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Jamboree 2013: Done but Not Over

Wow. Is it really possible to pack this many awesome activities into 10 days? Well, I guess it is. We all just spent it doing those activities. The recap of events? ATV, BMX, canopy tours, climbing, the Cloud, day of service, mountain biking and... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Take a Shot (at the Summit): Jamboree Shooting Sports

Shooting sports have always been integral to the plans for the Summit. Because the Summit is home to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, you can be sure it will include more than your run-of-the-mill shooting ranges. To that end, the... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Jamboree Closing Show Highlights

On Saturday, 40,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff from across the United States and the world gathered for the closing show of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit. Best-selling rock band 3 Doors Down, "Dirty Jobs" host Mike... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Airborne Day at the Jamboree

Friday was Airborne Day at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. The airborne group of the armed forces is an elite assembly of warriors who are trained in advanced techniques of parachuting. These soldiers can be dropped anywhere, including behind... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Adventure and Riches at the Jamboree

As I drove to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree on Sunday, I went from the mountains of New York to the farmland of Pennsylvania before I came upon something special: the hills of West Virginia. There are hills all around the nation, but some are... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Patrol Z: Jamboree in Pictures II

From the opening flag ceremony to climbing to zip lines, there's so much to see at the Summit this jamboree. Patrol Z  is on the ground, immersed in the full-on jamboree experience and documenting it all through the lens. Look for more Patrol... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Patrol Z: Jamboree in Pictures

Check out the gallery above. The jamboree at the Summit is all about scale. From the smallest detail to the pageantry of the AT&T Summit Stadium, this place is amazing. Remember to check back throughout the jamboree for more images from Patrol... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

How to Keep Up With Patrol Z During the 2013 Jamboree

With the jamboree coming right around the corner, we at Patrol Z can't wait to start covering all of the excitement! Here is how you can make sure you don't miss a minute of it: 1. Stay tuned right here at the Summit Blog. If you want to see all... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Jamboree Staff Positions Still Open

If you're hoping to register as staff for this year's jamboree, time is running out! With just one week to go until the jamboree, there are still departments with openings for staff. This is a great opportunity to partake in the first jamboree to... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Packing for Jamboree, Venturing Style

Hey fellow Scouts! With Jamboree just around the corner, I am sure you all are getting anxious to start packing. I know I am! We covered packing when the jamboree duffel was unveiled, but it's always good to refresh. To help you out, here is a... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Put Your Fitness to the SEAL Test

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is no weekend camping trip.  You'll have a chance to experience all kinds of amazing ways to test your physical fitness and mental skill and ability with the activities offered. Hopefully, you're already exercising... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Happy Feet: Kicking Around the 2013 Jambo

Walking is the way to go at the Summit. Here are a couple of pointers for taking care of your feet while getting around the 2013 National Scout Jamboree: It's All About the Shoes While hiking boots provide more support and warmth, a pair of trail... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Three Reasons Everyone Needs the Jamboree Summit App

Whether you're heading to the Summit as a jamboree participant , staff member , or visitor , the Jamboree Summit App is one of the smallest items you need to pack. If you're an Apple iOS or Android user, here are three reasons to download the app... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Jamboree Medical Forms: Getting It Done

Ahh, medical forms. They're always a pain to finish filling out. And that due date always seems to sneak up on us. Speaking of which, the deadline for turning in medical forms for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is April 15, so it's time to get... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Warning: Addictive! BMX Courses at the Summit

Plenty of dirt. Loads of rollers. Jumps if that's your thing. Hit the BMX bike course at the Summit and see how you stack up. Bikers of all levels will find a home here, and as Jessica S. of Patrol Z found out, this whole BMX thing is way... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

BMX: Go Big With Patrol Z [Video]

Think BMX is just for the pros? No way! Heck, even the pros had to get their start somewhere - they weren't born on a bike, ya know. The Summit is gearing up for all levels of BMX enthusiasts, whether you're an actual pro or just testing the rounds... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Something New: Whitewater Rafting at the Summit

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us  @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Skatepark at the Summit: A Firsthand Look

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us  @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

The Ultimate Guide to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree

You've got a lot of questions about the 2013 National Scout Jamboree and its new home at the Summit in West Virginia. Your Scouts want to know how many zip lines there will be, if they'll be old enough to go whitewater rafting, and of course, if... From Scout Wire 2 years ago

Get Wild (and Wet) at the Jamboree [Video]

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us  @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

3 Things You Need to Know About Venturing at the Jamboree

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us  @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

We Made It to the Summit - Now What?

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us  @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

A Look at Camp Life at the Summit [VIDEO]

What's camping at the Summit Bechtel Reserve going to be like? Wait, what? We don't have to bring a tent? We don't have to bring a chuck box? There is a lot that's different about the 2013 Nationald Jamboree now that it's going down at the Summit -... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

5 Easy Ways to Survive the Summit

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us  @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Chief Scout and Technology

Wayne Brock is the new Chief Scout of the BSA. He has an interview in the Sept-Oct issue of Scouting magazine. In it, he mentions technology a few times, and I'm happy to see that he realizes technology is here and is a tool to be used. It also... From Scoutmaster Musings 2 years ago

SummitCorps: Bringing It Back Home

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Getting Scouts Social With Patrol Z

Want to get your Scouts connected and inspired? Hook them up to the Patrol Z social channels and watch the engagement grow! We all know that kids are social beings. They are no strangers to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., where they enjoy... From Scout Wire 2 years ago

Scouting at NAS Pensacola

Patrol Z is a group of new-media journalists made up of Scouts and Venturers from all across America. High adventure, service, and achievement are what we're all about. Want to get in touch with us? Tweet to us  @PatrolZ , and follow our photos on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

6 More Shakedown Instagram Pics From Patrol Z

Patrol Z reporters tried to photograph the Summit Shakedown from every angle, and many of those photos were broadcast via the Patrol Z Instagram feed . Here are just a few of the sights from Scouts' and Venturers' first experience at the Summit... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Miss the Summit Shakedown? You Can Still Experience It Online!

