August Newsletter for the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America
August 2019 Tarheel Scouter
Dear Scouts and Scouters:

School starts this month.  Fall recruiting will be in full swing in a few weeks. Time to invite boys and girls to join the adventures of Scouting. Same program, activities, and advancement. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors about Scouting and the positive affect it has on your Scout. Wouldn’t your friends want the same for their children?
 
I had the great fortune to visit the 24 th World Scout Jamboree in July in West Virginia. Just a fantastic experience! Seeing 45,000 Scouts from nearly 160 countries living and interacting together without a concern for race, religion, or political background was awe inspiring. They were just Scouts meeting new friends, learning about each other’s countries and cultures, trying native foods, and trading neckerchiefs, t-shirts, and patches. Read more in the article in the Tarheel Scouter .
 
Details are just coming out about the 2021 National Scout Jamboree . Stay tuned!
 
A Scout I know, Tyler F., just passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review. His proud parents posted the milestone of Facebook. I thought one comment was particularly powerful: “When I was a young, underachieving Scout, I remember how our leaders would tell us that ‘when people see Eagle Scout on your resume, they instantly know they can rely on you.’ Now that I’m a grownup, I know it’s true.”
 
Start gearing up for the fall with some important events :
·          Popcorn sales – Aug 27-Nov 4. Fund your entire year of Scouting with one sale!
·          Camp Boddie Fall Family Cub Weekend – Oct 4-6. Fun for the whole family!
·          Camp Charles Cub Family Campout – Nov 1-3. More fun for the whole family!
·          Cub Scout Leader Training – Nov 9 & 16. Add pizzazz to your Cub Scout activities.
 
We had two camp staff members this summer who used to live in eastern NC but moved last year to the southwest. They came back to work at Camp Boddie. I received the following their mother recently:
 
“Hey!  Thank you for providing a safe place for us to send our kids every summer!  (Child) is already politicking to go back next summer – and we aren’t even home yet! As a mom, it was hard having my children 2,000 miles away, but they knew they were safe and so did we.   Thanks!”
 
Thanks for your support. Continue to share the good that Scouting does for youth in our communities . Tell your friends, share on social media, write a letter to the editor of your local paper, speak at a local civic club. We need to let the world know Scouting changes lives for the better!
 
Forty-eight Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts are learning new leadership skills this month at National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) . Fantastic course! I encourage all troops, crews, and ships to send qualified Scouts next year. The results will amaze you.
 
 Please check out (and like) our council Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eccbsa and encourage others to do the same. Here’s another resource for sharing good Scouting stories: www.bsaparents.com BSA Parents is a 501c(4) not-for-profit that was started by parents of Scouts and friends of the BSA. They help tell the stories of Scouts and the important role Scouting plays in our communities and in our country.

I’d appreciate your feedback on what you think or ideas you’d like to share. Please email me at doug.brown@scouting.org. I’ll see you on the trail.


In service,


Doug Brown, Jr.
Scout Executive / CEO

YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING 2.0 (YPT2) RELEASED
On February 1, 2018, the Boy Scouts of America released updated youth protection training, called YPT2. There is now only one YPT training for all levels of Scouting adults from Cub Scouts through our young adult programs. This is the one designated Youth Protection Training for all adults.
 
The mandatory training is closed captioned and includes three modules covering the following:
·          Overview and Policies
·          Sexual Abuse
·          Bullying
 
YPT2 is accessible from a my.Scouting.org account, but BSA registration is not required to take the training. BSA chartering organization members are welcome to take the training free of charge. The training certificate will only be available for printing after completing the three required training modules and passing the test which completes the Youth Protection Training. The training certificate must accompany a new BSA adult application.
YPT UPDATED MARCH 1
Updated Training
At the end of February, the online Youth Protection course was replaced with an updated version. 

This update includes new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February 2018 , however our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The on-line version of the Guide to Safe Scouting is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.
 
Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two-year period.
 
