The SCTA is honored to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the BSA-the nation's largest youth service organization, which now boasts 2.8 million youth members, 1.3 million adult volunteers and 50 million alumni. The SCTA and the BNI board have granted free entry to the all Boy Scouts and Scout Masters at Speed Week August 14-20, 2010. They will also be issued Pit passes. This will provide a cool way for the scouts to explore the science and engineering of Land Speed racing. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org or www.scouting.org/100years
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the United States with many celebrations and events happening. One of those events is the National Jamboree held in Virginia this July. Over 40,000 Scouts and leaders from all over the country will attend. Each Scout Council will send a contingent of Scouts and leaders to participate. The Great Salt Lake Council will send one of the largest contingents in the nation. (645 people consisting of 16 Troops plus 5 staff members)
As part of the planning process, each of the contingents selects a theme, representing something unique to their Council, to feature on their shoulder patches. Patch trading is a huge part of the Jamboree experience for each Scout and the competition to have the most unique set of patches is nothing short of amazing. After many excellent and spirited proposals were made at our Jamboree meetings, the Scouts voted to have Bonneville race cars on their patches to represent our Council.
To make this year’s 2010 100th Anniversary of BSA even more special and exciting. The Speed Demon Team, George Poteet and Ron Main, will be taking the entire Troop 601 to attend the opening of Speed Week 2010 at the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 14, 2010.
Troop 601 is designated as the special needs troop of the 17 other troops from the Great Salt Lake Council that will attend the Jamboree. Troop 601 consists of 31 Scouts ranging in age from 13 to 48 year old assisted by Scoutmaster, Paul Aldous and 8 assistant Scoutmasters. Wait – you asked how do they have a 48 year old Scout and why so many assistant Scoutmasters? . Terry, who is our 48 year old, is excited as anyone could be to attend the Jamboree. He is diabetic and very hard to understand but that does not curtail his Scout spirit. There are nine Scouts who have special needs. The needs range from learning disorders, Down syndrome, autism, muscular disorders and the list goes on. When we discuss our needs the attitude focuses on ability rather the disability. Each Scout has a ‘can do’ mind-set. They want to do everything offered at the Jambo including shooting, fishing, scuba diving and run the marathon. The majority of the boys are Eagle Scouts including several who are special need Scouts. They each understand the values of living by the Scout Oath and Law. Helpfulness and Loyalty are especially important to each member of Troop 601 for they look out for their buddies. Leadership of Troop 601 is lead by the boys and the patrol method is how we take care of the needs of each member.
Our troop amulet is the Bonneville race car, Speed Demon. George Poteet and Ron Main have been so kind to allow us to ware their car on our Council Service Patch. The Scouts all love the Speed Demon and look forward to attending Speed Week 2010 at the Bonneville Speedway in August. We know the Speed Demon is an amazing car and Troop 601 has a high goal to achieve such a standard as this world class race car has but we promise to do our best, work hard and have lots of fun.