ESCANABA - A group of 38 Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, and leaders departed Marquette on July 11 for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. While en route, the group will visit the Michigan State Capital, the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Neil Armstrong Museum, The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and Mammoth Cave.
The U.P. Scouts will spend nine days at the Jamboree with 40,000 Scouts from across the country and international Scouts from around the world. The Summit is a new facility owned by the Boy Scouts of America to host the Jamborees which are held every four years. It will also be available annually for High Adventure Treks. Adjacent to the New River Gorge National River, it will feature whitewater rafting, zip lines, and all-terrain vehicles as well as the traditional Jamboree features such as arena shows with top flight entertainment.
On the return trip, there are stops at the Plastic Brick Museum in Bellaire, Ohio, the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, then finally a day at Cedar Point Theme Park.
Escanaba area Scouts, Ventures, and leader attending the National Scout Jamboree are (rear, left to right) Dylan Grenier, Matt Knutson, Frankie Perlich, Shane Poisson, and Advisor Heidi Ettenhoffer and Holly Ettenhoffer of Wells; (front row) and Garrett McMillan of Escanaba; Rashil Kasetty and David Webber of Gladstone.
Leaders include Troop Scoutmaster Matt Morgan of Ontonagon, Assistant Scoutmaster Mark Matteson of Marquette, Assistant Scoutmaster Tony Stenger from Lake Linden, Assistant Scoutmaster Wesley Matteson of Marquette, Venture Crew Advisor Scott Hausmann of Gwinn, and Venture Crew Advisor Heidi Ettenhoffer of Wells.
The Upper Peninsula Troop and Venture Crew is one of five troops going to the National Jamboree from the Bay Lakes Council. For more information about its programs, visit its website at www.baylakesbsa.org.