The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 20, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: News from the Jamboree

Daily Item

---- — "Summer afternoon, summer afternoon, to me those have always been the most beautiful words in the English language."

Are you following the news from the National Boy Scout Jamboree? Our local contingent troop's "Home Town Reporters" are doing a great job of posting the news and lots of photos from the Summit-Bechtel Scout Reserve in New River Gorge area of West Virginia.

You can read these reports and view the snapshots on The Daily Item's website at Once you navigate to this website, you'll see the "2013 Boy Scout Jamboree" tab on the landing page. The Home Town Reporters are Josh Duke, Tyler Sauers and Dru Kline. These guys are tasked with keeping us folks back home up to date with all of the "goings-on" at the Jamboree.

Unfortunately, the national media doesn't usually have much good to say about the Boy Scouts, or young people in general, so the work that these boys are doing is very important. National Jamborees are once-in-a-lifetime type experience for most scouts. These lucky scouts get to attend the "Jambo" as part of a troop that is made up of 36 scouts and 4 leaders. Every scouting council in our nation and many international scouting organizations send troops to the Jamboree. It's possible that the scouts could be from many different units, but for the Jamboree, they're a single contingent troop that represents our entire valley.

I attended the 1973 National Jamboree that was held at the Moraine State Park as a scout and the 2001 National Jamboree that was held at Fort A.P. Hill as our local contingent's Scoutmaster. By the way, visitors are welcome to spend a day at the Jamborees. Please visit for more information.

Full Buck Moon

This month's full moon will be next Monday evening, July 22nd. July's full moon is known as the Full Buck Moon. This interesting name is attributed to the fact that antlered deer racks are now becoming visible as they push through the deer's foreheads and are covered with a thin coat of velvety fur. This fall the deer will rub their antlers against trees and other rough surfaces to remove this velvet coating. Other names for the July full moon are Full Thunder Moon (see if you can tell why this coming Saturday) or the Full Hay Moon (you'll notice plenty of farmers cutting their hay about this time of the year).

Hold the date

I just got advance notice that the Linn Conservancy will be hosting its 25th anniversary celebration on Oct. 19 from 1 to 3:30 the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Please try to hold this date and time so that you can attend this event. Everyone is invited to the celebration that will also serve as a kick-off for several new initiatives. You'll be reading much more about this event and the new undertakings as soon as the details are available.

Outdoors happenings

Katherine Faull, a professor of German with a specialization in the history of the Susquehanna Valley, madeg a presentation about Chief Shikellamy at the Public Library for Union County near Lewisburg on Thursday night. On Saturday, you and your family can join renowned wild mushroom expert and forager Bill Russell, at 2 p.m. at the Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center in the R.B. Winter State Park. The "Jewel of the West Branch" is the name of the Saturday afternoon guided kayak trip that goes from Montoursville to Muncy. Contact or call 570-524-7692 to learn more about this fun trip.

Sierra Club members will lead a 10-mile, moderate to strenuous hike through the R.B. Winter State Park and around the nearby Bald Eagle State Forest on Sunday. If you want to hike along, please bring your lunch and water and give Joe Rebar a call at 570-259-0134.