Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Scout Jam!

As part of a year-round celebration of the Boy Scouts of America's 100th anniversary in 2010, the Capitol Area Council based here in Austin, Texas, hosted a gigantic bash called "Scout Jam" at the Texas Expo Center. The Council arranged a showcase of dozens of cool exhibits, demonstrations, and activities that day, and the Scout troops who were camping at the event sponsored booths where the kids could learn a little something about Scouting. Dane and I took a trip down there to enjoy the day on Saturday, 9 Oct 2010. There were so many great things to do that we didn't even get around to all the booths. Here is a sampling of some of the things that caught Dane's eye.

The Museum of the Pacific War (based in Fredricksburg, Texas) demonstrated the weapons and tactics of the US Marine Corp during World War II. Here a role-player sets off an actual flame thrower! Dane was sitting on my shoulders and nearly toppled us over backwards as the wave of heat hit him and he scrambled to move away.

This 'coon-skinned frontiersman told us about Lewis and Clark's expedition across the Louisiana Purchase.

Here Dane tried throwing a spear to hunt down his food.

A little later at an inside booth, he tried his skill with a blow-gun. His shots fell a little low, which was surprising considering how much hot air I was sure he could summon up. Fortunately, we didn't have to depend on his skill as a hunter to feed us.

One of the Scout troops was demonstrating the art of branding. They had prepared brands representing the different districts within the Capitol Area Council, plus a couple of other neat icons. Dane choose one that meant a lot to him as a souvenir.

Dane gave his mightiest tug before being topped from the Tree Stump Tug o' War.

He made a paper boat that held 16 marbles before it sank!

There were plenty of booths where he tried his hand different sports.

We watched a robot football game in action. We ran out of time before Dane had a turn to drive, but he was mesmerized.

He pops out here from a homemade labyrinth. It had 3 different levels with lots of twists and turns and was "spooky" dark, Dane said.

The Texas Depart of Transportation (TxDOT) brought out some of their biggest bulldozers, road scrapers, and dump trucks. To the Scouts, it was one gigantic playscape. Dane climbed everywhere.

There were so many other events that we couldn't even begin to list them all. He came home quite exhausted, but with a huge smile on his face.

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