"Wheelchair basketball is challenging, but fun. It really makes you think about how people deal with this every day," said Ryan Hartzell of Rochester, N.Y. after he finished playing one of many games arranged for Scouts and Venturers to try out at the Disability Awareness area at Action Point. Other activities include blind run, a cane maze, one-armed volleyball and a walker accuracy course.
Reporter Graham Webb presents Jamboree Today's day four recap of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. See more videos at youtube.com/jamboreetoday.
The Park is the size of an aircraft carrier and is ranked No. 2 in the world for outdoor skate facilities, says Aaron Spohn, founder of Spohn Ranch Skateparks. It is also one of the first to identify specific areas for varying skill levels – green, blue, and black diamond.
It all began when the Boy Scouts of America called Spohn two years ago: "We want to build the biggest sports facility in the country; can you be here in two weeks?"
"There's no such thing as waste," says merit badge counselor Scott Harmon about the new Sustainability merit badge was unveiled on July 15 at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Scouts will have the opportunity to earn up to two-thirds of the badge during the week.
"We're using three planets, and we don't have three planets," says Harmon. He says the way humans are currently using resources on Earth creates a destructive cycle of waste that can be avoided. The Sustainability merit badge helps Scouts learn about sustainable solutions to these problems. The lessons are the basis for teaching Scouts how to bring sustainability back to their families and communities.