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Boy Scouts of America Mark 100th Anniversary

Jacksonville-Area Scouts Shine Light on Scouting with Historic Celebratory Event
Boy Scouts of America Mark 100th Anniversary at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31st, at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena

As part of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary, North Florida area Scouts are inviting local residents to join in a family-friendly celebration at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena to participate in a historic broadcast of the Centennial Celebration Show from the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, an event at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia, that attracts more than 40,000 Scouts and Scouting volunteers from across the country.

The event marks the first time in BSA history that the entire Scouting community—past, present, and future—will have the opportunity to join together to experience an inspirational and interactive Jamboree Arena show, which will be broadcast via satellite to select locations nationwide and worldwide on the internet.

The Jacksonville “Shining Light” event will take place on Saturday, July 31, 2010, with doors opening at 3:00 p.m. and will conclude with the inspirational ‘Shining Light” nationwide broadcast at 8:00 p.m. The Jacksonville event will shine a light on Scouting with the help of several exciting activities for the entire community to enjoy, including:

• 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hike through the concourse like a true Scout as it is transformed into an adventure land of outdoor fun featuring interactive games and activities sponsored by dozens of groups including the Jacksonville Sharks and the Jacksonville Suns. “A Shining Light” penlight will be given to the first 3,000 entrants to help light up the arena for Jacksonville’s telecast back to the National Jamboree.
• 5:30 – 7:45 p.m. A stage show featuring local musical groups that the whole family will enjoy. MC will be Jacksonville sports radio broadcaster Cole Pepper.
• 8:00 – 10:00 pm – Watch the Centennial Celebration Show on the Jumbotron. Text your friends in the arena or at Fort A.P. Hill, VA and your message might appear on screen!
• An overview about what it takes to become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of Scouting.
• A chance to speak with members of the North Florida Council to learn more about Scouting.

“A Shining Light Across America is truly a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Scouting friends and family, and the entire North Florida community, to come together in celebration of Scouting, its rich heritage, exciting present, and bright future,” said Jack Sears, CEO of the North Florida Council. “We’re thrilled to bring this incredible experience to Jacksonville, which promises not only to build pride in our current membership, but also to spark fond memories in former Scouts and alumni, and intrigue those who may be interested in learning more about our organization.”

Hundreds of “Shining Light” events will take place across the country in venues large and small on July 31 as part of the organization’s historic nationwide broadcast of the Centennial Celebration Show, which will be performed live in front of an estimated 60,000 Scouts, Scout Leaders, and visitors at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia.

“A Shining Light Across America” is one of eight major engagement programs the Boy Scouts of America is undertaking as part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration. For a century, the organization has brought families and communities together to prepare America’s youth to live, work, and play with character and integrity. The unique 100-year activities, activated at the local level, aim to drive engagement, recruit new members and volunteers, and enhance the awareness of the value of Scouting in an inspiring, purpose-driven celebration.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org. More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

Press Contacts: For media inquiries regarding the Boy Scouts of America, contact Brooke Hammon at (W) 904-265-3812, (F) 904-387-4148, or by email at brooke.hammon@scouting.org

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