Special needs Scouts enjoy the benefits of storied program

The 2010 U.S. National Jamboree was defined by its variety as Scouts from all corners of the country participated in high-adventure activities that ranged from rappelling to BMX racing.

Counted among the tens of thousands of Scouts who enjoyed a week of summer adventure and camaraderie at Virginia's Fort A.P. Hill that year was a group of LDS Scouts who were eager for a full Jamboree experience. Boy Scout Troop 601, a Church-sponsored unit from Utah's Great Salt Lake Council, included several special needs Scouts that ranged in age from the mid-20s to late 40s. Their senior member was almost 50. Many were veterans of past National Jamborees. They spent that memorable week involved in almost all of the outdoor activities enjoyed by traditional Scouts — including merit badge classes, a 5K race and scuba instruction.

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