Scouting, Volume 69, Number 6, November-December 1981 Page: 4
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ur tenth National Jamboree at Fort
A.P. Hill in Virginia is now three months
past, but the memories of it will linger on
for a lifetime. It was our Scouting year's
premier event, one in which I had the
good fortune to meet Scouts and Scouters
from every state in the union and from far
off countries throughout the free world.
With 30,000 boys and leaders busily
involved in the events that shaped this
jamboree, it was, of course, impossible for
me to meet all of them. Yet, I wish I had.
Particularly Scout Chris Watson from
Troop 805 in Houston, chartered to the
Memorial Drive United Methodist
Church. What he had to say to a Time
magazine reporter was, to my mind, a
matchless definition of what the jambo-
ree and Scouting mean to all of us.
"We all marched to the amphitheater,
and we were under the sky. The stars were
coming out. We began talking and sing-
ing. I tell you, there was a glow all over
the place, and I felt it inside me, too.
When I looked around and saw all those
flashbulbs popping and kids taking pic-
tures, it was like seeing fireflies all over
the place. I was proud to be part of it,
really proud. It's something I won't
There is another aspect to this jambo-
ree, and indeed to every Scouting event
that takes place throughout the country,
that bears mention: The planning. As one
of our jamboree committee members put
it, "It was like piecing together a giant
jigsaw puzzle, hoping and praying that by
opening day all of the pieces would fit in
place." As it turned out, the pieces did fit.
The picture that emerged was perfect,
and serves as a tribute to volunteer and
career Scouters who worked together for
long, creative hours so that boys like
Chris Watson could say, "I was proud to
be part of it."
In a larger sense, the jamboree was just
one of thousands of adventures me-
ticulously planned and carried out by our
adult volunteers and the young men and
women they serve. For that, I am equally
As this year comes to its close, Scouts
and Scouters throughout the world will
be observing religious holidays. Chris-
tians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Jews mark the anniversary of the
rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem
with Hanukkah—the Festival of Lights.
Hindus and Buddhists observe holidays
devoted to family peacemaking and a
reflection on the gifts of God.
In this spirit, I wish you joy and peace,
and ask God's blessings on you, your
families, and all of those who are dear to
^ j_ "7Vv\
J. L. Tarr
Chief Scout Executive
November/December 1981 Scouting
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