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President Eisenhower

Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree near Colorado Springs, Colo., July 28, 1960.

 

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July 28, 1960, by Richard Emanuel.

 

After a breakfast of cereal. eggs, and rock mountain dew (fruit juice mixture), we had our flag raising.

 

At 9:30 AM all the Jamboree troops in Section 34 lined up alongside the road to see and cheer President Eisenhower as he passed by. A large escort consisting of secret service, police and officials proceeded and followed our chief executive as thousands of cameras clicked when he passed in review. It was a thrilling experience.

 

After lunch of cold cuts and sandwiches. our troop, under Mr. Crawford's supervision, went to various activities such as: marksmanship, archery, orienteering, trap shooting, and casting. Unfortunately "marksmanship" was closed (ahead of schedule*) but we were admitted to the other skills. These sports were needed for the coveted Jamboree Adventure Award. Steve Horlitz and Mitch Roberts completed this award.

 

Returning at 4:30 PM. fires were started for dinner. After-a meal of steak, potatoes and string beans, the troop got ready to leave for the arena for closing ceremonies.

 

At the show "The Sons of the Pioneers," Herb Shriner, and the Koshare Indian dancers were some of the stars that participated. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

 

The big event of the evening was the candle lighting ceremony when we all dedicated ourselves to do our duty to God and our Country, and the ideals of Scouting. Thousands upon thousands of lighted candles created a very impressive sight.

 

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* We learned from Mr. Crawford that a reservation to use the rifle range today was made with Mr. Lester Friedman (the professional executive in charge of activities for our section) on Monday, July 25, 1960.

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