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.
Marking the end of preparation for tomorrow's arrival of 30,000 Scouts and Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a special program is scheduled exclusively for jamboree staff tonight at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (July 14) at the AT&T Stadium. A special, surprise performer is expected to wow the roughly 6,000 staff members in attendance.
"Bring a smile and be ready to have fun," says Ramsay Ellis, the administration and logistics manager for Stadium Experience.
Cameras are welcome, but Ellis recommends only bringing chairs with no legs. "It creates a line of sight issue," says Ellis.
In addition to the surprise performance, the Mark Rivera Band will appear. Mark Rivera played with Ringo Starr in his band, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
While at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, participants and staff will walk everywhere, surrounded by West Virginia wilderness. Everyone might, thererfore, meet the animals native to the habitat. Over 600 animal species dwell here. These include more than 57 species of amphibians and reptiles, 70 wild mammals, 178 species of fish and nearly 300 species of birds. As in any other camp, participants should avoid bothering the animals.
Most animals at the Summit are not dangerous. Many of them, like deer and squirrels, will flee from people. Others, like raccoons, will sneak around and steal leftover food and trash. However, a few animals, if they feel threatened, can harm people.