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SCV Scouts celebrate at Jamboree

Posted: August 14, 2010 3:01 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Scouts celebrate the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America during a special “Shining Light Across America” show held at the National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Thousands of Scouts and visitors recently flooded into the arena at the National Scout Jamboree located at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America at the “Shining Light Across America” show. 
Nearly 70,000 people attended the show, which included a variety of entertaining events.

The pre-show show began at 5:30 p.m. with opening entertainment. While throwing Frisbees and bouncing beach balls, Scouts listened as Sarah Centeno, 14, from San Antonio, Texas, sang several songs for the audience.

Then, Scouts watched as the Armed Forces parachute team “Black Dragons” performed aerial stunts that awed the crowd.

The show officially opened at 8 p.m. with the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Honor Society.

BSA Chief Executive Scout Bob Mazzuca then spoke to the scouts.

Discovery Channel’s Mike Rowe from program “Dirty Jobs” spoke about how scouting has made such a positive influence in his life.

“A Scout is clean, but not afraid to get dirty,” said Rowe.

A live performance by the band Switchfoot included the numbers “Meant to Live” and “This is Sound.”

After the concert, Scouts lit candles and held them up to represent the Shining Light across America.

At the end of the evening all the Scouts blew out their candles simultaneously, only to have a huge firework display light up the night sky.

It was a fitting celebration of the past 100 years of scouting.

James Wilson of SCV Scout Troop 827 served as a Jamborree hometown correspondent.


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