07/30/10 — Scouts continue activities despite inclement weather

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Scouts continue activities despite inclement weather

By David Joyner
Published in News on July 30, 2010 1:46 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- Unpredictable weather plagued participants at the Boy Scout National Jamboree on Thursday.

After a morning of cool breezes, Scouts spent the afternoon running from shelter to shelter hoping to avoid rain showers, which almost shut down several events.

Between showers, the scouts were working on "rockers," which are earned when a scout completes a set of activities.

Because of the rain, many scouts opted to avoid events which involved water, such as kayaking or scuba-diving, knowing they would be the first to close.

Popular events included bow-and-arrow shooting, memorabilia branding, and mountain boarding, in which Scouts rode down fairly steep, grassy hills on foot steering vehicles resembling skateboards.

Earlier, the contingent of campers from the Tuscarora Council attended a session on CPR. One of the Jamboree's goals is to set a Guinness world record for the most people training in CPR at one time.

With the 10-day Jamboree nearly half over, Scouts are rushing to finish all the activities they want to complete. Lines grow ever longer, Scouts become more experienced and the bonds of the Scouting brotherhood grow even stronger.