"We are the soundtrack of the jamboree," says Michael J. Thorp, chairman, general manager and program director of QBSA Jamboree Radio.Thorp, who has been a radio program director outside of Scouting for 40 years, organizes QBSA's daily programs.
"We give each Scout who wants to be on the air a 15-minute show," says Thorp. Througout the jamboree, Scouts and Venturers have enjoyed the opportunity to host a 15-minute show after a 30-minute class on what to report and how to run their show.
The 2013 National Scout Jamboree had a lot of remarkable people in attendance. His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, a life long Scout. TV host Mike Rowe, an Eagle Scout. There were corporate CEOs and philanthropists, teachers and scientists, artists and Olympians. All contributing to a great jamboree.
But how many had been in attendance at the 1937 National Scout Jamboree, the very first gathering of Scouts from across America?
Just one: Anthony DiSalvo.
"Days at the Summit are long and fun-filled, but the weeks fly by," said Life Scout Ryann Syvertsen of Cincinnati, Ohio, about the 2013 National Scout Jamboree experience. The event was a huge success, if the experiences of Syvertsen's troop, B225, are representative.
From the zip lines in the canopy, to scuba diving out at the Pools, the jamboree was packed with tons of activities that satisfied even the most extreme adrenaline seekers from the Buckeye State.
Life Scout Nick Lecher spent most of his time mountain biking at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. His take: "Cha brah, I was like so stoked. Bruh, hittin' those gnarly trails. Stuff was prime."
Troop C415 at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree went beyond their Messengers of Peace Day of Service project by helping to save from flood damage Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood, W. Va.
Scouts were building picnic tables, an outdoor learning space and a gravel walkway at the school when a two-hour, drenching downpour began to inundate the school building.
"I was kinda nervous," Scout Kevin Henderson admitted as he waited in line to board a whitewater raft and paddle his way down the New River.
"I came to jambo looking for fun and found it on the waves of the river," said Scout Lucas Vireday. Riding a wave of fear was not supposed to be on the list of elements for a rafting ride down the New River.