Local Scouts leave for National Jamboree

Some area Boy Scouts and their leaders took off today for a national scouting celebration.

34 Boy Scouts and 5 adult leaders from 12 different troops in the area left for the National Jamboree.

Kansas First News caught up with them at the Rolley Scout Service Center in Topeka before they headed to summit Bechtel Reserve in the New River Gorge in West Virginia.

50,000 Scouts from all over the country gather at the National Jamboree for one big celebration of scouting.

“This is a first for everybody, said Scoutmaster John Spain.  We actually have a couple of leaders that have been on staff as a youth but this is a first time for everybody here and this is a first time the National Jamboree will hold a summit in West Virginia, so really it’s the first time to be the first.”

While they are at the Jamboree the Scouts will have the opportunity to take part in white water rafting, climbing, zip lines and mountain biking.

The Jamboree is held once every four years.

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