Sometimes it’s nice to remember that not everything about Scouting need be about high adventure. This is a nice article on one of the activities offered at the BSA National Jamboree this year.
Painting offers a chance to develop observation skills and patience in young scouting members. I think that I need to remember where I packed my brushes.
Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!
At breakfast one morning early in the jamboree, staffer John Norkus was feeling a little left out as Scouters went around the table describing their jamboree jobs.
“We were feeling kind of puny around extreme BMX, extreme mountain biking, extreme skateboarding,” he said. “So we changed our name to extreme landscape painting.”
At an activity that harkens back to the watercolor journals of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell, Norkus and fellow staffers Marshall Townsend and Jerry Silvestrini offered Scouts and Venturers a rare respite from the high-energy activities at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
Kyle, a Rhode Island Scout from jamboree Troop C252, was finishing his watercolor painting when I visited on Tuesday. See Kyle with his impressive painting above or see a close-up at the end of this post.
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