The Living History of Lewis and Clark

at the Boy Scouts of America

2013 National Jamboree

(July 15-24, 2013)

Bechtel Summit Reserve, Mount Hope, West Virginia

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(updated 11/16/13)

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July 17, 2013 ... our first day ...

What a phenomenal experience. The BSA have some "tweaking" to do to make Bechtel Reserve work for a National or World Jamboree, but they have done a fantastic job of putting this first Jamboree together. For us old scouters, it has been wonderful to say that we participated in the 100th Anniversary Jamboree in 2010 and the first Jamboree at Bechtel Reserve in 2013. There is a replica camp next to the Lewis and Clark station exhibiting a camp at the first National Jamboree.  To all our sponsors, thank you from the bottom of my heart. What a wonderful way to preserve the Lewis and Clark story for future generations.

We were completely drained last night.  I have no way of counting the number of scouts contacted yesterday.  It is estimated that 8,000 came to Garden Ground Mountain for the day.  By the end of the day, I felt like I had talked to every one of them!  Our educational stations were literally packed with scouts and scouters ALL DAY.  I have never had the opportunity to "tell the story" so many times.  We will repeat this for the next four days.  In addition to our educational stations, we had two packed shows in the Order of the Arrow (OA) Dance Arbor.  Lewis and Clark open and close the show.  The OA dancers are phenomenal - as good as any we saw during the Bicentennial.  The message from the OA and Lewis and Clark is very professional and positive for our Native American brothers and sisters. I wish there was some way to let them know. I wish they were here to see and hear our message.  We proceed on.  Every scout was given a patch from the Lewis and Clark Trust, the website address of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and encouraged to earn the LCTHF Chapter patches.  He or she are told to read, read, read !!!  Not to spend the rest of their lives texting on a smart phone!  To read Undaunted Courage.  They were fascinated to hear about Stephen Ambrose and that he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the OA.  What a great message we are relaying.  Thank you for sending us and thank you for giving us this opportunity.  More tomorrow.  Today is day 2. We are ready.


M. Lewis (a.k.a. Bryant Boswell)

Journal Entries

by Bryant R. Boswell

(photos by Richard Prestholdt)

July 18, 2013 ... our second day ...

Yesterday was as successful as the first day.  I told the Lewis and Clark story so many times that my head was "swimming".  My audiences are captivated.  The success we are having this time is much better than 2010 (and I thought that Jamboree was great)!  We are getting positive feedback from both the OA adult leadership and from individual troops.  I don't have much to add to the report this morning. Dick Prestholdt sent the first pictures out last night.  I have encouraged him to take more today.  Everything is so spread out and we are in a wooded area that makes taking a picture of the entire camp almost impossible. We are strategically placed though so the traffic into the area is excellent.  Another day.  Another great opportunity.  The next generation really wants to hear what we have to say.  They need this so much.  My message always ends with:





M. Lewis (a.k.a. Bryant Boswell)