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Patches, fun drive scout's Jamboree experience

For Scouts USA member Ethan Moll of Sturgeon Bay, you could not have created a better event than the 2023 National Scout Jamboree. More than 15,000 scouts and scouters from across the country participated in the event hosted at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia from July 19th to July 28th. Many of the contingents, including the joint venture between Samoset Council and Bay Lakes Area Council, bookended the experience with tours of the area. For Moll, that meant visiting the sights of Washington D.C. at the beginning of their two-week trip. Once on the grounds of the National Scout Jamboree, scouts got to participate in a wide range of activities including patch trading, whitewater rafting, and skateboarding that introduced him to scouts as far away as Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Moll says it was an experience he will not soon forget.

Almost three dozen other scouts from Door and Kewaunee counties were a part of the 120-member contingent. For those interested, the National Scout Jamboree usually takes place every four years, which would put it in line to take place again in 2027 in time for the 90th anniversary of the first one that was hosted on the National Mall in Washington D.C. As for Moll, he is setting his sights on scouting’s other high adventure opportunities such as the Florida Sea Base and Philmont Scout Ranch.

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