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President at Jamboree was 'amazing'

This is a dispatch from Sunny Uppal, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 741 in Federal Way who served as an official hometown news correspondent during the National Boy Scouts Jamboree in Virginia July 25-Aug. 3. The event was marred by the accidental electrocution deaths of four adult Scout leaders, but Uppal writes that the incident also led to an award for a Scout who saved his father’s life in the mishap.

By SUNNY UPPAL

For the Mirror

The Boy Scouts Jamboree has been a life-changing experience for all of us.

We have been able to experience many things that we never dreamed about.

The adult leaders –– Ray Congdan, Alan Baker and Mark Blanchard –– have done an amazing job here. Without them and our youth leaders, this jamboree would not have been a success.

July 30 was the big arena show. Over 75,000 Scouts and guests were jammed up in the arena. Due to the cancellation of the first one, this show was packed with only the best acts from both shows.

Our troops joined a line of thousands of Scouts who walked together to the arena. After about two hours of wait to the surprise of many, Scout Executive Roy L. Williams introduced the president of the United States, George W. Bush. The President addressed us for about 20 minutes on issues –– from what our part is in the

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