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NASA Helps Celebrate 100 Years of Scouting at the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree
07.28.10
 
NASA at the Boy Scout Jamboree The NASA-designed Boy Scout logo.

Scouts learn about the fundamentals of robotics. Scouts learn about the fundamentals of robotics through small tabletop units that take basic commands.
Image Credit: NASA/Todd Cannon
There's power in numbers. And with tens of thousands Boy Scouts and leaders celebrating 100 years of 'Scouting in America,' this year's event is a 10-day dream come true.

"'Fun' is the watchword of the jamboree," said Robert J. Mazzuca, the Boy Scout's Chief Scout Executive, of the event that is being held July 26-Aug. 4.

Scouting is endemic to NASA's astronaut corps, with more than 200 astronauts having been Boy or Girl Scouts. While scouting may not always lead to a career as an astronaut, both organizations promote leadership and teamwork.

Held every four years in Virginia, this year's jamboree features NASA traveling exhibits from the Glenn Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. There are also interactive displays featuring the history of NASA and aviation with scientists, engineers and other NASA staff on hand to answer questions. Also at this year's Jamboree are such exhibits as Robots on the Road, Lunar Quest, Stennis Space Center's Astro Camp and a model of the James Webb Telescope.

Scouting and NASA Activities
NASA Space Place: Cub Scouts →
Work on Scout Achievements and Electives at the Space Place!

Recognizing Eagle Scouts
Learn how to receive a congratulatory letter and certificate from NASA’s Administrator upon earning the prestigious Eagle Rank.

Saturn Youth Groups→
Whether it's a Scout troop or 4-H club, local library or astronomy club, a number of activities and opportunities are available for kids of all ages to get involved.

Preflight Interview: Michael Fossum
Mike Fossum, STS-121 mission specialist and former Boy Scout, discusses how he made the decision to become an astronaut.

Space Center Houston – Scout Camp-In →
Campers participate in a structured evening full of hands-on activities and presentations, all designed with the scout badge requirements in mind.