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And they’re off! Jamboree Troop B152 Scout Joseph Hovley, 14, of Centerville, Utah, tries to catch up to his high-flying Assistant Scoutmaster Lyndon Jones on the dual course at the High Gear mountain-bike area.


tanding next to Goodrich Lake, I was tired, hungry, wet and footsore after a long day of photographing activities on the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s 10,600-acre property. I carefully chose a position on the dam to photograph the fireworks display set to begin at nightfall.


As soon as I planted my tripod, four Scouts from


Wisconsin’s Troop D346 — Alex Friesenhahn, Lucas Miller, Jacob Filippelli and Gabriel Kolegari — joined me and launched into an enthusiastic conversation about their experiences at the jamboree. (Seriously, do Scouts ever tire?) Even after a week of exhausting activity, they couldn’t stop telling me how much fun they were having, how great the jamboree is, how they couldn’t wait for the fireworks to begin and how cool it was that they still had two more days at the Summit. Fireworks illuminated the sky, sparkling off the glassy


lake. The boys sounded the appropriate “oohs” and “aahs” until the big finish when the loudspeakers played the national anthem during the biggest explosions yet. By instinct, they stopped talking, stood at attention and held the Scout salute throughout the entire grand finale. When the music silenced, one Scout turned to another and said, “I don’t know. … It just seemed like the thing to do.” The 2013 National Jamboree featured a celebration of


firsts: the first jamboree at the Summit; the first jamboree to welcome Venturing youth; the first jamboree to offer ATVs, skateboarding, pistol shooting, stand-up paddle- boarding, canopy tours, Scottish Highland games and more. For many, it was their very first jamboree. It was my first, too. And now I’m a believer. No matter what, the essence of Scouting shined


through at the 2013 jamboree. I took thousands of photos (14,275 to be exact), and it’s these images, particularly of the saluting Scouts, that will stick with me for a lifetime. ¿


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