Cokeville Boy Scouts attend National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia

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Boy Scout Troop 600 from Cokeville joined approximately 40,000 Scouts for the National Jamboree in Beckley, West Virginia, from July 19 to 27.

Ethan Bird, Michael Cook, Treyson Dayton, Ammon Halls, Eli Linford, Tyler Moyes, Cael Thompson and Matt Thompson went on a two-week trip of a lifetime, which took them to many historical sites and finally the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

Troop 600 joined other boys from the state of Wyoming to form Troop 3237. The group began their journey on July 13, where they traveled to Evanston, and spent the night in the home of Ethan Bird’s grandparents, where they had a barbecue.

The next morning, the Scouts hopped on a bus, traveled to Salt Lake City International Airport, and flew to Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, they enjoyed touring Independence Hall, saw the Liberty Bell, ate Philly cheesesteaks and toured the Gettysburg Museum.

The following day, the troop toured the Gettysburg Battlefield and Fort McHenry.

After that, the Scouts headed to Washington D.C., where they visited the Washington and Lincoln Monuments. The next day, they toured the National Archives and  the Smithsonian museums. Then the Scouts visited the Capitol building, where they met up with their Wyoming senators.

The next day the group toured the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery and visited the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame and the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Then the group finally traveled to the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Beckley, West Virginia, where Matt, Tyler and Ammon were chosen to ride on the longest zipline in North America. The group enjoyed white water rafting the following day.

The Jamboree’s opening ceremony took place on July 21 with X-Ambassadors concert. The troop also enjoyed a Spartan race and seven-mile hike that day, and listened to inspirational speaker Inky Johnson.

On Sunday, the group had a special meeting with Jeffrey R. Holland. On Monday, President Donald Trump addressed the group.

The boys said some highlights of the Jamboree were a service project, scuba diving, rock climbing, paddle boating, a watercourse, fly fishing, virtual reality Courses, STEM activities and exchanging patches. The closing ceremony on July 27 featured a performance by the Plain White T’s.

The boys had a wonderful time and have many fun stories to tell.