NCTC takes part in Boy Scout National Jamboree
SHEPHERDSTOWN – Continuing its support of efforts to connect young people with nature in the “Youth in the Great Outdoors” initiative, staff from the National Conservation Training Center joined other volunteers from around the Fish and Wildlife Service as 45,000 Boy Scouts convened at Virginia’s Fort A.P. Hill for the National Scout Jamboree during the 100th anniversary of scouting in America.
Including several from NCTC in Shepherdstown, 61 agency employees staffed a 17-acre conservation/environmental area trail, where interactive exhibits from more than 20 federal, state and nongovernment agencies and organizations beckoned the 12- to 18-year-olds from 50 states and 26 foreign nations into conservation careers, and provided detailed information on the Fish and Wildlife Service’s core work in refuge management, endangered species protection and migratory bird conservation.
“These are the conservation experiences that will last these Boy Scouts a lifetime, and they’ll share them with others throughout their lives,” said NCTC employee Ora Dixon, the service’s Scouting coordinator.
A long-standing partner of the scouting movement in America, the Fish and Wildlife Service has been a regular presence at the national conclave. This year’s centennial-year gathering was held July 26 to Aug. 4 at the U.S. Army base near Fredericksburg, Va.
The Summit, a National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., will host the 2013 Jamboree and will become Boy Scouts of America’s permanent home for this event.