troop 1122. The scouts are wearing the tan and green hats and can be seen up close in the second photo here on this blog. I encourage you to take a moment and click on the photo to get an enlarged view, so you can try to pick out someone you know!

The photograph was taken by Aaron Huey (photo-journalist) and was featured in his article Picture Perfect which goes into detail about the experiences he encountered at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. If you get a chance to read it, I think you'll enjoy the pictures that go with the story of Troop 1036's Jamboree experience.

Friday, October 22, 2010

2013 National Scout Jamboree Set!

The official dates for the next National Scout Jamboree were announced today at the ground breaking ceremony for the Boy Scouts of America's newest high adventure base.

The following excerpt is part of the social media release from the Boy Scouts of America:

"The National Scout Reserve, located in the Glen Jean–Mount Hope area, will permanently house the BSA’s iconic national Scout jamboree and a new national high-adventure base to complement the three existing national bases in New Mexico, Minnesota, and Florida. It was announced that the first jamboree in West Virginia will take place July 15–24, 2013."

The rest of the article can be found here, and has more information on the recent charitable donations to the project and future National and World Jamboree's!

Pictures from the event can be found on the Bechtel Summit's Facebook Page.

Video of Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, making the official announcement can be found on the Bechtel Summit's Facebook Page as well.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

National Jamboree Souvenir Video Update!

Official Souvenir Video Cover

The Boys' Life 2010 National Scout Jamboree Souvenir DVD is now available for preorder at

Own a piece of history! The DVD provides almost 90 MINUTES of jamboree excitement, including arena show highlights, "Behind the Scenes at Boys' Life," and more than 600 jamboree troop photographs.

For discounts for 51+ DVDs mailed to the same address, or for questions, call 972-580-2376.

The billing will occur after the DVDs are shipped in November 2010.

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree was the signature event during a year of celebration of the Boy Scouts of America's first 100 years. The Boys' Life 2010 National Scout Jamboree Souvenir DVD captures the fun and excitement of this historic event and will help all Scouts and leaders to see Scouting at its finest.

Monday, September 27, 2010

National Jamboree Reunion - September 26th, 2010

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in late September the 2010 Pony Express National Jamboree Contingent met for the last time to remember the good times had this summer at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. During this time of fellowship the scouts and the parents got to swap stories and pictures about the experience making for an enjoyable time for all those that attended. The dining hall proved to be a great location as the participants spread out their pictures, patches, and other mementos on the tables for all to see. Proudly showing off their accomplishments and fond memories the boys connected for the last time as Troop 1122.

This was also a great opportunity to pass out the activity rockers that represent the various activities that went on during the Jamboree. There are a total of 6 segments that are placed around the bottom portion of the Jamboree patch and form a half circle. The order seen here from left to right is: Duty to God, Mysterium Compass, 5K Run/Walk, Action Centers, Outback Centers, Activities.

We also collected the faulty backpacks from all those that brought them to the meeting so they could be returned for a new one. Problems ranging from the shoulder straps falling off to the zippers falling apart appeared to be common amongst most of the backpacks. With a plan set in place to return these back to the company that made them, we plan on receiving new replacements for all those returned. As soon as more information is made known an update will be posted on here in regards to this situation.

Lastly this event was an opportunity to reclaim lost items from the trip's Lost/Found. With tables setup to accommodate the amount of unclaimed items, boys and parents sifted through a pile of clothes and camping equipment to find anything that belonged to them. Although several items remain unclaimed, several items were recovered and taken back home to be used again for the next camping trip.

Thank you to all who attended and made this last meeting another great memory to add to our National Jamboree experience.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jamboree Backpack Falling Apart?

John Clawson has been in contact with the company that we got our Jamboree Backpacks from, and is asking that everyone please return your pack to him. As you probably are all aware that the backpacks did not hold up very well and we are looking at getting a replacement bag for anyone who wants one. We apologize for the poor quality craftsmanship that caused several of the backpacks to fall apart while at the National Jamboree and are working to correct the problem. If you are interested in doing this please bring your bag to the Jamboree Reunion or get a hold of John by email ( or phone (816-383-1072). If you have any questions/comments/concerns please get in touch with John and he will do his best to answer them.

