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Scout Jamboree set for Ashley Pond Oct. 19-20

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Scouting in Los Alamos began in 1918 at the Los Alamos Ranch School. To celebrate 100 years of scouting in Los Alamos, a Scout Jamboree will be held at Ashley Pond on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. This will be a community event to celebrate the long history of scouting in Los Alamos.

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The fun will begin Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with attendees pitching their tents on the north side of Ashley Pond. The campfire program will start at 7:30 p.m. on the slab above the waterfall and will include singing, skits, s’mores and fun.

Then those who are there will get to do something very few people have done in the last 75 years – camp and sleep at Ashley Pond. 

On Oct. 20, after breakfast, participants can join in the games and activities around Ashley Pond.  The group is planning to have a gaga pit, corn hole, tug o’ war, three-legged races, horseshoes, monkey bridge, and much more. They also plan on having other activities, including metal-working demonstrations and a Dutch oven cook-off.

Food trucks will be available for lunch while the games and activities continue until about 2 p.m. Inside Fuller Lodge, there will be historical displays, a 1930s-era video promoting the Los Alamos Ranch School, camping equipment, and souvenirs for sale. The Los Alamos History Museum even has a new exhibit about 100 Years of Scouting in Los Alamos.

Then they will demonstrate “Leave No Trace” by cleaning up the Pond area.

That Saturday evening, beginning about 4 p.m., the focus will shift to Fuller Lodge for the 100th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 22 and the 50th anniversary of Cub Scout Pack 20. This will begin with scouts on horseback performing a flag ceremony and Native American dancers, followed by a barbecue dinner, a presentation on the history of Troop 22 from a local historian, an awards ceremony, and traditional Dutch oven sopaipillas for dessert! 

Tickets for the dinner and ceremony at Fuller Lodge will be on sale soon and seating is limited. Reservations and questions can be sent to: LAScoutingCentennial@gmail.com. Donations to defray the cost of the events would be appreciated.

Alumni of Troop 22 or Pack 20 with memorabilia or past stories they would like to share, contact LAScoutingCentennial@gmail.com.

Everyone is invited to participate in this celebration of scouting.

To sign up for camping at Ashley Pond, go to evite.me/m2B8TsbZ1b.

To volunteer for the Jamboree, go to signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44a8a92ca4fd0-2018.