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2015 WORLD JAMBOREE Plan Your Island Getaway


The next World Scout Jamboree will be held July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015, in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan. That’s a long way from the USA. But Charles Dahlquist, the BSA’s world jamboree chairman, says the American contingent should feel right at home in the great jamboree tradition. “The host country always tries to include some local


culture, but much of the experience is social, getting to know fellow Scouts from different parts of the world and finding there are many more similarities than dif- ferences,” Dahlquist says. Nor should American Scouts expect language bar-


riers to be a problem. Visiting Tokyo recently, Roger Schrimp, chairman of the international committee, says, “We found that most people understood us well enough to communicate,” and many signs were also in English. (And don’t forget those cool translation apps for your phone.) The cost for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree will be $5,750, which includes airfare from a commercial airport near the Scout’s


or Scouter’s home, all ground transportation, insurance and a tour of either Tokyo or Osaka. “The Japanese have a culture they’re very proud of, so we’ll be seeing some castles and temples,” Schrimp says. “But we’ll also be looking at things the kids are inter- ested in, like anime.” Adults who want to attend the WSJ can work as staff for a price of $2,000, which does not include airfare. More details and signup at scouting.org/worldjamboree.


ART APPRECIATION Honoring Ernest Thompson Seton


Veteran artist Susan Norris of Raton, N.M., came to Philmont Scout Ranch looking for inspiration. She found it — and now she’s giving back to Scouting. Last year Norris, a painter for 35 years, spent time at the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library. Though she didn’t know who Ernest Thompson Seton was at the time, she experienced “an epiphany moment” when she saw Seton’s painting Triumph of the Wolves. Instantly, she knew she wanted to honor the Scouting icon with a sculpture. “I felt a real kinship with him as an artist, a hunter and a con- servationist,” Norris says. After showing preliminary sketches of The Wonder of Discovery


(featuring two figures, Seton and a Scout) and The King of the Currumpaw (modeled after Seton’s story of Lobo) to John Clark, Philmont’s general manager, Norris presented clay models to the Ranch Committee. “I wanted to go the extra mile so they could see what I was planning on,” she says. The extra work paid off when Norris received a commission to create


life-size bronze sculptures of the works as part of the expansion of the Philmont Museum. She hopes to finish all three by the end of the year. “I’m very passionate about this,” Norris says. “It feels so good to do it. I love Scouting and my association with Scouting.”


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