Boy Scout Jamboree journalist

Thursday, August 25th 2005, 10:14 am
By: News On 6

In May, the News on 6 reported on Tulsa Boy Scout Taylor Levacy's Eagle Scout project, a new sign for the Tulsa Speech and Hearing headquarters. He told us he was going to the National Scout Jamboree as a hometown news correspondent, so we asked him to come back and tell us about it.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells has his story.

"The last week of July to the first week of August." Taylor Levacy is retelling his experiences at the National Boy Scout Jamboree. We borrowed the Memorial High School principal's conference table to lay all this stuff out on so I promised to give the Chargers a plug.

The Jamboree is held every four years. More than 40,000 scouts and their leaders from all over the country camp out at Fort AP Hill in northern Virginia. This jamboree will be remembered as very hot, nearly 400 attendees were treated for heat related problems. "I think the hottest it got; the heat index was a 116." He said it was much harder on scouts from up north than scouts from around here, but they were squirting water on everyone trying to keep them cool.

One of the favorite pastimes at scouting events is patch trading and he came back with lots of them. "That's the patch for my area."

He says his mom clued him in to a way to create his own panoramic photos by taking several shots from the same place. One of the pictures was the closing arena show. It featured a speech by President Bush, a laser show and fireworks. "I think I was sitting right behind that guy with all the little flags."

Ten hot days in northern Virginia and enough memories to last a lifetime.

Taylor has completed all his Eagle Scout requirements, and will get his Eagle Scout award on Monday night.