Southern Illinois Troop plants stakes in A.P. Hill

2010-07-30T01:00:00Z 2010-08-10T09:12:16Z Southern Illinois Troop plants stakes in A.P. HillBy Shane Cowsert / For The Southern The Southern

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. - The Southern Illinois National Scout Jamboree Troop has finally arrived at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The Troop consists of scouts from all over the Southern Illinois area including Murphysboro, Dongola, Carbondale and Anna.

At around 2 p.m. July 26, after a 22 hour drive and three days of touring Washington, D.C, and Williamsburg, Va., National Scout Jamboree Troop 1118 arrived at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, a celebration of the 100 years of Scouting.

Once the troop arrived, they immediately started setting up camp. They had to set up tents, dining flies and cooking areas. They had some setbacks when a few tents blew away and the dinning flies fell down, but eventually camp was set up. The Scouts then went on their way to do activities.

Many went to do patch trading in search for the themed patches such as Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, Loony Toons and Halo. One Scout remarked," Patch trading is the most fun I have had so far."

With activities like rock climbing, scuba diving and BMX biking, the Scouts are sure to have much more fun at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Day 2

National Jamboree Hits Day 2

On July 27, the Southern Illinois Jamboree Troop 1118 awoke to a new day, Day 2 of the National Scout Jamboree to be exact. After a good breakfast and a quick flag raising, the troop was sent on their way to have they had a variety of fun activates to choose from including rifle shooting, skeet shooting, mountain boarding, BMX, motor boating, scuba diving, fishing and patch trading, just to name a few.

Among all the activities to do, there was another event. Christopher Paolini, the author of the best selling book Eragon, did a book signing and a press conference where he answered questions ranging from his next book to his inspiration. There were many questions but one stood out. One person asked, "What do you think of Eragon the movie?" to which the crowd jumped off their feet. He responded with, "The movie has its own interpretation as do I, so let the movie be the movie and the book the book."

When the Scouts got back to camp they were looking forward to a good dinner and good night's sleep. They hoped the next day would be just as fun.

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