Parents and siblings welcomed the return of 36 Boy Scouts and four adult leaders at the Mason-Dixon Council office this past week.
The Scouts from the Hagerstown area spent 10 days with thousands of other Scouts at the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.
"The Scouts had been preparing and looking forward to the jamboree for nearly two years", said Scott Smoot, the council's vice president of program. "It is an event the boys will always remember."
Jamborees are "usually the highlight of their Scouting career," said Smoot, who volunteered to work as a staff member at the jamboree. The Scouts had a wonderful time learning new skills and trying activities like rock climbing, he said. They lived in tents and cooked their own meals, but they also had time to trade patches, check out military equipment and demonstrations and work toward earning merit badges.
Part of this year's jamboree included a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Scouting. A July 31 show included musical performances and an appearance by television personality - and Eagle Scout - Mike Rowe.