Wrapping Up The Boy Scout Jamboree
By Jim Condon
August 1, 2013
The Boy Scout Jamboree was a great success, and we had the opportunity to educate many boys about the value and importance of clean water. We had a watershed map where the boys put a pin on the spot where they live. We talked about how everyone lives downstream of someone else and to be sure to clean the water they use before sending it downstream. From there they went to the pipe, and the boys loved this activity. We talked about confined space and that they should never go in a real sewer pipe. Then we magically changed them to wastewater influent so they can go through the pipe to the treatment plant. (By the way this was a great photo opportunity).
Once through the pipe they went into the first tent, where we talked about the treatment process and the importance of treating the water to make it clean. From that tent we went to a second tent, where we had actual secondary treatment mixed liquor (MLSS). Thanks to the Beckley WWTP! We talked about the types of microorganisms and what they do to clean the water. From there the boys went to the careers board where we described various careers in the water quality industry. This included engineers, lab techs, chemists, maintenance workers, collection system workers, chemists, and process operators (which includes electronic control system programmers and others). Finally we gave them the choice of “Water’s Worth It” pins (My Effort, My Passion, My Future, and Water’s Worth It). They then exited the exhibit and went on their way.
The boys were very interested and positive in their comments and really seemed to enjoy the exhibit and its activities. I know we had a great time! Many thanks to all those volunteers that helped with the WEF Jamboree exhibit, especially Ken Spear, Carl Janson, and Jim Downey. They did wonders in getting things set up, organization, and take down.