Every four years Boy Scouts from all over the world gather for a Jamboree. This year the World Jamboree was held in Thailand and Dr. Peter Hansen, a lifelong Scout and leader attended the three-week event with a group of scouts from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
Hansen first became a Cub Scout in 1947, "Scouting is the world's largest youth movement and the Boy Scouts of America is the only youth organization right now that is sponsored by the U.S. Congress and has been sponsored by the Congress since scouting came to this country in 1910," said Hansen. According to Hansen Scouting started in England in about 1907 and the U.S. was the second country in the world to adopt the scouting program for youth and presently there are about 153 countries that offer a scouting youth program.
Hansen said that there were so many outstanding events at the World Jamboree that it was impossible to select a highlight of the experience, but said the cultural activities between young men and women was truly inspirational, "Today the Scouting program in the world involves both boys and girls with about a 60/40 ratio of boys to girls and the cultural interchange and tours of the country for the young men and women made it a very rewarding experience." said Hansen.
The Jamboree was set up as a city with 20 some villages that had approximately 1,600 scouts in each village, "So each village was like a little town of its own with its own post office and grocery store," added Hansen. The centennial of scouting world jamboree will be held in England in 2007 and Hansen said he is already making plans to attend the next world jamboree and starting next year will head up a statewide recruitment drive for Alaskan scouts to attend. Anyone interested in attending may call Dr. Hansen's office at 283-4611.
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