The 80th Boy Scout Jamboree is underway at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. President Donald Trump is addressing the Scouts today, the eighth president to do so of twelve that have served since the inaugural Jamboree in 1937.
Forty-thousand boys from across the United States will get to hear from the president. Secretary of State and Distinguished Eagle Scout Rex Tillerson was honored with a bronze statue on Friday.
The National Jamboree spans ten days, uniting Boy Scouts, leaders, and volunteers across the country. They participate in leadership and adventure activities such as rafting, exploring the mountainside hiking and bouldering, and sometimes via zip lines and ATVs.
Former president Barack Obama twice declined to address the event. Mike Opelka remarked on today’s “Pure Opelka,” “I’m sure there was something pressing both times he was invited.”