If you have already thrown away your backpack, we ask that you let us know and we will see what we can do to get you a replacement as well. I imagine that I was not the only person to toss their bag in the trash after the Jamboree, but if you have yet to throw it away we ask that you return it for a replacement. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming reunion.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Order Your Jamboree Today Collector's Edition Today

Share memories of a once-in-a-lifetime Centennial event and experience inspiring stories about family, friends, and fellow Scouters through the pages of its official daily newspaper Jamboree Today. Limited copies of the 2010 Jamboree Today Collector’s Edition at $10.95 are available for ordering! The collector’s edition is scheduled to be mailed in October, so don’t miss this opportunity. To order, complete the following steps by September 24:

  • Complete the order form by ensuring that both sections related to mailing information and method of payment are filled out

  • Download the form : 

    (1) if paying by credit card fax the form to: Attn: Susie
    Lutt, Personal and Confidential, 972-580-2108; or, 

    (2) cash or check can be mailed to: Attn: Susie
    Lutt, Personal and Confidential, S401, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75038

  • The collector’s edition features a hardcover, bound, and stylishly designed piece (perfect for the coffee-table)

  • Remember, a limited quantity of only 9,000 remain.
Download 7 of the 8 Jamboree Today Newspapers in PDF format here:

Tuesday - July 27th, 2010
Wednesday - July 28th, 2010
Thursday - July 29th, 2010
Saturday - July 31st, 2010

2010-2011 National Scout Jamboree Calendar

The 2010–2011 National Scout Jamboree Calendar proudly carries the banner of Scouting every month of the year with exciting action photography and stories from the greatest jamboree in BSA history. It’s a keepsake that every Scout will cherish long after the calendar comes down from the wall. Years down the road, Scouts can look back at their jamboree calendar, pick out key dates like the campouts, court of honors, and other events written on the months, and recall the incredible fun and character-building activities they experienced.

  • Open size 11" wide x 22" high

  • 16-month calendar - starting with a four month grid
    (September to December 2010)

  • Beautiful pictures to showcase the activites of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree (see if you can spot yourself!)

  • Heavy recyclable paper and durable construction

  • Designed and printed in the United States of America - with pride!
Calendars will not ship until November 1, 2010.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Exclusive 2010 Jamboree Collectibles on Sale Today!

It's YOUR Chance to Own a Piece of BSA History!
One-of-a-kind 2010 Jamboree Collectibles

Dozens of the exclusive pre-sale and onsite Jamboree products (once available only to Jamboree Participants) can now be yours! This Selection of great, one-of-a-kind collectibles won't last long, so shop now and pick up your memento from this historic, Centennial-year Jamboree!

Supplies are limited and selection various in National Scout Shops.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jamboree Reunion - September 26th at Camp Geiger

As many of you know we still need to pass out the participation rocker segments to the boys and the best way to do this would be to meet up again for one last time. So we have decided on a date in late September in which we will have a Jamboree reunion at Camp Geiger. We have attentively set the date for September 26th (Sunday) at 3 PM. The reunion will take place at the dining hall and is sure to be a great time.

This time can be used for a variety of different reasons but I think most importantly it will be a time of fellowship as we meet for one last time as the 2010 Pony Express Council National Jamboree Contingent. In the past, participants have come together to swap stories, pictures, and patches in one last attempt to complete their own story that they will tell for many years to come.

This also provides a great opportunity for those items that didn’t make it home to be found because they got stuffed in someone else’s box, or simply to get answers to some of the questions that you still have. We look forward to seeing everyone in attendance and encourage everyone to attend this last get together to bring our amazing trip to a close. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me (Matt Becker) through email or phone and I will do my best to answer the best way I can.

I know that several of you either experienced the long lines at the trading post during the Jamboree, or heard about them, and for some the wait ended with an item already being sold out. Well BSA supply has decided to re-release a few hot items that sold out almost immediately at the Jamboree. If you or your son missed out on the Patch of the Day Set and would like the chance to purchase a complete set, or would like one of the 2010 National Jamboree Leather Belts, or National Jamboree Belt Buckles, or even the new Bechtel Summit T-Shirt and Hat you have the chance to get your hands on which ever item you missed out on. Just log in to your account at and click on the Jamboree link towards the top. If you haven’t put in your Jamboree Registration ID you will need to do that in order to view the Jamboree catalog. This reissue is only available for a limited time and all orders must be made by September 15th. Most of the items are not scheduled to ship until late October/early November.

$29.99 - $36.99




All the leftover National Jamboree Council Strips and Mic-O-Say Flap patches have been taken to the scout office and are on sale there for anyone to buy. If you would like to purchase more you can buy them there until supply runs out.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing everyone on September 26th!

Monday, August 23, 2010

More 2010 National Scout Jamboree Photos!

