August 11 - Jamboree Troop 1507

Celebrating Scouting's 100th anniversary, thousands of Boy Scouts gathered at Fort AP Hill, Virginia, this summer for their National Jamboree.  Forty Scouters from Southwest Louisiana got to attend.

It's a huge event," said Jamboree Troop 1507 Scoutmaster Frank "Flash" Williams.  "It's really a great privilege for us all to go.  There were only 36 Scouts and 4 adults from the 5 parish area who got to go.  There were 45,000 Scouts and Scouters from across the country who were there."

The Boy Scouts not only cooked and camped outdoors, but enjoyed rafting, canoeing, kayaking and shooting sports.

"It was amazing," said Matthew Berry.   "I'd never even thought of being together with that many different people.  Everybody else runs their troops differently, so I thought it was really cool how we could all come together and have one big jamboree."

One popular event was patch trading.

"The code of patch trading is a patch for a patch and we have our council strips that we order a lot of and we trade other councils for their council strip," said troop member Zach DeFelice, who, by the way, is going to the World Jamboree in Sweden next year.  "You get different designs and different sizes and colors."

The Boy Scouts even broke a record.

"They broke the Guinness world record for most consecutive yo-yoers," said Berry.  "I was part of that.  That was probably my favorite thing."

They're home now, but they'll carry this memory for a lifetime.