Grant J. Weaver, a scout from Troop 497 of Blanco, Texas, headed up Troop 1634 of the Capital Area Council for the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree, the 100th anniversary of scouting in America. Grant usually serves his troop at the Blanco United Methodist Church, but this past week he took his leadership skills all the way to Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia, where he was the Senior Patrol leader.
For Grant, this was his second time attending the National Jamboree. This time, Grant was attending for leadership experience, and that’s something he definitely got! With 35 scouts in Troop 1634, it took significant commitment to lead the troop. In Boy Scouts, the Senior Patrol Leader must make sure everything gets done, and that is no small task.
Grant’s daily tasks ranged from gathering the troop at 5:00 a.m. for a 5K race to checking that the campsite got cleaned up before everyone headed out and coordinating meals. However, he also had to motivate scouts to participate in activities such as obstacle courses, shooting ranges, and water sports, and he motivates scouts to contribute to the troop by cooking, cleaning up, or retrieving the food.
The most memorable part of this Jamboree for him was getting to know all 35 scouts. “I got to know everyone,” said Grant. This is rightly so, because, although there were adult leaders in the troop, Jack Gindler said, “The senior patrol leader is the true leader of the troop.”
Grant’s times at the National Boy Scout Jamborees have been both an experience of a lifetime and a blessing and he looks forward to expanding his scouting experience as an adult leader in the future. As for now, Grant plans on preparing for football season and his senior year at Blanco High.