Four new VOLUNTARY modules were added and are available under the “VOLUNTARY programs” heading. These include:
1.     Physical Abuse
2.     Neglect
3.     Emotional Abuse
4.     Witnessing Violence
 
These new VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse.

Leaders who had any of the prior YPT modules in progress, but not completed, had their progress lost when the course was updated. For example, if a leader had completed one, two, or three of the four modules, but had not completed all four, their completed modules were erased and they have to start over again to complete all four required modules. 

If you already completed the Youth Protection Training since February 1, 2018, you are not affected and do not have to complete YPT until your current certification is due for renewal.
YPT Videos
Help Scouts Protect Themselves
The Boy Scouts of America produced two age appropriate videos designed to educate boys about child abuse and how to protect themselves.

The video, A Time to Tell, is for boys 11 years of age and older. It Happened to Me is designed for boys ages 6 to 9 years of age. These videos are an important part of the BSA’s Youth Protection training. The videos present common situations in which sexual abuse might occur and emphasize the BSA’s “three Rs” of Youth Protection.

Each Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack are encouraged to show the age appropriate video to its members once a year .

It is important that we all recognize that child sexual abuse is a serious problem in our society and that Scouts are prepared to take appropriate steps to protect themselves if they, or their friends, are confronted by a person who attempts to put them in a situation where sexual abuse could occur. Nobody expects that Scouts are going to be sexually abused. However, just as we learn first aid skills to prepare ourselves in case we ever need to use them, we also need to learn about sexual abuse.

Leaders are encouraged to view the appropriate video and read the discussion guide before showing to Scouts at a pack or troop meeting. There are difficult, yet realistic, scenarios presented in the videos. Parents are encouraged to participate as well.

The videos may purchased from the East Carolina Council Scout Shop of ordered from www.scoutstuff.org . The troop leader discussion guide may be found online at: www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/boy-scout/ .  The pack leader discussion guide may be found online at: www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cub-scout/ .
ENC Boy Scouts return from first World Scout Jamboree in U.S. in 53-years
A Scout is Friendly
EASTERN CAROLINA, NC (WITN)   Aug 2, 2019.  Forty Boy Scouts from troops here in eastern Carolina returned home Friday evening from the first World Scout Jamboree held in the United States since 1966.
The scouts, ages 14-17, spent more than two weeks in West Virginia meeting other troops from all over the world.
They did a lot of learning about the cultures of other countries at the event and made memories they'll have forever.
Boy Scout Ian Meredith of Greenville says, "We got to see tons of different cultures and different kinds of scouts and it was really interesting to see how they did things differently from us."
Jerry Jones, Troop 233 Scout Master says, "It was a great opportunity for these kids here in America to be part of something that they won't see until they're my age."
Scouts from nearly 160 countries attended the jamboree. ENC scout Riley Brown says, "This hat I got from some kids from Sweden. I think it's really cool."
This is the first year female scouts have been allowed to join the jamboree from America, but Jones says it's long been a co-ed event.
For scouts like Brown and his younger brother Garrett, the differences between cultures wasn't always what stood out, because scouting united them.
Garrett Brown says, "You might have your differences here and there but you can work around those."
One of the activities at the jamboree was cultural exchange day and those local scouts served eastern Carolina BBQ to share some of our culture with those scouts from all over the world
The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in South Korea in 2023.
Local Female Scout among first at Jamboree
Brandon Davis The Free Press
After a 3-day meet and greet, Emily Bogan stepped on a bus with her uniform, backpack – and no hesitation – as one of the first 312 females from the U.S. to attend the World Scout Jamboree with the Scouts of America.
A member of Scout BSA and rising sophomore at North Lenoir High School, 15-year-old Emily met the Scouts BSA Troop 252 at Camp Barnhardt near Charlotte. Emily introduced herself to a female Scout from Jacksonville and 60 other girls from the Southern Region troop.
They boarded the bus and headed to the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
The Jamboree lasted from July 21 to August 2 with 45,000 Scouts from 160 countries. The 62 Southern Region Scouts BSA females from NC, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas and Virginia participated with girls from other states and other countries, making up 40 percent of the Scouts at Jamboree. The total Scouts, girls and boys, from the U.S. was 5,500.
“It didn’t feel any different being a girl in a Boy Scout troop because all of the other countries had Scouts that were girls,” Emily said.
 “Jamboree was an amazing experience where I got to meet people, cultures and different religions from all over the world,” Emily said. “I made so many amazing friends.”
Not only did Emily learn culture and religions, she also went zip lining, white water rafting and BMX riding.
“I would go back in a heartbeat,” she said. “I’m already saving my money for the next World Scout Jamboree in South Korea in 2023.”
Council Member-At-Large and Executive Board Nominations
In the service of others
In accordance with the bylaws of the East Carolina Council, BSA, the Council Annual Business Meeting and election of new Council members-at-large and Executive Board members will be Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
 
