This is Daniel Webb, the Hometown News Correspondent of the National Jamboree for WDBJ7.
As the jamboree came to a close, everyone rushed to activities that they wanted to do again. However, there was no way to do all of the activities there.
The stadium show on Saturday featured special guests including Mike Rowe, the King of Sweden, and 3 Doors Down. Mike Rowe made a very good speech about working smart and hard. The King of Sweden led the entire audience with a chant. As expected, 3 Doors Down performed some of their popular songs.
The next day was an event called Jambopalooza, where various activities happened at the stadium. The jamboree also broke a world record of the most beach balls in the air at one time. That night, the entire jamboree looked to the sky after hearing explosions. A 20 minute long firework show took place. Back to back fireworks erupted in the sky. The ground shook with every explosion. The finale had fireworks launching and erupting every second. Some said it was equivalent and even better to a show in Disney World.
The next morning was the troop's last full day of elective activities. Some did patch trading, others did merit badges, and some did high adventure activities, including BMX biking, skateboarding, and riding the zip lines.
The next day was our troop's registered day for visiting the Cloud, the technology center of the jamboree. Various exhibits were set up at the cloud. National Geographic, Microsoft, Destination Imagination, NASA, and Lego were among the sponsors with tents at the Cloud. One of the highlights in my opinion of the Cloud was the Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute. They developed an app called Virus Tracker where people can create a zombie virus and track how it spreads among a population. They were at the technology institute infecting people with QR codes. With about 40,000 people going through this tent, they were able to track the spread of the virus among a large quantity of people. The data pulled helps them figure out how epidemics start and spread. The head of the project is Meredith Wilson, a bioscience analyst. James Stoll is the head programmer.
The next morning was the day we left the jamboree. We woke up early to dismantle our campsite. Everything had to be packed back into 3 square crates that we unpacked at the beginning of the jamboree. Then we waited for our bus to arrive and head out.
On the way back to Roanoke, we cherished the memories of the jamboree. For some people, it will not be their last jamboree. They will have one more chance to attend a jamboree as a participant in the 2017 jamboree. For me, it was a once in a lifetime experience that I think every scout should try to attend.
The next jamboree will have more activities and probably more participants. Even though it happens every four years, the Boy Scouts of America is already preparing for the next jamboree.
Thanks for following the jamboree with me!