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COUNTDOWN TO 2013 An Elevated Status


With the biggest, best jamboree ever less than a year away, Scouters should be ready for some key differences between the Summit Bechtel Reserve and the Fort A.P. Hill site, says National Jamboree Director Larry Pritchard. The first difference? Well, there’s a reason West Virginia is called the Mountain State. “The terrain here is steeper and more dif-


ficult than A.P. Hill,” Pritchard says. “The typical camper and staff member will walk somewhere between two and four miles a day, and some of that will be on hills.” That means good shoes or boots are a must. “If you do have some kind of physical dis-


ability that presents a challenge, we hope you’ve already let your council and us know about it so we can make arrangements for you to have a great jamboree experience,” Pritchard says. Average temperatures at the Summit are


about 10 degrees cooler than A.P. Hill, and Scouters will probably see a day or two with rain. So pack extra shoes and lightweight rain gear. Lower humidity at the Summit means conditions should be pretty comfortable. Find more about registration, gear, and physical conditioning at summit.scouting.org.


NEED TO KNOW No Party Favors Here


With the presidential election approaching, Scouters should dust off the guidelines on Scout participation at political rallies. David Burke, BSA communications specialist, notes that Scouts can perform a flag ceremony at a political campaign event, but immediately after that ceremony they should leave the site or stay, if they wish—but not in uniform. The point is to avoid any suggestion that the BSA supports a particular political candi-


date or party. Burke says this fine line is harder to walk during an election year, especially after August when both parties have chosen their candidates. A presidential visit is a special case in itself. “The fact that you’re invited to hear the


president speak does not mean you support a particular party or candidate,” Burke says. “You’re there to listen to the president of the United States as our nation’s leader.” However, once the president is announced as a candidate during an election year, the above rules apply.


10 S COUTING ¿ SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2012


UPDATE Ready To Air It Out?


All systems are go for Kayaking and Search and Rescue merit badges, and major revisions are in gear to add a mountain biking option to the Cycling merit badge. Find requirements, release info, and other merit badges coming soon at bit.ly/newmeritbadges.


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