Adventure of a lifetime

By on September 3, 2010

SG teen participates in the national Boy Scout Jamboree
by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—Imagine spending 10 days choosing activities from among motocross, adventure obstacle courses, rock climbing, air rifle shooting, fly fishing, conservation learning centers, canoeing and rafting, and attending rotating stages of evening entertainment. Add in trading patches and pins with kids from all around the country, and you’ll have a sense of what it was like for Andrew Carroll of Sugar Grove to attend the national Boy Scout Jamboree.

Thirty-seven-thousand Boy Scouts from all 50 states descended on Fort A.P. Hill near Washington, D.C. for a 10-day jamboree in this the 100th anniversary of scouting. Andrew, a member of Troop 7 in Elburn, went with scouts from St Charles, Batavia, and Elgin. He especially enjoyed getting to know Scouts from other states.

“This was a great way to meet people from all across America,” said Andrew, a Kaneland High School freshman. “I found that trading patches and pins was a very fun activity, and I even got a Senior Scout patch from an Egyptian scout.”

One Jamboree activity Andrew particularly liked was the adventure obstacle course. Scouts crossed the military training course by crawling under barbed wire and wrapping their legs around ropes and swinging over barriers. He also enjoyed the arena shows in which 45,000 scouts and their leaders marched to and attended wearing their Class A uniforms and carrying hometown, troop, council and American flags.

“It was an impressive sight,” he said. “The one on Saturday night had some top-name entertainment and ended with the largest fireworks display ever on a military installation. There were also many inspiring messages, which really reinforced your commitment to the Scouting movement.”

Andrew’s commitment to Scouting comes naturally. His grandfather, Bob Carroll, has been a scout all his life.

“I am an Eagle Scout, and when I was younger I couldn’t afford to go (to the Jamboree),” Carroll said. “I encourage every boy to participate as there is so much to be learned and you develop lifelong friendships through scouting.”

Carroll, along with Andrew’s mother, spent a day and a half as visitors to the Jamboree, along with 275,000 other visitors who join the celebration.

The adventure continued for the local scouts when on the trip home their flight was canceled. They spent the night sleeping on the floor of the Reagan National Airport, something that didn’t go unnoticed by NBC News.

“All in all, it was a tremendous experience,” Andrew said. “I’d like to attend the 2013 Jambo at the Summit in West Virginia. It was an adventure that I won’t ever forget.”

Photo: Andrew Carroll, of Troop 7 in Elburn, was among 37,000 Boy Scouts from all 50 states who participated in a 10-day jamboree in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting. Courtesy Photo