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2010 To Be Last Fort A.P. Hill Jamboree
Posted on March 15th, 2008 in BSA Info, Jamborees by ramore

 

I heard this from a friend of mine, Jay Lenrow, that the upcoming 2010 100th Anniversary of BSA Jamboree will be the last one to be held at Fort A. P. Hill. Jay and I were Council Presidents of our respective councils when participating in Philmont Key-3 Training Conference. Since then we’ve kept in touch at National Meetings and other gatherings.

 

Here’s what Jay had to say. What is your reaction?

 

I can officially tell you that the rumors you have heard are true. The 2010 National Jamboree will be the last one to be held at Fort A.P. Hill. There is a committee of volunteers that has been appointed by Rick Cronk, the National President, to find a permanent home for the National Jamboree that will be owned by the BSA. They are currently looking at many properties.

 

Because this will be our last time ?at the Hill,? the Army has told us that there is no chance of adding any new subcamps beyond what we had in 2005. This means that there may be many potential Scouts left out because they did not sign up fast enough. We anticipate that there will be tremendous interest in this ?100th Anniversary? Jamboree so my recommendation to potential unit leaders, Scouts, and staffers is to get your name in early or risk not getting a spot.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Jay

 

 

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I’ve been hearing this rumor for the last few years so I have a feeling that its true. I knew they were looking for alternative sites that they could purchase and develop.

Personally I think its a shame. Ft. A.P. Hill is a great site and the location allows for awesome sight seeing before hand. For some Scouts its the only time they will visit the Nations Capital.

With that said, I also understand the reasoning…

We will see.

By missingarrow on March 30th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

C’mon now. Fort AP Hill is an AWFUL place to have to spend two weeks. The weather is nasty in July and August–hot, humid, and full of thunderstorms. It’s a bunch of grassy fields and dusty roads with a handful of small stands of trees scattered hither and yon. The Jamboree itself is the only reason to go–you’d certainly never go there for the scenery, the weather, or the camping opportunities.

By Tegularius on March 31st, 2008 at 2:01 am

Any where you go in July/August except Alaska is going to be hot and dry. I was riding the bus into Washington DC with a Troop from Oklahoma going to the Jamboree and I spotted the Capital Dome out of the Window. When I pointed it out to the boys I never expected the rush to look out the window. None of the boys had ever been to Washington. I felt that that experience of touring Washington was as important as the Jamboree. If they can afford the land they need to keep the Jamboree in a close proxcimity to Washington. I know it is a long trip for the West Coast Scouts.

BigJim

By BigJim on April 1st, 2008 at 3:18 am

BigJim wrote: When I pointed it out to the boys I never expected the rush to look out the window.
BigJim

I’m glad the bus didn’t roll over…….:D

By OkiePatchTrader on April 9th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Tegularius wrote: It’s a bunch of grassy fields and dusty roads with a handful of small stands of trees scattered hither and yon.

Unless the Jamboree is turned into a conference type event held at a campus/hotel location any site will be grassy fields and dirt roads. Putting that many people in one spot will not happen in a forest- if it does the forest won’t last long.

The Jamboree itself is the only reason to go–you’d certainly never go there for the scenery, the weather, or the camping opportunities.

I’d have to disagree with this too… A lot of people go to Virginia on vacations and such. The Nation’s Capital is right there providing excellent pre and post trip sights seeing. Local Troops also camp at A.P. year round. I’ve also been there outside of the jamboree but that was thanks to Uncle Sam.

By missingarrow on May 30th, 2008 at 3:45 am

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