Before many area residents got their morning paper Monday, and well before the sun cracked through the night sky, 118 Scouts and Scout volunteers loaded up on buses at 3:30 a.m. for a 6 a.m. arrival at the National Boy Scout Jamboree, where they joined nearly 40,000 other Scouts and volunteers at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.
The 106 Boy Scouts making up the three troops of the Shenandoah Area Council Jamboree Contingent come from throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The young men have been preparing for this day for nearly 18 months.
For more information about the jamboree, go to http://www.bsajamboree.org.
The Scouts have gone through a rigorous selection process, spent countless hours in troop meetings, and several weekends setting up and camping in their Jamboree equipment so they can be familiar with the set up they will be in for the next 10 days.