2001 National Jamboree:
The Outdoor Adventure Place
By Adam Hanna
Over 18,000 Scouts and Scouters can't be wrong. "The Outdoor Adventure
Place" at the 2001 National Scout
Jamboree was a total success. Exceeding the 1997 Jamboree numbers by
over 4,000 Scouts, the attendance pleasantly surprised the TOAP staff.
"TOAP was one of three program areas that the Order of the Arrow provided to
the Jamboree", says Marty Zvonar from TOAP Administration.
"It was a big hit."
TOAP contained several areas, each focused on a
different group of outdoor skills.
Experienced Scouts and Scouters staffed each area, along with some outside
experts, and gave presentations and demonstrations.
The Leadership Training Area was very popular.
It featured activities that involved problem solving with a patrol of
A U.S. Park Service
Ranger presents the "Leave No Trace" program to
TOAP participants experienced a wide
range of outdoor Scouting activities.
In the Leave No Trace area, the National Park Service, US Forest
Service and the National Outdoor Leadership School worked together to put
together a 50-minute presentation. Participants would go from tent to
tent to see a particular Leave No Trace skill demonstrated.
The Model Campsite area showcased nearly all the cooking equipment,
tents, packs, and other items found in the Boy Scout Catalog. The
highlight of the Model Campsite area was the cooking demonstration where
TOAP staff continuously prepared meals in order to demonstrate outdoor
Scouts and Scouters found many ideas for Physical Fitness
activities to take back to their Council camps in the Arrowmen Sharing Knowledge area.
Some of the activities included Tire Swings, Blind Maze, Climbing Walls, a
Vaulting Wall and an Inclined Cargo Net.
As you can see, TOAP was once again a highlight of the National Scout
Jamboree. The experienced Arrowmen at TOAP were successful in sharing
their outdoor expertise with thousands of Scouts and Scouters.
(Adam served as SPL for his council troop at the
2001 National Scout Jamboree,
and enjoyed visiting TOAP.)