Members of the local council may submit names for consideration to Nominating Committee Chair John Leighton. Please mail nominations to: East Carolina Council Nominating Committee; PO Box 1698; Kinston, NC 28503.
Recommendations must be made in writing and should include a brief biography of the person and reasons why you believe they should be considered for a position as a Council members-at-large or Executive Board member. Recommendations must be received no later than October 1, 2019.
 
The Council Executive Board is the governing body of the East Carolina Council and provides leadership, guidance and oversight to the finances, programs, properties and membership of the Scouting program.
 
Individuals are selected because of their standing in the community and their interest in Scouting. Members-at-large should reflect the various business, labor, civic, educational, religious, cultural, generational, and ethnic interests of the council territory. Responsibilities include:
 
1.       Provide support and guidance in following the strategic plan of the council.
2.       Vote on council operational policies and procedures.
3.       Help provide a quality program to all chartered organizations.
4.       Serve on one or more council committees to carry out the functions of the Council related to finances, programs, properties, unit service and membership / relationships of the Scouting program.
Leader Training
***ATTENTION: Position-specific training courses for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (Scouts BSA) are being updated and will be available January 2, 2019. Any progress on current training materials will not carry over to the new learning plan so plan to complete any in-progress training before December 31, 2018.***
LIVE Training Courses – register and see flyers at: http://www.eccbsa.org/Event%20Flyers


CONTINUING ED – Monthly at your district Roundtable
EVERY Scout DESERVES A TRAINED LEADER.
We believe that every Scout deserves a trained leader. We want to make sure that you understand how Scouting works and that you're properly equipped to deliver a fun and fulfilling program to our youth. The Boy Scouts of America provides a wealth of training opportunities at every level of Scouting. Whether you're a first-time Cub leader or a high adventure veteran, there's a training course for you. Continual learning is a key to the success of our programs.

YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING
Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse.

CUBMASTER AND ASSISTANT CUBMASTER POSITION TRAINING intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training as well as Youth Protection, and Weather Hazards training are considered “trained” for both positions.

DEN LEADER POSITION TRAINING provides Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout den leader training, along with Youth Protection training and Weather Hazards training are considered trained for their position.

SCOUTMASTER POSITION TRAINING provides Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, must also complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), Youth Protection Training, and Weather Hazards Training in order to be "trained" for those positions. The Outdoor course must be taken in during a course held by a district or council. The Outdoor course is required to be considered fully trained.

VENTURING ADVISOR AND ASSOCIATE POSITION TRAINING provides an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience

merit badge counselor training provides an introduction to the responsibilities, and advancement guidelines used by merit badge counselors, who also must take Youth Protection Training

BASIC LEADER – WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role?
Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses -      Basic Leader Requirements


Where do I find out about live courses if I missed Roundtable in my district? Training Courses and other events are also listed on the East Carolina Council Website. To register for live training go to the Council home page at www.eccbsa.org and click on Event Flyers.

