Weather Forces Cancellation of Boy Scouts’ 2015 Liberty Jamboree
Hurricane Threat Ends Boy Scout Patriots’ Path Council’s Plan to Host Nearly 5,000 Scouts in a Weekend Event at Liberty State Park
CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ – After more than 2 years of planning and 2,500 hours of related service projects by local troops, Patriots’ Path Council regretfully announced today that its planned 3-day Scouting extravaganza, scheduled for this weekend in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, has been cancelled due to threatening weather conditions. After meeting with Jamboree, New Jersey State, and Liberty State Park officials, the State has directed the Council to cancel the event.
According to Dennis J. Kohl, Patriots’ Path Council’s Scout Executive, “Our primary concern at all times, regardless of the venue or our investment in any event, is the safety and well-being of our Scouts and leaders. It’s unfortunate, despite the hard work of so many people and organizations, that our Scouts will be unable to participate in the Liberty Jamboree this weekend. However, given the weather outlook, we could not guarantee their safety at this event.”
The 2015 Liberty Jamboree’s STEM-related agenda featured everything from a NASA Astronaut, a NASCAR driver, the US Army Golden Knights parachute team and live wolves to hands-on activities including an extreme obstacle course, backwoods engineering, zip-line, tomahawk throw, drones, robotics, rockets, log rolling, a crane simulator and even construction of a “Habitat for Humanity” house. Scores of demonstrations and activities were to be hosted by 8 major colleges and universities, dozens of military and emergency service units, several conservation and sustainability organizations, and many local commercial enterprises.
Mr. Kohl noted that Patriots’ Path Council is grateful for the unprecedented level of support and participation from such a broad and diverse group of people and organizations that worked so hard to plan and prepare for the Liberty Jamboree.
Additional information regarding rescheduling of the event, and issues relating to refunds, will be announced by the Council in the near future.
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