Local Boy Scouts to join 60,000 others scouts at new camp

Local Boy Scouts to join 60,000 others scouts at new adventure camp

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"It's really big stuff that's going to be happening," said scout Matthew Lloyd. "It's going to be a lot more high adventure base. More climbing and high tech shooting and ziplining this time." "It's really big stuff that's going to be happening," said scout Matthew Lloyd. "It's going to be a lot more high adventure base. More climbing and high tech shooting and ziplining this time."
He's told me all about it, but I don't even know because it's at a different place and everything is just so big," said first timer John Klett. "I'm just really excited." He's told me all about it, but I don't even know because it's at a different place and everything is just so big," said first timer John Klett. "I'm just really excited."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A group of local Boy Scouts left Monday for the single largest gathering of scouts in the country. It's the National Jamboree and this year it has a new home that promises some big adventures.

Two hundred local scouts met at West Town Mall where they boarded several large busses to head to West Virginia, where they will join almost 60,000 other troops from across the country.

"You feel so small compared to all those, but then you're all in the brotherhood of scouting and there's people from different countries there," said scout Matthew Lloyd. "There's people from different states. It's very culturally diverse."    

The Jamboree only happens every few years and Matthew Lloyd is lucky enough to have taken part before. This time, though, it's a whole new ball game.

"It's really big stuff that's going to be happening," said Lloyd. "It's going to be a lot more high adventure base. More climbing and high tech shooting and ziplining this time."

The Scouts will be debuting it's fourth high adventure base and now permanent home for future Jamborees. It will also provide year round training for future scout leaders.

First timer John Klett says even though his older brother prepped him for what to expect, the new location is a little intimidating. 

"He's told me all about it, but I don't even know because it's at a different place and everything is just so big," said Klett. "I'm just really excited."

Scout leader and longtime Boy Scout Chris Clepper is also a first-time attendee.

"When I was a scout, they had one in 1977 that I wasn't able to go to it then, so I'm really excited about going to this one," said Clepper.

The scouts are not only loading up the supplies they're going to need for the next ten days, but they are also loading up canned foods and non-perishables that they are taking as part of the Scouting for Food program that all the scouts from around the country are participating in.

The first Jamboree was held in Washington DC back in 1935. There have only been fifteen since then, with the last one was in 2010.

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