LIVE Outdoor Skills training SOME COURSES MUST BE DONE LIVE:

baloo – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, an instructor led course that is required of a minimum of one adult leader on pack family campouts and Webelos Den Camping. An online training component is required prior to participating.

IOLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops in order to be considered “trained”.

Fundamentals of Training – required training for Unit Trainers, and district/council training team members

The Trainers EDGE – required for Wood Badge and NYLT Staff and continuing education for Trainers after taking Fundamentals of Training.

STEM Nova Counselor Training – to provide training for STEM Nova counselors
STEM Supernova Mentor Training – self study course available at https://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

ADVANCED TRAINING
Wood Badge – an advanced national leadership course for Scouting volunteers and professionals. For more see the ECC home page and click on Wood Badge under Quick Links

ONLINE SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING – PROGRAM SAFETY
Exploring Ride-Along Safety
Hazardous Weather Training
Safe Swim Defense
Safety Afloat
Trek Safely
Climb on Safely
Drive Safely

continue learning by
Viewing current and archived podcasts for Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting

Attending Roundtable – from the home page click on districts to locate information on your local roundtable meetings held monthly. These meetings are held to give out information, provide useful program enhancements, discuss relevant Scouting topics, fellowship with other Scouters, and to learn and well as to share ideas, techniques and more.
BALOO Training
Leader Outdoor Skills
When: 20-21 September
Where:A Time for Science, Grifton, NC

Sign up via tentaroo.

Contact Darcy Guill for more information.

Flier can be found here.
Leave No Trace Trainer Couse
Being Conservation Minded!
Where: Camp Hatcher
When: 4-6 October

This training will qualify you to teach Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops (LNT101) as well as assist a master educator on future Leave No Trace Trainer courses. The course is limited to 12 participants. Youth may attend – but must be 14 years of age or older. This course requires you to camp overnight and covers the seven Leave No Trace principles, wildland ethics, and gives the participants the tools and techniques necessary for teaching low-impact skills to recreationists and the scouting community. Each participant will teach a LNT principle during the course of the weekend. The cost is $35.00 which includes a cracker barrel, insurance, training materials, and recognition items. MEALS ARE NOT PROVIDED – PLEASE PLAN TO BRING YOUR OWN FOOD.

Need a minium of 5 participants, max is 12. Brian Snow can be contacted here for more information

Flier can be found here.
Endowments
Going Home
Honor of Vernon Michelle

From:
Annette West
Claude Kennedy
Johnnie R Mosley
Carleton D Nix
Donald B Boldt
Harriet Herring
George Whitfield


Honor of Dan Perry
From       Dr Phil Sanders

Popcorn Update
What's Popping!
After much research and review, East Carolina Council will be utilizing Camp Master Popcorn for its fall popcorn sale in 2019.
 
Camp Master is a brand of Ramsey Popcorn, from Ramsey, Indiana. Founded in 1944, Ramsey is family owned and operated. Ramsey created the Camp Master brand to support Scouting fund raising over 15 years ago, currently serving just over 50 councils. Nearly every employee at Camp Master is a registered Scouter or a Scout parent.
 
Camp Master is organizing an exclusive popcorn sales training for all packs, troops, crews, ships, and posts. This training features Michael Beck, a nationally known sales recruiter. Michael is the father of two Scouts. Units who participate in his training session and follow his sales techniques have seen their sales grow over 10%. One unit in Pennsylvania had their sale grow from $1,500 to $80,000!  The location is still being coordinated, but the Michael Beck will be in the East Carolina Council on Thursday, May 23.
In researching popcorn vendors, every council cited they enjoyed working with Camp Master for many reasons. The top reason given was Camp master offers fantastic customer service. As a family owned and operated company, they take pride in personal contact. Council representatives or unit kernels are welcome to call and receive help at any time.
 
Camp Master offers a unique variety of popcorn like other vendors. Popcorn comes in bags, boxes, and collector’s tins popular with so many customers. They have online ordering and a mobile sales app for use on smart phones. As always, Scout prizes and incentives are still available. Unit commissions will be similar.

