BANGOR – A group of local scouts hit the road this morning en route to the Boy Scout National Jamboree.
On Tuesday morning, 50 Scouts representing the Katahdin Area Council set out to West Virginia for the 2017 National Jamboree.
“West Virginia bound we are, to a place called Summit Bechtel,” said Tim Wakeland, Scout Master of Jamboree Troop 1103.
There, they’ll spend 10 busy days.
“There’s one of the largest zip lines on base, white water rafting, all sorts of scout activities,” said Scott Harvey, Scout Exec. of the Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts of America.
The Scouts will spend over 20 hours on the bus. Once they get to West Virginia they’ll meet up with 40,000 other Scouts from across the nation and around the world.
“They’ll get to understand what scouting is in other places, what it means to other people,” said Betsy Bradley, a Venture Crew advisor.
“There’s scouts from around the United States of America as well as from around the world, just the opportunity to feel part of the big movement of scouting and that’s what they’re all in it for,” said Harvey.
Most have never been to a Jamboree, including Jensen Aspinall.
“I’m a little nervous honestly, but it’s pretty cool,” said Aspinall, a member of the co-ed Venture Scouting Crew.
She’s the only girl going from Central Maine.
“I don’t know, I’ve just always liked camping and doing that stuff. I’ve been in Girl Scouts but Boy Scouts is a whole different experience,” said Jensen.
Over two years of planning and fundraising went into this trip.
“Now’s the time it all pays off,” said Harvey.
After loading up, checking in, and saying their goodbyes, they were off on a new scouting adventure.
“After just a couple of weeks I’ve seen them come together and interact as a family, so 1103 is our family for the next twelve days,” said Connor Roy, a Senior Patrol Leader.
The Scouts will return on Sunday July 30.