“A randomly selected 10 Scouts who earn the Radio merit badge here at the jamboree will be able to talk to the International Space Station,” says Jim Wilson (K5ND), director of K2BSA, the amateur radio station of the Boy Scouts of America.
Those selected will chat with an astronaut, Major Luca Parmitano, during the roughly ten-minute overhead pass of the ISS. A public address system has been set up to allow Scouts, Venturers, leaders, and visitors to listen in on the exchange at the K2BSA exhibit at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree's Summit Gateway.
"Everyone has a smile and at the end of the day... that's what it's all about," said major skatepark donor Ernie Thrasher, who "was so inspired [by the Summit Bechtel Reserve] that I decided to support the youth of Scouting."
The Park was officially dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week, with Scouts and Venturers who couldn't wait ready to enjoy its slopes and ramps. The special event was attended by major leaders responsible for it's design and installation.
For two weeks, the 2013 National Scout Jamboree emergency medical service will stand as the largest medical force assembled, second only that drawn up for the Olympics. Jamboree EMS includes volunteers and professionals, civilian and military experts, says Ray Weitogand, EMS safety officer.
From basic first aid to full fledged emergencies, EMS are located across the Summit Bechtel Reserve to provide everything from band-aids to full fledged rescue services.
Scouts, Venturers, and leaders may visit any EMS facility to receive treatment for even the most minor injuries or illnesses, says Weitogand. All services are free of charge to participants.
For an emergency, call 911.