Recently, ClassB staff ventured up to Mount Hope, West Virginia for the Boy Scouts of America’s highly anticipated 2013 National Jamboree
. This was the first ever Jamboree at its new permanent location, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
. It was also the first time ClassB attended a Jamboree as exhibitors.
Eleven ClassB staff members worked the event and oh, what fun we had! The days were long and the weather was trying, but we gave it our all. Our CEO, Eric Hilferding, said: “I had so much fun helping attendees screen print their shirts, I never wanted to leave the booth!”
From running an awesome program as exhibitors to exploring the grounds and attending shows, our Jamboree experience was nothing short of memorable. Here is our Jambo in review.
On the morning of the second day of the Jamboree, we watched contingents fill the trails as they filed into the AT&T Summit Stadium. OA Service Corps
members were staggered across the stadium to help manage the crowd and get the attendees hyped up. It was an overwhelmingly awesome feeling to sit amongst the 30,000+ Scouts and Scouters
in anticipation of the big show.
National Order of the Arrow
officers greeted the crowd and introduced Chief Scout Executive, Wayne Brock. Inspirational messages, photo montages and energizing performances by the Army National Band and Taylor Made
got everyone excited about the Jamboree.
This 10,000+ acre facility offered breathtaking scenic views, thoughtfully designed landmarks and action-packed activity bases. As you entered the main gateway, the Scout Law was written down all the pillars that lead you through Gateway Village. The self sufficient Sustainability Treehouse offered educational displays and was a worthy attraction to visit along the way. The impressive 786-foot-long CONSOL Energy Wingtip Bridge took campers form their sub camps to Action Point, where they could earn merit badges, visit exhibitor booths and choose their adventure. Popular Jamboree activities
- Zip lining and canopy tours
- Rock climbing and bouldering
- BMX and mountain biking
- Skate parks
- Archery and shooting ranges
- Kayaking and dragon boats
- The Cloud
- Action Point
Action Point & the ClassB Booth
We had our very own tent space in Action Point, centrally located at the heart of all the Jamboree activities in Summit Center. Coincidentally, half of the ClassB staff running it were Eagle Scouts! Every morning, ClassB staff member and Eagle Scout, Justin, would sound the conch shell to signal the opening of the booth. Paul and Thomas (also Eagle Scouts), ran Scouting trivia with Justin and lead the crowds in camp songs to keep the energy high from open to close!
Our booth had some awesome attractions for the participants. We offered a wide variety of commemorative licensed designs at and the ‘Tag Your Shirt’ station. Lines wrapped around the booth to play the game for a chance to win the highly coveted ClassB Totem Pole Patches. We even got pictures of the first 100 of you to collect the entire 15-piece event set. Be sure to tag yourself in our Facebook album
When speaking about the booth, ClassB Marketing Director, Kristen Garcia, said: “One of my fondest memories of the Jamboree will always be when the torrential downpour of rain trapped everyone in our booth and Paul sang us back to sanity. He could sense the tension in the crowd and quickly burst into song, leading everyone in ‘Ain’t Gonna’ Rain No More!’ At the song’s end, the clouds parted and everyone cheered!”
You came from your sub camps far and wide in heat and rain to play our carnival style toss n’ win game, screen print your shirts and of course, sing camp songs with us! Everyone left with patches in hand, designs on shirt sleeves and smiles on their faces.
ClassB Street Team
ClassB staff members were often seen on the trails handing out free patches, sunglasses and other cool swag. The highlight of the trip for us was getting to meet so many of you, our super fun and proud ClassB customers. You scouted us out
on the trails and in our booth to show off your custom t-shirts, which we loved. ClassB staff member and screen printer, Amanda, said: “It was so awesome to get to see our customers wearing shirts that I helped print!” We took some great photos with you; so, be sure to look for yourself in our Flickr album
Closing Show & Final Days
As the Jamboree festivities came to a close, we funneled into the stadium for one last show. The BSA put together an awesome line up for us, beginning with opening performances by BSA’s Got Talent finalists as well as pop singer, Sarah Centeno
. Guest speakers included: ROTC Director of Recruiting, Colonel Paul Webber, AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, Dirty Jobs
show host, Mike Rowe and the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, who lead the 30,000+ crowd in a chant. The show closed with a memorable performance by popular rock band, 3 Doors Down
and everyone made their way back to their sub camps to prepare for inclement weather.
The final days of the Jamboree were spent watching participants hurrying to complete activities, collecting and trading patches and trying to stay dry. We packed up our program, watched the contingents file into their sub camps one last time and waived goodbye to the Summit. As we bussed back to Bradley Crossing, we swapped pictures and stories of the friends and memories we made at our first ever Jamboree.
For more great pics from our trip, check out:
ClassB @ 2013 National Jamboree – Flickr album
ClassB @ 2013 National Jamboree – Facebook album
Find additional memories from the Jamboree at:
Boy Scouts of America Flickr
Boys’ Life magazine 2013 National Scout Jamboree
– news, videos and news
– Jamboree radio
– Archived stadium shows