BURKE’ President and CEO, Jack Burke, just returned from the Boy Scout Association’s National Jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in West Virginia from July 15 to July 24.
“The last 10 days will impact many of these scouts for the rest of their lives. They learned new skills, met new friends and pushed past their own limits and personal bests to create lifelong memories. It was an honor to work these young men and be a part of their growth as upcoming leaders,” said Burke.
This year’s Jamboree brought 50,000 Boy Scouts, volunteers and staff from all over the country to celebrate scouting and outdoor adventure. The Mecklenburg County Council of Scouting sent four contingent troops made up of multiple local troops. Jack served as a regional Scoutmaster for one of the four contingent troops, Troop A203, to attend the Jamboree. His troop represented approximately 12 different Mecklenburg County local troops, including members from his own local Calvary Church troop, Troop 7.
“I am so proud of our 144 Scouts and 16 leaders who represented Charlotte at the Boy Scout National Jamboree this month. This once in a life time trip has been in the planning stages for more than two years and our Scouts had a great time. We are teaching leadership skills and building strong leaders for our communities in the future,” said Mark Turner, Scout Executive for the Mecklenburg County Council of Scouting.
The 2013 Jamboree was considered to be the most physically challenging since the first Jamboree in 1937. Held at The Summit, this year’s event served as the grand opening as the new permanent home of the Jamboree. The 10,600 acre high-adventure reserve featured a variety of activities, special events and merit badges for scouts to participate in including a 1,000 foot zip line, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skate park, BMX biking, mountain biking and archery, among many others.
Jack’s favorite activity? Paddle Boarding and Scuba diving with his son, Alan, who is STAR rank with their local Troop 7 at Calvary Church. “It was our first experience scuba diving together, and now my son wants to get certified together!”
For more information about the National Jamboree, visit http://summit.scouting.org
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