The Boy Scouts of America have their own Flicker Account were they have uploaded several pictures from the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Many of which were taken by professional photographers making it well worth your time to take a look. There are a lot of great photos like this one:

Boys’ Life Souvenir Jamboree DVD Order Form

Pre-order the 2010 Boys’ Life souvenir jamboree DVD or order the complete set of the official National Scout Jamboree DVDs for 1993 through 2005 for one low price.

Send orders to:

Jamboree DVD, S302
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079

or fax to 972-580-2108

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 5th, 2010 - Day 13

Our last day started off early at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Washington D.C. where the boys were treated to a breakfast buffet at the Embassy of Rock. However the real treat for most of the scouts was the gift shop, as most spent their last few dollars buying up as many souvenirs as they could with the money they had left.

After breakfast we noticed we were running a little bit ahead of schedule so the adult leaders got together to discuss a possible plan to make good use of our time. Thinking that Fort McHenry would be our best bet we departed to the famous fort near our airport in Baltimore. Opting for the free self-guided tour the boys were set free to roam the grounds were the famous song The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key.

With our last stop being the airport, we were almost home and back to normal lives. As we sat and waited to board our plane back to Kansas City, we couldn’t help but notice the amount of our contingent that had more than one person from a single family on our trip. Making for one last photo opportunity we gathered all those families that had multiple members in our contingent for a group photo before we made our way onto the plane. For only a couple of hours later we were back home and safely in the arms of our loving family members that were anxiously awaiting our return.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 4th, 2010 - Day 12

The morning came early…very early…as everyone crawled out of bed for the first time just after 3 AM. We needed everyone up to help pack the rest of the truck as much as possible before the rain hit. After rushing around for 30 minutes everyone crawled back into their tents just minutes before monsoon season began at Fort A.P. Hill.

It was a wet morning and thankfully we left up just enough tents to get us through the night. However we didn’t stay dry long because as soon as the bus arrived everyone had to battle the rain and small lakes scattered throughout the campsite to pack the rest of the remaining gear. Water was everywhere and to say that anyone was able to stay dry would be a total lie. At some places in our camp standing water was close to 6” deep and the once dry shoes, socks and other clothing items were soaked with the hard rain that seemed to never let up. Once everything was loaded up and ready to go we piled onto the bus dripping from head to toe, ready to leave and start our journey back home. The bus trip back to Washington D.C. allowed several to get a little more sleep, eat breakfast and try to dry off as much as possible before our day of sight seeing.

Our first stop landed us at Mount Vernon, were we spent a good part of the morning touring the home and the grounds of George Washington’s estate where he lived for 45 years. It was very interesting to hear and learn about our nation’s first president and how he lived during the formation of the United States of America. One little known fact however was that George Washington was actually a Mic-O-Say tribesman and has the claws to prove it! The house featured pieces from the time and was fully restored back to before Washington’s death making several of the artifacts over 200 years old.

After a quick lunch at Roy Rodgers we were on our way to the International Spy Museum were our boys got to see spy gadgets that have been used by spies throughout history. Cool items like the James Bond car, miniature microphones and transmitters, compact cameras, and weapons were common place throughout the museum. With pieces dating back several decades our young men got to see just how far technology has come in the spy world.

Our next appointment was scheduled at the Newseum; a museum about the news media’s history and its role not only in America but around the world as well. The museum featured the history of several major stories that hit world and American headlines with an emphasis on how the media covered each story. Displays at the Newseum depicted history throughout the years with a reporter insight that gave a first hand look into the role that the media has played in our society. Included were photos from iconic Sports Illustrated magazines, Nobel Prize winning photographs, the front page from most major world newspapers, September 11th display, Elvis Presley memorabilia, a news chopper, part of the Berlin Wall and much much more.

With most of our touring over with for the day we got back onto the bus and headed to an early evening meal at the Ronald Regan Building. Again much like the meals before the National Jamboree this was a ticketed meal where the boys had a selection in which they could choose what they would like to eat from a variety of restaurants. Shortly after our meal but before we departed we thought it would be a good idea to get one last picture of just the adults and our tour guide in order to mark a successful trip.

We arrived at our hotel a little earlier than planned in our itinerary but I can tell you it didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings to be able to jump into a hot shower and relax before our last day away from home. Although the Clarion wasn’t quite as fancy as the Hyatt, it seemed as though it was fit for a king compared to the accommodations that we had grown accustomed to at the Jamboree. Finding ways to keep entertained and make “good” use of their spare time at the hotel, the boys kept life interesting by assuring that there were no dull moments.