Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Momentous Week for Scouting

The Boy Scouts have just completed a gigantic conclave at Fort AP Hill in northern Virginia. 45,000 scouts and adult leaders gathered for ten days at their National Scout Jamboree - celebrating 100 years of the scouting movement.

The Durham Bulls played a modest role for the local Occoneechee Council. Last Saturday night we turned our video screen into a huge television, and 400 local scouts watched the Centennial Celebration (via satellite) themed "Shining Light Across America." Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NC sponsored the DBAP event. Durham and five other US sites were selected for the Jambo Simulcast...catchy name!

Actually, the scouts did more than watch. They participated. There was a live camera trained on the scouts in Durham. Images of our scouts at the DBAP were beamed to a video screen on the stage at the National Scout Jamboree.

Serious TV gear in our press box for the live shot

A compact satellite truck connects Durham with the Jambo

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As I have mentioned before, the Bulls sponsor an Explorer Post through the Occoneechee Council. These young folks - about 75 active members - produce our in-house video and television broadcasts. They are raising money for a new college scholarship program in a novel way; check it here.