As Vance Stiles hoofed it off a tour bus here at about 7 a.m. today, the First Class Scout from Black Mountain, N.C., stepped into history.
That's because Stiles was the first Boy Scout to step off a troop bus for the inaugural national Scout jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. From 1981-2010, the jamboree was held at a military post, Ft. A.P. Hill, Va.
Stiles said he came to the jamboree at the Summit because he wanted to "meet new people, trade patches and enjoy all of the activities."
As the Summit Bechtel Reserve offers the first ever Jamboree paddle-boarding program, chaplains and aquatics staff members gathered Monday morning to give their blessing and prayers for safety on the waterfront.
Among the chaplains present were Eagle Scout Christopher Garcia, of Springfield, Va., Todd Delaney of Bristow, Va., and Eagle Scout John Wood of Dayton, Ohio, who all prayed for safety on the water during the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.
All Scouts and Venturers are reminded to stay hydrated as they enjoy their stay at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, says David Disney, chairman of 2013 National Scout Jamboree management.
All jamboree participants should closely review the health and safety information cards attached to the jamboree credentials they receive at check in. These credentials must be worn visibly at all times while at the Summit.