Prism National Event
by Trey Patuka
I was privileged to attend the 2013 National Jamboree at the brand new Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. It was a great experience. I loved meeting Scouters from around the world, patch trading, and checking out our new high adventure base. I was only 13 at the time, but I knew it was an awesome opportunity to be at the very first Jamboree held at our own property. There was so much to see and do that I simply could not take it all in, but overall, it was amazing!
I was sitting at the February lodge executive committee meeting and the lodge leadership announced the eight available spaces for the OA Prism. I knew I wanted one of those tickets. I could not wait to go back and see The Summit again. I wanted to see what was new and what had changed. Plus, I knew it would be a great experience to be one of the first Arrowmen to see the Summit Circle.
My mom, my scoutmaster and his son, all fellow Arrowmen, went with me to the June 29 – July 2 session. We were not able to attend during the Southern Region week, but we enjoyed meeting new brothers from the Central Region. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather the days we attended. Pulling into the Summit Bechtel Reserve headquarters on the first day and seeing the visitor center was very cool. It was not completed during my visit in 2013. I was amazed at how large and empty the base camps looked when they were not filled with thousands of Jamboree tents. It was like seeing SBR through a new set of eyes.
On my first full day, I participated in the Summit Center program areas. My favorite was the climbing wall at Boulder Cove. I also tried out the kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and shooting areas. I always love crossing the CONSOL Energy Bridge and if you are at the Summit, you have to check it out.
The second day, we spent the morning doing a conservation project at the Summit Circle. It was unique to do a service project at the ceremony site and know I made a difference that will last forever. The Legacy Lodge Plaza and the Reflection Trail with lodge rocks and quotes from our founders and ceremonies lead to the Summit Circle, but they are special on their own. Walking the path and entering the circle for the first time made me excited to be an Arrowman and be part of our history. That night we participated in a special inauguration ceremony at the circle. This is something I will never forget. Seeing the past and being part of the present makes me enthusiastic to be part of the future.
Seven SR-9 Lodges were represented at Prism. The lodges were Alibamu, Chattahoochee, Coosa, Egwa Tawa Dee, Ini-To, Mowogo, and Withlacoochee.
Trey and his mother at the WWW Overlook in the Summit Circle
Trey on the CONSOL Energy Bridge