Additional information can be seen here.
Additional in this flier.
Scouter Code of Conduct
 
On my honor I promise to do my best to comply with this Boy Scouts of America Scouter Code of Conduct while serving in my capacity as an adult leader:
1.     I have or will complete my registration with the Boy Scouts of America, answering all questions truthfully and honestly.
2.     I will do my best to live up to the Scout Oath and Scout Law, obey all laws, and hold others in Scouting accountable to those standards. I will exercise sound judgment and demonstrate good leadership and use the Scouting program for its intended purpose consistent with the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.
3.     I will make the protection of youth a personal priority. I will complete and remain current with youth protection training requirements. I will be familiar with and follow:
a.      BSA youth protection policies and guidelines, including mandatory reporting: www.scouting.org/YouthProtection.aspx
b.      The Guide to Safe Scouting : www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx
c.      The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety:
4.     When transporting Scouts I will obey all laws, comply with youth protection guidelines, and follow safe driving practices.
5.     I will respect and abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, BSA policies, and BSA-provided training, including but not limited to, those relating to:
a.      Unauthorized fundraising activities.
b.     Advocacy on social and political issues, including prohibited use of the BSA uniform and brand.
c.      Bullying, hazing, harassment, and unlawful discrimination of any kind.
6.     I will not discuss or engage in any form of sexual conduct while engaged in Scouting activities. I will refer Scouts with questions regarding these topics to talk to their parents or spiritual advisor.
7.     I confirm that I have fully disclosed and will disclose in the future any of the following:
a.      Any criminal suspicion, charges or convictions of a crime or offense involving abuse, violence, sexual misconduct, or any misconduct involving minors or juveniles.
b.     Any investigation or court order involving domestic violence, child abuse, or similar matter.
c.      Any criminal charges or convictions for offenses involving controlled substances, driving while intoxicated, firearms or dangerous weapons.
8.     I will not possess, distribute, transport, consume, or use any of the following items prohibited by law or in violation of any Scouting rules, regulations and policies:
a.      Alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, including marijuana.
b.     Concealed or unconcealed firearms, fireworks, or explosives.
c.      Pornography or materials containing words or images inconsistent with Scouting values.
9.     If I am taking prescription medications with the potential of impairing my functioning or judgment, I will not engage in activities which would put Scouts at risk, including driving or operating equipment.
10. I will take steps to prevent or report any violation of this code of conduct by others in connection with Scouting activities.
Camp Staff Reunion
Back to camp
September 20-22 the 50th Anniversary Camp Staff Reunion will take place at Camp Boddie. This event is open to anyone who has ever worked on staff at an East Carolina Council Camp. Registration information is available on the council website or at  www.cbass.org
Scout Shop Sales
Keep your money local!
The East Carolina Council has many sources of income: summer camp, Friends of Scouting, United Ways, activity fees, and property rental are just a few. A good portion comes from Scout Shop sales.

At a recent gathering, District Chairs and Commissioners asked this information be included in the Tarheel Scouter.

East Carolina Council makes 30% on all sales in our Scout Shop. Anything purchased from Scoutshop.org provides a 6% return to the council sixty days after the sale. Purchases from Scout Shops in other councils or from Amazon.com provides no revenue to East Carolina Council.

The District Chairs and Commissioners shared that some people choose to go to Scout Shops in Raleigh or Wilmington for their selection. East Carolina Council has access to the very same merchandise. Those Scout Shops are operated by BSA National Supply which has a much larger budget to purchase items and stock them in stores. They also have more square footage for more items. East Carolina Council can order and provide the same items. We even ship to your home for about the same price as online shipping.

Last year East Carolina Council made $2,544 from sales made to ScoutShop.org. Had those same purchases been made from our local Scout Shop, the council revenue would have been $12,444. That could help provide insurance on buildings at camp, pay utilities, make technology upgrades, and more.

