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Boy Scout Jambo 2012 to be held at KU, Cevallos to receive award

May 14, 2012

Dr. Javier Cevallos to receive the prestigious Silver Beaver Award

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - More than 5,500 Scouts and their families will celebrate scouting's premier local event, Jambo 2012, May 18-20, 2012 at Kutztown University. Scouts will enjoy a great weekend of scouting fun and excitement. Jambo 2012 will offer many varied activities for scouts including: scout crafts, scuba and kayak lessons, rock walls, inflatables and family camping on KU's campus.

A variety of exhibitors will be on hand to provide demonstrations for scouts including: the Lehigh Valley Zoo, the Franklin Institute, Camelback, America on Wheels, Bricks 4 Kids, and many more. A Saturday night show will feature Kicking Daisies, the winner of Radio Disney's 2012 Next Big Thing, fireworks and a power parachuter demonstration will round of the evening entertainment.

During the opening ceremony (8 a.m., Saturday, May 19,  University Field) the Silver Beaver Award will be presented to Dr. Javier Cevallos, president of Kutztown University. This award is the highest award presented by a local Scout council and recognizes noteworthy service of an exceptional character to youth by a Scouting volunteer with the Minsi Trails Council, BSA.

KU last hosted the Jambo in May 2006, 2008 and 2010 with great success.  

Announcement for Kutztown area residents

The Jambo will attract several thousand scouts from the Minsi Trails and other area councils, as well as their guests and the general public. In all, we expect the campus to be bustling with 6,000-9,000 visitors over the weekend.

  • The scouts will be tent camping on all North Campus fields in and around the academic buildings, athletic fields and grassy areas on Friday and Saturday nights, May 18 and 19.

  • There will be a concert on Saturday night, May 19 at University Field, (the football stadium).   The concert is expected to end by 9 p.m.
  • A fireworks show will be held after the concert on North Campus.   Fireworks will be launched from the field between the Pa. German Heritage Center and the water tower. 

If you are interested in getting an up-close look, the Jambo is open to the public and access to the grounds is free. Day-passes to partake in various activities can be purchased at the information booth on site. 

Parking and Road Closures

From Conference Services: Traffic on campus will be heavy with the numbers of vehicles and trailers coming for the weekend.  Public Safety & Police Services will be bringing in the traffic on Lytle Lane and Luckenbill Road.  Both of the roadways will be closed to one-way traffic from 4:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18 to accommodate move in.   All of the parking lots on North Campus are being utilized for this event until noon on Sunday, May 20.  On south campus, lots C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, F3, F4, D2, and D3 will be closed on Thursday night to accommodate the number of activities and programs that are taking place all weekend.  Should you decide to come to campus this weekend or will be here after 4 p.m. this Friday, please plan to park in one of the following lots - A2, A3, B1, F1, F2, F3, E1 or E2.  (campus maps)

Please contact either the Office of Conference Services (31359) or Public Safety and Police Services (34002) with questions.  Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation in helping to make this event a success.

About Minsi Trails Council

Minsi Trails Council provides leadership and character development programs to nearly 17,000 youth with 5,500 adult volunteers. The council serves young people throughout the Anthracite Region, Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania along with western New Jersey and serves six-counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne, and Warren counties. The local scouting heritage dates back more than 100 years when the council's first scout troops were established in the Allentown and Easton areas.