Want to ramp up the excitement around the 2013 National Scout Jamboree? Jump on our social sites right now! From Friday, July 13, through Tuesday, July 17, roughly 2,000 Boy Scouts, Venturers, and unit leaders-as well as 400 staff members-were on... From Scout Wire 2 years ago

An Interview With the Summit Director

Wednesday is normally the day Summit Director Dan McCarthy posts his update. This week, we've got him on video. Patrol Z reporters Kevin M. and Patrick B. interviewed Dan during the Summit Shakedown, to find out more about Dan's background and the... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

1 More Reason the 2013 Jamboree Will Be Epic

What do you get when 1,300 Scouts, Scouters, and Venturers converge upon the Summit for the Summit Shakedown? A great event. What happens when that number becomes 50,000 next year? An epic, once-in-a-lifetime event. One of the best things that the... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

8 Funky Photos From the Shakedown

Are you following Patrol Z on Instagram ? Home for the Scouts and Venturers at the Summit Shakedown comes with an orange dome. Instagram is a smartphone app that allows you to apply funky filters to your photos and share them - with your friends on... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

3 Picture-Perfect Stops on Your Way to the Summit

Traveling to The Summit Bechtel Reserve can be a great adventure in and of itself but there are also a lot of great places you can explore. Here are three totally rad side trips to check out on your way to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree ... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Tent City, in Effect!

The rain did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm that members of the Boy Scouts of America brought to the Summit as they arrived to begin the Summit Shakedown , a trial run for the first jamboree to be held at the new property. As soon as contingents... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Going the Extra Mile to Get to the Shakedown

How far would you go to join a contingent to see the Summit. We found 2 Scouts who went more than a few extra miles. Across the country, Scouts  assembled for the 2012 Summit Shakedown , which began Friday. The Shakedown is being put on in... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

How to Follow the Summit Shakedown

About 2,000 Scouts, Venturers and staff volunteers are now among the first to actually experience the Summit Bechtel Reserve! This group is part of a 4-day Summit Shakedown that starts today. The special event will be important for jamboree... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Osprey Ace 48 | the Z Review

Editor's Note: This post is part of an ongoing collaboration between Patrol Z and the BSA Supply Group. For a full list of available products, visit  www.scoutstuff.org . All content is produced by Scouts and Venturers from Patrol Z. The Osprey Ace... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Teach Me to Climb

Venturers from New Orleans, Louisiana, recently went through the intense BSA climbing instructor training. The course certifies both Scouts/Venturers and leaders as official BSA climbing instructors. Climbing is a fun, yet somewhat risky, activity... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Service Has No Age Limit

Have you ever considered how service projects are related to being a good citizen? There are even a few parts of our Scout Law involved-like being kind and helpful, to name two! As Scouts, we get involved with all kinds of service projects in our... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

3 Ways to Ramp Up Your Patch Trading

The 2013 National Jamboree is all about action, right? Well, right, as long as "action" includes patch-trading action. Just like in past jamborees, and in addition to all the high-adventure activities that will be available to you, 2013 will... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Osprey® Kestrel 58 | the Z Review

Editor's Note: This post is part of an ongoing collaboration between Patrol Z and the BSA Supply Group. For a full list of available products, visit  www.scoutstuff.org . All content is produced by Scouts and Venturers from Patrol Z. For a pack... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

A Scout's Cycling Experience

You wake up to the sound of your rain fly shaking and the voice of your patrol leader telling you to get up. Quickly, you get dressed and hop out of your tent. Soon your patrol members start cooking a delicious breakfast. Each time you leave your... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Ever Heard of a Sea Scout?

Have you heard of a Sea Scout? Well, just in case you haven't, Sea Scouts is part of Venturing. Its members focus on sailing, maritime skills, and of course, having fun. Cool, huh? A Little History Lesson for You Like Scouting itself, Sea Scouting... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Dodging for Adventure

When Troop 108 in the Revolutionary Trails Council decided to plan a trip to the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base , they knew they needed to raise some dough. So, what comes to your mind when you think of fundraising? Let me guess––can... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

What Is Your Path to the Summit?

Scouts and Venturers attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree from the South Texas Council may want to brush up on their "I spy" and alphabet-spotting skills. And for good reason, too: The 1,750-mile journey from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

The Perfect Gift | "Meet Me at the Summit" Tumbler

Editor's Note: This post is part of an ongoing collaboration between Patrol Z and the BSA Supply Group. For a full list of available products, visit www.scoutstuff.org . Looking for the perfect gift for your family or friends? Check out the "Meet... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

5 Ways You Can Stay Active in Scouting

Once completing Cub Scouts, it is natural to move up to Boy Scouts. But what about after that? Far too often, I hear adult leaders speak about losing their prized Eagle Scouts to the world abroad. We are becoming increasingly busy with high school,... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

Patrol Z Offers Gear Reviews

The members of Patrol Z , the BSA's youth-led group of media specialists, have been hard at work over the past few months creating content for your enjoyment. And now, the crew's latest assignment, which is part of an ongoing collaboration with the... From Scout Wire 2 years ago

Step 3, Putting Your Skills to the Test

Youth Leadership is a big deal, and Chris S., one of the Patrol Z Reporters understands this better than many. His 3-part blog entry will outline some of the many ways Scouts can become effective leaders: NYTL. Keep reading for the 3rd part of... From Summit Blog 2 years ago

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