Herkimer Jambo
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Location: Herkimer Fairgrounds
Dates: October 1-3, 2010
Who: Mr. Derrane, Mr. Bedell, Jared B., Mike M., Ben S., Doug S., Alex S.
Notes: Probably the best way to describe this event is by borrowing the article written up by the Utica Observer Dispatch.  Their original article should be found here, but since web sites come and go and move around, I've copied the text and images below.

From a compass to a GPS, Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years

By LISA KAPPS, Observer-Dispatch, Posted Oct 02, 2010

FRANKFORT — The scouting spirit filled the Herkimer County Fairgrounds this weekend as the Revolutionary Trails Council celebrated 100 years of scouting with their first ever Jambo.

“It’s a large gathering,” said Bill Garrett, executive and CEO of the council.

About 1,300 boys, leaders and family members from Central New York have been camped out at the fairgrounds since Friday, and will conclude their stay today.

Garrett said the event provided an opportunity for Scouts because they are able to “make new friends and learn new things.”

“Our climbing wall is probably one of our biggest attractions we have,” Garrett said.

Scouts waiting in line to climb the wall talked about their fun-filled weekend.

“I did a lot,” said 9-year-old Cormac McIntosh of Pack No. 14 in New Hartford.

Though he participated in many activities, his favorite was the shooting range, where he was able to try archery, the slingshot and a paintball gun.


Members of New Hartford Pack 14, from left, Mike M., 13, Doug S., 14, Benjamin S., 13, Alex S., 11, and Jared B.l, 11, peek out of a tent they pitched together during the first Jambo at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds, Saturday, October 2, 2010 in Frankfort.

Eldon NeSmith, 11, and friend Zackery Aasereud, 12, both of Troop 43 in Canastota, said they enjoyed the lumberjack competition at The 1910 Challenge.

The 1910 Challenge includes playing games and carrying out tasks that Boy Scouts did 100 years ago, such as lumberjack contests and pitching old-fashioned tents.

There also was The 2010 Challenge, which demonstrated how technology has influenced Scouting. Here, a GPS would be used instead of a compass, and power tools are used to earn a carpentry merit badge.