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Local Scout reflects on experiences at World Scout Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree was held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mt. Hope, West Virginia on July 21- August 2, 2019. There were 45,000 scouts, leaders, and the International Service Team members. Will Dudley from Troop 135 was the only eligible scout from Braxton County to attend. Dudley spent many months preparing and fundraising for this once in a lifetime opportunity. He stated the reasoning for wanting to go was because of the location being right in our back yard and he would never have an opportunity like this again as a youth.
The World Scout Jamboree is held every four years in a different country. The first time it was held was in London, England in 1920. This is the second time it’s been held in the United States. The first time it was held in the US occurred in Farragut State Park, Idaho in 1967. The cost for him to go was $2400 plus spending money. In his fundraising efforts he made crosses from horse shoe nails and masonry nails.
Dudley was a part of Unit USA 316 which was comprised of 36 youth and 4 leaders from West Virginia and Ohio. The unit met at Laidley Field in Charleston, W.V. and rode a bus to the Summit. The hosting countries which consists of the United States, Canada, and Mexico had to arrive a day early so they could help international scouts set up other camp sites the next day.
Almost every evening there were wonderful shows that included lots of music and dancing. Some of the musicians include Recycled Percussion, Pentatonix, NCT Dream from South Korea, Bag Pipes, Fifes and Drums, Jamboree Band, DJ/MC from Canada, Mountain Heart, Disney Broadway Tunes and many more. Many of the shows also included a spectacular use of technology including a light drone show, Light Balance from AGT, and a laser and fireworks show.
The Summit offers high adventure activities such as ziplining, scuba diving, mountain biking, etc. Dudley opted out of high adventure activities, so he could talk to people and learn about new cultures. He recalls meeting wonderful people from Hungary, Italy, Chili, and Australia. Dudley said that even though most of them spoke very good English, it was sometimes difficult to understand what other people were trying to say. One of his favorite activities was patch and neckerchief trading.
Dudley had the privilege to eat delicious food with the Hungarians, Italians, and Chileans. Some of his international favorite foods were rice and chilly from Hungary, Milo (a chocolate drink) from Australia and real Italian pasta from Italy. His unit in return shared food with other countries including BBQ, pizza from Pies and Pints, American burgers, and pepperoni rolls.
Jon Dudley, Scoutmaster of Troop 135 was part of the International Service Team, the group of volunteers who make sure all the scouts have a great time and that all the activities are available for them. He camped 17 days at the Summit while serving as the day shift supervisor for the Jamboree Coordination Center. Dudley enjoyed working with adults from several different countries.
The scouts from Troop 135 had the opportunity to serve on the Welcome to West Virginia Committee for three days. Their jobs included welcoming international scouts at Yeager Airport in Charleston and welcoming day visitors to the Ruby Welcome Center at the Summit. Because of Troop 135’s service to the Jamboree they also had the opportunity to explore the World Scout Jamboree as a day visitor.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve’s next large event will happen in the summer of 2021 for the National Jamboree, scouts from all over the United States will again come to West Virginia. The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in South Korea in 2023.
Will Dudley and his family would like to thank the community, friends and family for all the support to make this once in a lifetime opportunity possible.


Braxton Adopt-a-Teacher
program warmly received

Over 100 Braxton County teachers have recently received a wide array of materials for their classrooms from members of the community who participated in the Braxton Adopt-a-Teacher program. Somewhat surprisingly, a Kanawha County resident is responsible for starting the generous move.



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EMS Director subject of
missing drug investigation

West Virginia State Police, Mountain Lakes Drug Task Force members and the DEA are conducting an investigation into narcotics allegedly unaccounted for that were under the controll of Braxton EMS Director Jamie Mathes.


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Braxton Flying Club to
celebrate 50th Anniversary

On Saturday, September 14, the Braxton Flying Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Braxton County Airport. Club members invite all individuals interested in aviation to join them in the celebration, which will include an airport appreciation day, according to Don Reynolds, who, along with John Gawthrop, were original members of the Flying Club.


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Commission turns down request to return firearm

One of several individuals to appear before the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday, August 16 was Johnna Cable. Mrs. Cable is the mother of Eric Cable who had a pistol confiscated during an arrest some time ago. This was Cable’s second appearance before the Commission requesting the weapon be returned to her. Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine Morton was on hand to explain that due to the nature of her son’s previous conviction, he could not possess a firearm and the pistol could not be lawfully returned to her since it was owned by her son.

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