Estimates varied, but I heard there were between 900 to 1,200 scouts camped along the waterfront in Seward for the Scout Jamboree last weekend. I don’t know the exact number, but based on all the tents lining the entire waterfront for as far as I could see – there were a lot!
I thought this photo displayed an interesting dichotomy. Here you have a luxury cruise ship with a 1,950 person capacity passing by some 1,000 tent based Boy Scouts, that together, briefly doubled the size of our town. I’m guessing from the reactions on the beach that most the boys had never seen a ship so large, never mind traveled on such a luxury liner. I’m also guessing that most the cruise ship passengers haven’t spent a night on the ground in a tent in many, many years if ever. But, by judging from all the camera clicks and flash bulbs coming from both directions, that it was clear, everyone was enjoying and appreciating the beauty of a spring evening in our beautiful state, irregardless of how they were traveling – and I think that is cool.
As a side note, I have to admit that I dreaded the thought of living next to 1,000 teenagers for the weekend. But, they couldn’t have been a nicer, better behaved bunch of young adults, we enjoyed watching the festivities from our office, and as far as I’m concerned they are welcomed back anytime!