Vermillion Boy Scout has fond memories of Jamboree

Vermillion Boy Scout has fond memories of Jamboree
Last July, David Yar-brough, a freshman at Vermillion High School, was the only South Dakota Boy Scout participating in the Scout's National Jamboree, held near Washington, DC.

Shortly after arriving at Fort A.P. Hill Caroline County, VA, he found himself in the middle of 76,000 acres with over 55,000 other Scouts, 11,000 staff and 25,000 visitors each day.

Yarbrough had no time to even think about becoming homesick, however.

By the time the jamboree's various events were wrapping up on Aug. 2, he had mixed feelings about returning home.

"I had tons of fun at the jamboree and even though I was having so much fun and didn't want to leave, I also wanted to head home," he said. "I was a little sad when we left, but also happy knowing I would be home soon."

He left knowing that he made many friends in just a short period of time.

"Just being there � it was just so good and so exciting to be there with a bunch of other Scouts."

Yarbrough, a member of Boy Scout Troop 66, UCC Church, Vermillion, was selected by the Sioux Council to attend the national jamboree. He worked for 18 months to raise money to help pay his expenses, and was chosen to attend as the quartermaster for Sioux Council 1431. Troop 1431 is comprised of 36 Scouts and four Scoutmasters chosen from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

His participation in the jamboree gave Yarbrough the opportunity to visit Washington, DC's various museums and memorials.

He also earned several badges that will help on his journey to eventually gain Eagle Scout status. The patches signify his competing activities ranging from SCUBA diving and conservation to drug enforcement administration and emergency awareness.

"There was just so much to do," Yarbrough said.

The jamboree concluded the evening of Aug. 2 with an address from President Bush and a fireworks show.

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