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Boy scout jamboree begins Monday

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Boy Scouts of America are preparing to celebrate their 100th anniversary Monday with a national jamboree at Fort AP Hill in Caroline County.

There are more water stations set up across the army base this year after the problems during the 2005 jamboree. Back then, thousands had to be treated for heat-related injuries.

More than 46,000 boy scouts, leaders, staff and volunteers from around the world are expected to attend the event.

Scouts will spend 10 days doing everything from archery and fishing to robotics and testing their own DNA.

The Times-Dispatch reports there are underground water lines connected to spigots, and there are plenty of coolers setup in the thousands of tents.

All scouts and volunteers will have a heat-index card that will tell them how to check the temperature through out the day. The card also explains how much water is required at certain temperatures.

For example, when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees, you need to be drinking a quart of water each hour.

Some valuable lessons the scouts will learn to enjoy this historic jamboree.

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