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integrate girls in here, because we really enjoy it,” Welles said. “I feel like they thought we’d all be really sissy and can’t do anything. But we’re really showing them that we can do it, too.” Gerald Kiste, a Scouter from the

Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council in Michigan, agrees. Kiste notes that a frequent excuse in the past for keeping girls out of the jamboree was the fear of teenage boys and girls camping in close proximity. But he doesn’t foresee any problems at next summer’s big event. In his experience, it’s simply not a concern. “I find that the youth in Scouting

know the morals and the ways of being Scouts,” Kiste said. “They’re all here just to do one thing, and that’s have fun.”

IN SPITE OF SOME unique challenges facing Scouters and Scouts at the new West Virginia site, Shakedown participants all seemed to agree on at least one thing: Young or old, boy or girl, wheelchair user or not, those who attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree can create exactly the type of experience they want. Troops and crews will, of course,

have programmed activities, includ- ing a service project and hike to the Summit’s summit: Garden Ground. But just like at past jamborees, the 10-day event will offer plenty of free time for Scouts who want to try

their favorite high-adventure activity. Science fans, fishing buffs, archery afi- cionados, and patch traders (see Page 27) also will find experiences designed specifically for them. And, like so many Scouting outings, if the Scouts have fun, the adults will too. Take Scouter Jerry Dold, for

instance. As a child, Dold’s family couldn’t afford to send him to the 1977 jamboree. He made up for it, attending the 2010 jamboree and taking Scouts on Philmont treks and Northern Tier excursions. “It’s been my goal to get these kids to do high adventure,” Dold said. Now, 35 years after the jamboree he missed, the Scouter from the Bay Lakes Council is among the first characters in the next chapter of the BSA’s jamboree story. And this chapter, he said, is unlike the one before. “If you’re used to Fort A.P. Hill,”

Dold explained, “they’ve been saying to be in shape [for 2013], and that’s absolutely true. Just look around— we’re living in the mountains. From the campsite to the activities, you go down the mountain and [then] back up the mountain. It’s strenuous. But it’s the same concept of being in shape for Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base. And [the Summit is] just as fabulous.” If the trial runs at the Summit

Shakedown proved any indication, adults like Dold should be both

physically and mentally prepared. Michael Hardebeck, who helmed “rolling sports” (skateboarding, BMX, and mountain biking) said that rather than focus on getting Scouts on and off the course as quickly as possible, staff members like him and “Big Dog” Canady, were offering lessons Scouts can take away. Hardebeck, a Scouter from the

Far East Council in Japan, noted the volunteer staff’s “passion to deliver an experience. It’s not like, ‘Here, kid, take a ride.’ They’re teaching them,” he said. “It’s a whole different skill-set, and they’re all dedicated to teaching the kids how to be successful.” That process also includes Scouts

with absolutely no experience. “Some teenage boys out here had never ridden a bicycle, and these guys are running behind them like Dad with a 5-year-old holding onto the back of the bike in the rain,” he said. “And it’s all for the Scouts. Three of those kids came back and were riding the trails the same day,” Hardebeck said, smiling. “Those are the victories.” ¿

BRYAN WENDELL is Scouting magazine’s Senior Editor.


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