On the Ground at the Boy Scout Jamboree
By Carl Janson
July 16, 2013
Greetings from Beckley, West Virginia and the Bechtel Scout Facility. On Saturday and Sunday we completed getting the WEF Exhibit Area ready for the arrival of the Scouts and Leaders on Monday. The entrance is a 36” diameter Stormwater Pipe. Just before the entrance we have a Water Resources Map of the US where the boys and leaders are encouraged to pin their location. Upon entering the first of the two tents, we utilize a series of displays loaned to us by Alexandria VA’s Sanitary Authority to explain the various treatment stages and processes utilized at their water reclamation facility to treat sanitary wastes. From there visitors proceed to the microscope tables, where they can see some of the organisms that help to biologically treat the wastewater. After that, they are directed to the careers in water table, where careers available are explained and promoted. Prior to leaving the exhibit they are each given a BSA/WEF pin and a WEF Water is Worth It Campaign pin.
With over 40,000 scouts and leaders arriving on Monday, there were a few transportation hiccups. We had been able to drive on site for our Saturday and Sunday set up work, but on Monday we had to take shuttle busses to our Conservation Trail area. We waited almost an hour for the bus to the site, where we put the finishing touches for the arrival of the scouts. Monday was move in day and we had several groups of scouts/leaders stop in. We are expecting this to pick up on Wednesday – the first full day for the Conservation Trail (Tuesday is also a half day while scouts and leaders get settled). Also beginning on Wednesday, visitors are allowed to come on site.
Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped set up the display and staff our WEF Exhibit here at the Jamboree. A special thanks To Ken Spear and Jim Condon for their veteran guidance and to Steve Harrison of WEF for all his work both in preparing for the Jamboree and his work here in WV on site. The East is in the midst of a heat wave and we are seeing temperatures in the mid 80’s on the site. Our exhibit tents are in the shade and we are thankful for that. We appreciate all the dedication of our onsite WEF member volunteers in helping to set up the exhibit and staff it. We are working with WEF in promoting a better awareness of water reclamation and the opportunities to have a career in this field. We also are stressing the importance of water and its conservation in our daily lives.
The transportation hiccup continued on Monday evening with us having to wait over two hours for the shuttle bus to arrive and take us to the shuttle lot. We have been assured that this will not happen on Tuesday. As I write this Blog we are heading to the shuttle lot for Tuesday. We are hopeful that they have improved the shuttle bus service. Signing off for now…