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Local Scouts hone skills at regional jamboree

Four Scouts from Troop and Pack 378 in Hood River attended the regional jamboree, WashJam 2012, from Aug. 16-19 near Tacoma, Wash.

More than 3,000 Scouts from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Canada attended the event and had an outstanding time. Age-appropriate activities were offered for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts Alec Brockway, Skyler Burck, Ben Ortiz and Webelos Cub Scout Zach Voyles took part in the activities offered for older scouts, which included rock wall climbing, teamwork and problem-solving exercises, sword boffing, canoeing, obstacle course, tomahawk and spear throwing, knots and lashing, survival skills and more.

There were also areas for rifle shooting, archery, merit badges, technology challenges, kayaking and many more activities. It was hard to get to all the activities in the two full days offered. Entertainment shows were offered in the evenings.

For Alec, Skyler and Ben, it was great practice for the national jamboree that they will attend in the summer of 2013 in West Virginia. For Zach, it was a great warm-up for his graduation to Boy Scouts soon.

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