Boy Scouts get experience at Jimmie Dyess Day event

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012

FORT GORDON, Ga. -- Boy Scouts set up camp at Fort Gordon on Friday, and since then, these young kids have been ready to learn.

"Today we've got Jimmie Dyess Day. It's in honor of Lt. Colonel Jimmie Dyess, a lieutenant coloner in the Marine Corps who earned a medal of honor," said Jeffrey LePak, chairman of the Boy Scouts of America.

The hands-on experience was the second Council Camporee held on the Fort Gordon post in more than two decades.

"We have 2,600 Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts from the South, CSRA and beyond to experience our professions in the military, so they're meeting with a variety of military organizations here," LePak said.

Boy Scouts had the opportunity to go repelling, observe military and public safety vehicles and train to be Army medics, among other exciting activities.

"I learned how to make a rocket for the second time, and they showed us some more science stuff of on how to make a homemade popper," said Christopher Clark, a Boy Scout from Hephzibah.

"We've learned how to tie knots. We've built little basket things and boxes," said another Boy scout, Cordell Negron from Virginia.

Organizers say this event helps mold the minds of our future leaders.

"Our goal here is to have fun. This is a chance for them to learn to be leaders. These are our future leaders, whether they're in the military or the community," LePak said.

Jimmie Dyess Day will continue until Sunday, and the scouts will continue to participate in competitions and engage in exciting activities.

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