Life wasn't all work and no play at the Summit Bechtel Reserve during our Shakedown. The Scouts got to test some of the new adventures that will be available for next year's National Jamboree in addition to the standard exciting events.
- Skateboarding (three levels)
- BMX biking (three levels)
- High Gear - mountain biking
- Low Gear - mountain biking
- Zip Lines - Think BIG
- Canopy Tours - Think zip lines, more zip lines and even more zip lines
- Climbing Tours
These were only a fraction of the real events that will be available. Basically, these are new items that BSA is introducing to the Jamboree, and they needed to test how they'll work for the youth, how interesting they'll be, how long it will take to move through the line, etc. I think these new attractions will be a big hit. Also, not everyone will want to do every activity, but seriously, if you can't find anything that interests you, then maybe high adventure is not for you.
Here's a view from the top of the Zip Line. This one is only 1,100 feet. Next year there will be several more and one will be over 3,000 feet. COOL!
Here's a climbing tower - which is the practice for the real deal
And then there's BMX with an official mechanical starting gate.
There are three levels on BMX - and you progress from one station to the other after mastering the basic skills necessary.
There's a Challenge Course which is fun and helps develop team building skills.
There are Canopy Tours which are zip lines that connect to other zip lines and carry you through the tree tops of the Summit.
There are lots and lots of skateboards for the Skateboard Park.
Once again, this is a three-tiered progressive course. Participants will start at the basic skills station, master those skills and then graduate to the next course. We're not just going to drop a beginner into a half-pipe and hope for the best.
And finally, there are two mountain biking courses - Low Gear and High Gear. These Scouts really got some great air!
So yes, there are some great adventures to be had (and we didn't even discuss kayaking, swimming, archery, riflery, hiking, and so much more!
Are you excited about the Jamboree? I know I am.