For those with a bit of the explorer in their hearts and an afternoon to splurge, the 1981 National Scourt Jamboree is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3. On July 29 and Aug. 4, the public will be allowed to remain on the grounds until 10 p.m. for the opening and closing ceremonies.
There are two main entrances to the camp, one off State Highway 2 and one off U.S. Highway 301, with information booths at each entrance. Parking is available at each entrance, and scout officials ask that visitors donate $3 for all-day parking. An intercamp bus service will be available between the two entrances; most other places on the 5,000-acre camp can be reached only by walking.
The camp will have restrooms, pay phones and first aid stations available. Although camp trading posts will have film, souvenirs and snacks, there is no full food service for visitors. So if you have a hefty appetite, be sure to pack a lunch.
Throughout the week, many events will be open to the public. If competitions are your thing, you will be able to catch fire-building, flagpole-raising and tug-of-war contests.For those who like their days a bit quieter, be sure and catch the Merit Badge Midway, the Arts and Science Fair, the Handicap Awareness Trail or conservation exhibits -- to name a few of the events open to the public.
There also are several special events scheduled:
July 29 -- Arena show, "America's Heritage, featuring the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, the Patuxent Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Naval Academy Band and the Jamboree Indian Dance Team. The preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. and the main show at 8:30 p.m. The event is free, with on-the-ground seating. Bring a picnic dinner.
Aug. 1-2 -- From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at each of the 18 subcamps, visitors will be able to learn scouting skills at the See 'n' Do event.
Aug. 4 -- Arena event, "America's Future" starring Burl Ives, the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus, fireworks and parade of jamboree patrol flags. Preshow begins at 7 p.m. and main show at 8:30 p.m.
To get there: Fort A.P. Hill is 5 miles northeast of Bowling Green, Va., off U.S. Highway 301, and 22 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, Va., off State Highway 2.