07/13/2013 – 07/25/2013
The first day, scouts depart McDonald’s in Hanover for George Mason University in Virginia, and toured Washington D.C. at night. They visited many war memorials and the Lincoln Memorial. The next day they continued to tour D.C. visiting Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian museums. They continued on their long journey to the Jamboree. They arrived the next day. When they arrived a “creepy” guy explained the risks and hazards of the Jamboree. They set up camp after waiting on the bus for a very long time. (Old Colony Council had the patch theme of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’.) There were presentations at “the arena.” There were even celebrities at the Jamboree including Mike Rowe (from Dirty Jobs, and Ford commercials), Three Doors Down (a rock music group), and Carl XVI Gustaf (King of Sweeden). Throughout the trip, scouts could participate in high-adventure activities and merit badges. While they were there, everybody received food in boxes to bring to the campsite. At one point in the trip, scouts participated in a service project to benefit the community. C413’s service project was to go to a small town (near Beckley, WV) to scrape a fence and paint another. Afterwards they got ice cream. On the final night, there was huge fireworks display and C413 had its own popcorn. After the fireworks were over, many people sang the West Virginia folk tune ‘Country Roads.’ When they left the next day, they stopped by Hershey Park for two hours to go on rides at night. The following day, they could go again. Scouts headed back off to Hanover and “secretly” got off the bus to march and sing the song ‘Follow Me, Boys’ from the Disney movie of the same name. Everybody thought it was one of their best trips ever!