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Scouts come together for state's largest celebration of Scouting's 100th anniversary
Contra Costa Times ^ | Updated 4/17/10 | Robert Jordan

Posted on 04/17/2010 11:04:58 PM PDT by SmithL

PLEASANTON — What birthday would be complete without a song? And to help celebrate 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America, hundreds of packs and troops obliged Friday with their own version.

Scouts from throughout Northern California kicked off the Northern California 100th Anniversary Jamboree opening ceremony with their own chant at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Members from as far south as Yosemite to as far north as the Oregon border belted out:

"We got spirit, yes we do. We got spirit, how about you?" The chant grew in volume and enthusiasm as it snaked its way from one end of the bandstand to the next.

This jamboree will be the largest 100th anniversary Scout gathering in the state.

"We are going to explore, get some ice cream and see what suits our fancy," said Adnan Hamwi, a member of Troop 493 from Cupertino. "This is the Boy Scouts version of a carnival."

The three-day celebration features exhibits, interactive demonstrations, food and shows and is meant to celebrate the history of the Boys Scouts in America. It is where tents and teepees comfortably mix with corn dog and lemonade booths.

An expected 16,750 people preregistered for the event, but organizers expect possibly thousands more to show up over the weekend, said Ken Mehlhorn, Scout executive/CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Council.

About 2,000 Scouts arrived and pitched their tents Thursday night. About 8,000 attending Scouts are expected to be camped at the fairgrounds this weekend.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Society
KEYWORDS: 100th; 100thanniversary; anniversary; bsa; california; happybirthday; jamboree; norcal; scout; scouting; scouts
I don't know the exact count, but there were a LOT of Scouts there, and they all seemed to be having a great time.
1 posted on 04/17/2010 11:04:58 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SandRat

This was quite the party.

2 posted on 04/18/2010 10:58:03 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; ...

Scouts 100th Birthday Celebration.

3 posted on 04/18/2010 12:41:14 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SmithL

Thanks for the post. I was not sure if Scouting was still legal in California.

4 posted on 04/18/2010 2:02:09 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: SmithL

I will be at this very event here in Chicago all day today! The traveling show makes its stop in the Windy City this weekend.

5 posted on 05/01/2010 5:16:08 AM PDT by Right_Handed_Writer (Change the Change -- Vote Right in 2010™)
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