Eight area Latino Club members plan to participate in the 24th World Scout Jamboree July 22-Aug. 2 near Beckley, W.Va. 

The members headed to the Jamboree are College Place Latino Club students Mayra Campa, Jasmyn Ramirez, Carlos Meza and Melany Meza and Walla Walla High School Latino Club students Janie De Leon-Lara, Jimena España, Alejandra Gonzalez and Lali Perez. They are attending as members of Exploring Post 311, which supports both Latino clubs in the community.

They attended a preparatory shakedown session over Memorial weekend for USA Contingent 407. The dozen youth members and three adult leaders met at Boy Scout Camp Pigott, northeast of Monroe, Wash., for primary Jamboree orientation training, a critical part of the Jamboree experience, said Bill Erickson in a release. 

Participants learned about such daily activities as food preparation and cleanup, safety and camp setup, developed and performed skits for evening events and worked to become a cohesive unit for the Jamboree.

They also learned how to interact with participants from other countries, about cultural differences and customs they will encounter when meeting youths the 169 different countries expected to be there. 

“I enjoyed the weekend. I learned new things that I need to improve on and genuinely had fun. I am happy to be able to meet the people in our group and other Scouts that will be going to the World Scout Jamboree,” Jimena said.

The eight local members and youths in California will form the 35-member USA 407 Contingent.

The Jamboree is a place for friendship, cultural exchange, fellowship, and particularly at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, adventure, Bill said. It draws nearly 50,000 scouts and scouters from around the world. Each participant will spend a day of service to communities near the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve. Similar projects have provided more than 350,000 hours of service to that region.

Area youths attending the Jamboree have received financial support for the trip from Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, National Office of the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Walla Walla County, Pacific Power Foundation, Walla Walla Affiliate of the American Association of University Women, College Place Presbyterian Men, College Place Presbyterian Church, Relay for Life Staff, Rotary Club of Walla Walla, Sherwood Trust and Exchange Club of Walla Walla.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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