Island Talkback: Benjamin Freck on the National Scout Jamboree
The National Scout Jamboree this year was very important because it celebrated the first 100 years of scouting. Being the second smallest council in the Boy Scouts of America, Alameda Council only sent 28 scout representatives to the event. Four adult leaders were sent to represent the adult leadership of Alameda council: Patrick Kenny (Scoutmaster), Toby Anderson (Assistant Scoutmaster), Mike Murphy (Assistant Scoutmaster), and Alexander Taylor (Assistant Scoutmaster). Many thanks to these adult leaders for a great trip.
Before the National Jamboree started, there was a five-day tour of Virginia and Washington, D.C. First we went to Pennsylvania for a tour of Gettysburg, the site of one of the largest battles in the Civil War. We experienced the feeling of being in a town where roughly 23,000 casualties on each side, both the Union and the Confederates. It was one of the biggest battles in the Civil War and the turning point leading to a victory for the Union army.
Next we were off to the capitol city of Washington, D.C. We went to the National Museum of American History and the Lincoln Monument, one of the most amazing monuments of our time. But even more amazing is the monument that President Lincoln is facing, The Washington Monument. Then we went to the Capitol Building. My brother and I got a picture next to the Capitol.
Then we went to colonial Williamsburg, where we heard ghost stories about the people in the town, and to Jamestown, where we learned about the first settlement by colonials in the Americas and the relationship between the colonials and Native Americans.
Then the moment came for the National Jamboree. The first three days were basically getting used to the place and doing some activities. Then came the first arena show, where 40,000 scouts watched an amazing opening show to the National Jamboree.
There was a light show and the flag ceremony. The Golden Knights parachuted down from the sky at great speeds. Then the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets played for us, and Sgt. Slaughter and a few of his friends gave a speech. After the show ended, we all spent the rest of the Jamboree getting merit badges signed off and earning all the rockers. Then, as soon as it started, the last arena show was upon us.
The Chief Scout Executive appeared, and the President of the United States sent a video message. Eagle scout Mike Rowe gave a 20-minute speech about scouting. Honor Society came and put on a show. Switchfoot came and played songs for us and Alex Boye did a Boy Scout rap. The show ended with an amazing display of fireworks. It was especially great for my brother and I because we are directly related to the founder of Boy Scouts in America, William D. Boyce.
Being at home is great, but the experience will live in all of our minds for a long time. A big thanks to the leadership of the troop: Senior Patrol Leader Al Rosen, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Joey Johnescu, Quartermaster Harrison Freck, and Scribe Jeff Day. Patrol leaders are Angus Storm of the Eagles, Dylan Moore of the King Snakes, Andrew Altomare of the Wolf Pack, and Graham Onuffer of the Pedros.
The patrol lists are, from the Eagles: Andrew Fejt, Spencer Anderson, Marco Cazares, Sterling Gamble, Brendan Ijor, and Thomas McLean. From the King Snakes: Max Taylor, Sam Anderson, Nick Gardner, Sam Merz, Kendric Murphy, and Chris Womack. From the Wolf Pack: Scott Rude, Travis Gravelle, Andrew Hovermale, Richard Lantz, Branden Christman, and Peter Asselanis. From the Pedros: Ben Freck, Sean Kelly, Cameron Lantz, Nick Adgar, Kevin Mercado, and Alex Rocha.