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Daily Chronicle - Monday July 26, 2010 - Page A2

Scout's View: It's time for the Scout Jamboree


By JACOB MARX

I am Jacob Marx, and I am the assistant senior patrol leader of Troop 33 at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. I am a Life Scout.

I am the hometown correspondent for the Daily Chronicle at the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., which is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest gathering of scouts in a single area. It is attended by Scouts from all over the United States and takes place today through Aug. 4.

Starting today, Fort A.P. Hill will become the fastest growing city in the world as 40,000 Scouts and leaders descend on the camps for 10 fun-filled days. We will be attending stage shows, concerts, classes, adventure activities and many other things. I personally can’t wait to run the 5K, do the Bikathlon, try out motocross and do things I have never done before.

There will be nine kids from DeKalb County attending this massive event. Before attending the Jamboree, the five troops from the Three Fires Council contingent loaded up a semitrailer full of all our gear, which will be waiting for us to unload when we get to the Jamboree. We flew out to Virginia on Saturday and had the opportunity to see the United States Capitol Building, the International Spy Museum, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Institute museums and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy at Quantico, Va. We are scheduled to check into Fort A.P.Hill today.

Being a hometown correspondent has many advantages, such as being able to attend news conferences, special events and benefits. Some of the special events that I will be attending include the unveiling of the new 100th anniversary of Scouting stamp and a news conference with author James Patterson. Some of the benefits are press passes, bikes and being able to use the media area. As the hometown correspondent, I will have the opportunity to send in articles throughout the 10 days.

Other than Scouting, some of the other activities I enjoy are running, golfing, hanging out with friends, student council and church youth group.

• Jacob Marx is 15 years old and attends DeKalb High School. He will be sending stories from the National Scout Jamboree during the next 10 days. Visit the Daily Chronicle’s blog The Fence Post at daily-chronicle.com/blogs/thefencepost/ to read his reports.

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