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Area Boy Scouts return from jamboree

Mason-Dixon Council group spent 10 days at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

August 09, 2010
  • Front row, from left, Shawn Schaefer, Cody Rippeon, Connor Weibley, Andrew Burns, Jack Fowler, Austin Maurer, Aaron Koons and Chris Werder. Second row, from left, Colton Duvall, Chad Shindle, Ethan Mower, Trent Gates, Andrew Meighen, Will Russell, Eric Witmer, Robbie Koons, Jarret Stepler, Jared Banzhoff and Grant Starkey. Back row, from left, Joe Mellott, David Paddack, David Mellott, Christian Rudisill, Eric Reiss, Ryan Hissong, Alex Brown, C.J. Etter, Richard Mounts, Micheal Bivens, Alex Tibbens, Blake Frain, Ben Seibert, Devon Little, Matt Smith, Josh Bickle, Quinn Hover, Kevin Horejs, Ben Troupe and Gary Hill.
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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.

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"For our son to be a part of this 100-year celebration and to be a part of the Scouts is just a great, great opportunity," said Karen Horejs of Greencastle, Pa., whose son, Kevin, attended the jamboree.

ver, Kevin Horejs, Ben Troupe and Gary Hill.

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