During a down moment at this summer’s National Jamboree, our Voice of Scouting team caught Wayne for five minutes. This is what he had to say about the upcoming World Jamboree:

“Besides outdoor wilderness adventure, the Summit has more than five miles of zip lines, a whitewater-rafting circuit, a 120-foot tree house, and a stadium for 85,000 people. That’s why he thinks it is the perfect location for the 24th World Scout Jamboree and that is exactly why he brought it here. 

Big Zip races 3/4 mile from top to bottom.

“Other than the Summit, no one else could do the high adventure component that we already have here. The zip lines, shooting sports, and the canopy tours are here, right along with the climbing walls—you could not create them for a Jamboree. It has got to be at a permanent facility like we have here at the Summit.

“The opportunity for High Adventure is going to be unique to this site and it may not be offered again for a long time at World Jamborees. It’s going to break the mold for World Jamborees and it’s going to be an experience that kids from around the world are going to find amazing. Everything we give them at a world jamboree will be here plus more; this is Jamboree+!

“They are also going to find that this facility is all permanent, with underground utilities including sewer, water and more 200,000 miles of fiber-optic cable, making it one of the most wired communities around. It has wonderful sustainability features and offers a great learning experience, that we cannot wait to hos with both Canada and Mexico.

“Of course, the Summit is close for our Scouts and will cost less to travel to, but of the 40,000 World Jamboree slots, the BSA may only get 8,000 places. So sign up early—don’t let this opportunity pass you by—you will never forget a World Jamboree. They are unique and fun, filled with opportunities to see Scouting around the world, different cultures, different kids; it’s an amazing experience.

The Sustainability Treehouse is a living education center, not only providing information but also immersing visitors in the concept of sustainability. Between the local timber used to build the structure, the rainwater recovery system or the wind and solar generated energy, the Sustainability Treehouse is not just a museum, it’s an adventure.

“At a world Jamboree, about three days into it, you can’t tell what country the kids are from. They trade jerseys, scarfs, hats, in fact, until you look at their name tags you cannot tell what country they are from. All the countries start mixing and matching at dinner so that Scoutmasters have a difficult time keeping track of which country their Scouts are at for dinner. They have a board that shows, for example, two of my Scouts are in Brazi, two are in Germany and two are in Ethiopia, and, we have six from Gambia and four from Palestine. It’s so wonderful—it’s like taking World Scouting and putting it in a blender, then serving it and it’s a dish you want to have!”

Some 50,000 Scouts and Scouters from 167 different countries are expected at the event, to be held July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019. They’ll meet people from around the world while enjoying SBR’s world-class adventure offerings.—Bryan Wendell, Editor, Scouting Magazine

If you are interested in having your daughter or son attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree/Scout Mondail North America check with your local council for a spot, but in the meantime, you can read more about it at Bryan on Scouting.

As the top volunteer Scouter and past BSA National President, Wayne Perry is one of the visionaries for the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) and have been since the Summit’s planning stages (see image above with the National Key 3, Tico Perz [right], Wayne Perry [center] and Wayne Brock [right]). In fact, to honor his family’s commitment to the Summit, there are bronze statutes for him and Christine, his wife, on the roadway into Perry Point.

“This is Disneyland for kids, …It’s where young people come and are really challenged.”—Wayne Perry

It was Wayne’s national connec­tions and leadership that assembled the team of Scouters, philan­thro­pists, and executives instru­men­tal in the development of SBR. From creating the financing task force, to visiting all 80 proposed sites in 28 states, to donating to The Summit to fund W.P. Point, Perry has been a key advocate of the facility.

Wayne M. Perry, past president of the Boy Scouts of America, currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Shotgun Investments. He began his career in 1976, serving as legal officer, General Counsel, President, and finally Vice-Chairman of a telecommunications firm. He co-founded Edge Wireless, in 2000 where he served as CEO until it was sold to AT&T in 2008. He is also a minority owner of the Seattle Mariners major league baseball team, and serves on the Board of Directors of Baseball of Seattle, Inc.

Wayne chats with an Arrowman from the Bay-Lakes Council about his time at the 2008 ArrowCorps5 project.

In 1980, Wayne began his work in Scouting as a Cubmaster with Pack 601 in Bellevue, WA. He has filled many positions since then, including Scoutmaster, District Chairman, Council President (Chief Seattle Council), Regional President (Western Region), a member of the National Executive Board, International Commissioner, and a member of the World Scout Foundation Board.

This summer, Wayne and Christine traveled to the World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden. Christine (front) walked with a contingent of Scouts from the United Kingdom.

Wayne and is wife, Christine are the parents of four Eagle Scout sons: Kevin, Gregory, Douglas and Justin. In addition, Wayne is a private pilot, and an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Wayne and Christine believe their contributions to Scouting are a great investment in the youth of the world. According to them, no other youth-serving organization can teach youth about leadership and character with the efficiency of Scouting.

Darryl Alder
Darryl is a retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. These days he is a Scouting Ambassador and serves on the Council Membership and Marketing Committee. However, his pride in Scouting is his volunteer service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative, and Commissioner.

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