Scouts “Go Wild” in West Virginia

Cody Voyles, center, is shown at BSA National Jamboree at a display by the West Virginia Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photo)

Cody Voyles, center, is shown at BSA National Jamboree at a display by the West Virginia Air National Guard. (Courtesy Photo)

By Cody Voyles, Hometown Correspondent

 

MOUNT HOPE, W. Va. – As a local Scout, I will no doubt share the memories of my experience at National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve with my kids and grandkids.
This camp has been the best place a Scout can be. From the high adventure activities to patch trading with Scouts from across the country, and merit badges, there is no better place to be.
I am the only person from our town to be here. I am not the only person from the county however. Jasper Forshee from Okolona is here also. His time has been great too.
I have gone on a zip-line and to archery. At the zipline venue, I spent 15 minutes waiting to pick up my gear and had to walk up a steep trail to the starting point. I thought if staff sent me back to the landing for something I would roll down the trail. On the zipline it felt like I was flying in the air. It gave me a huge adrenaline rush.
I spent 12 minutes in an orientation for archery, but the training had nothing to do with shooting an arrow. It had more to do with safety. I earned a gold bead for hitting the target four out of five times. After archery, I went back to camp and got ready for the next day.
On one of the days, I decided to go patch trading. When I was patch trading I actually found a Troop 19 patch from 1992. Later that day I showed it to my Scoutmaster and he said that was great.
That night, we had a guest who is the Utah National Parks council contingent troop Senior Patrol Leader. He was also the first Eagle Scout of Burmese heritage in the United States. After that we got ready for a new day.
On Thursday, I decided to go to the Game Design merit badge tent. When I got there, not many people were in the building. Later I went to the Chess merit badge station. When I come home, expect me to have those badges and more. I will be gaining more knowledge and badges tomorrow.
When I get home I will be posting more on Facebook about this trip.
Eric Davis, if you are reading this, we’re going to miss you buddy.
So to all of you at home, this is Cody Voyles signing off. Goodbye and God love H-Town.

Jasper Forshee of Okolona is shown working on biking trails during his troop's Day of Service during BSA National Jamboree. (Courtesy Photo)

Jasper Forshee of Okolona is shown working on biking trails during his troop’s Day of Service during BSA National Jamboree. (Courtesy Photo)

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