Order through the East Carolina Council Scout Shop and we will have the items shipped to the Scout Shop, then delivered to monthly roundtable.

The next time you need a Scouting item, or even an outdoor item, buy it from the East Carolina Scout Shop. It makes a difference in the resources for our Scouts.
New at the ECC Scout office
*NEW women and girl uniforms are now available at our store...
*Summer Camp- In just a couple of months, summer camp will be here. Don't wait til the last minute to come and get your scouts camping attire and supplies.
*Eagle supplies- we have all your EAGLE needs. Invitations, programs, plates, cups, napkins, gifts, etc. If we don't have an item you have seen online, we will be glad to order it for you.
*Starting in the month of April we would like for your unit to take part in our "Bring your order to Roundtable" promotion. If you or your unit will place your order through our scout shop no later than 14 business days before your districts Roundtable, we will have your DE bring it to you at your meeting.
NO postage fees
NO waiting on the mail
NO lost packages
We will still mail out any items that you want shipped, you may have forgotten or added on since placing your order.
Come see us at your council's local scout store.
313 Boy Scout Blvd. Kinston NC 28501
252-522-1521

Troop 13 scout receives Governors Award for service
Service to others
Thomas Pittman, SPL of Troop 13 received the Governors Award for Volunteerism for his work during the Hurricane Florence recovery. He lead Troop 13 Scouts in aiding families in the recovery efforts. He enlisted his friends Nick Potter ( crew 1884) and Brennen Flanagan ( Arapaho Chpt. Of OA), in the recovery effort in order to have more Scouts participate so that they could help more families.  The boys worked in flooded out homes and aided in debris removal from houses. They removed furniture, appliances and the personal belongings of these families. Thomas secured safety equipment (breathing respirators and gloves) from local churches) and led Scouts in ripping out floors and walls of flooded houses. They cleared flood debris from yards, helped to remove downed trees and limb debris. He along with Adult Scouters ensured that all Scouts followed the safety rules. In the three weeks we were out of school after Florence, Troop 13, Crew 1884, and Arapaho chapt. OA, worked together putting in over 1100 hours of service to our surroundings communities of Craven, Pamlico and Jones county. They worked in over 100 homes helping families begin the process of putting their lives back together.  For 21 days, Thomas worked from sun up to sundown working in the recovery effort and spent each night, organizing help for the following day. Through their volunteerism, Thomas and his fellow Scouts, demonstrated Scout Oath and Scout Law through their service to others, during a time of great hardship for our community. 

Philmont Contingent 620Z Adventures
Adventure is out there!
Had a experience of a lifetime at Philmont. Hiked 12 days accomplishing 98.6 miles on Trek. Climb the Tooth of Time facing many challenges. Scouts went white water rafting, climb the Puya Indians Ruin, Visited Santé Fe, ate at the famous St. James Hotel. Made memories of a lifetime at Philmont. 
WSJ 2019 Troop 319 Adventures
World wide Scout Fellowship
25 people with Troop 319 (12 Scouters and 13 Scouts) from Jacksonville, NC visited the 24th World Jamboree on Saturday, July 27th, 2019. We have one Scout, Josh Torres from our Troop who is a participant and we got to spend some time with him too. It was an amazing experience to see the world Scouting community. 
The Scouts enjoyed eating international foods (veggemite on toast from Australia, Canadian maple iced coffee, and Chilean Empanadas de Pino were a few that they tried), seeing demonstrations from the many countries present, trading patches and hats with Scouts from other countries, Rex Tillerson was present for the dedication of a building to him and there was a live question and answer session with the International Space Station. We even saw other Scouters from ECC. 
On our way to Jamboree we heard that some of the participants from some of the warmer weather countries were freezing at night and the Red Cross didn't have enough blankets. Troop 319 brought 20 blankets to be donated to those who needed them. 
We rounded out our trip with a white water rafting trip in West Virginia before heading home. It was the experience of a lifetime and our Scouts can't wait for National Jamboree in 2021!