EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSScouts Scorching In Jamboree Heat
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Jul. 17, 2013 8:27 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013 8:43 PM EDT
Glen Jean , West Virginia
Record heat Wednesday made for some downright oppressive conditions for anyone outside, including the thousands of Boy Scouts camping out this week in Fayette County for the National Jamboree. But organizers were making sure everyone kept cool.
For the 30,000 Scouts attending the National Jamboree, it was pretty hard to be bored. From zip-lining to rock-climbing, and a wealth of water activities, camp was really an action-packed vacation.
"We're loving it here! Our troop has all enjoyed our experience. We've done SCUBA and white water rafting just this morning," Valen Hill, a Scout from Washington, said.
But this week, all the adventure comes with an extra challenge.
"The weather's really hot, and the sun is beating really hard!" Indiana Scout Denny Pilgrim said.
Washington state Scout Nick Jessee agreed.
"It's definitely very hot here!" he said.
But in true Scout tradition, Jamboree organizers followed their motto to "always be prepared," and that included being ready for the record-setting heat.
"You see the systems we have," Boy Scouts of America National President Wayne Perry said. "We have shade tents. Everybody gets a notification on their phone, smart phone about the heat index and about the water to drink."
And, thankfully, the campsite has plenty of ways to cool down and spots to take a break in the shade. All in all, the sweltering heat is not slowing the Scouts down one bit.
"These things (water bottles) are your best friends in West Virginia!" Gombas said. "You fill up about two of these every so often, and they carry about a quart so you want to be drinking as much water as you can."
Hill also said they've taking advantage of the water.
"We're on the swim team, so we're in shape and all that, but we've been drinking water and just taking it all little by little," he said.
From paddleboarding to slides and lake climbing walls, the water attractions are also pretty popular to keep Scouts cool. Not to mention, all the fun and activities are helping Scouts make friends with fellow campers from around the country and the world, all memories to last a lifetime.
There are also some 500 medical volunteers on hand, along with first aid tents, ambulances and the National Guard's medical batallion. Thankfully, cases of heat illness and exhaustion have been pretty minimal so far.
And fun fact: The sunshine's also helpful in the modern world. Campers are using solar powered chargers for their cell phones and tablets, so the heat helps juice up those chargers.
Jamboree activities continue all week in Fayette County.
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