More than 12,000 Scouts and their leaders, including 27 from foreign countries, will attend the second annual International Jamboral Friday evening and Saturday at Flinder's Mountain Meadow Ranch near Park City.
Countries represented at the encampment, which begins at 8:30 p.m. with a "World Showcase" of entertainment, are Japanand the United Kingdom nations of Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, according to Jim Davidson, Sandy, a volunteer Scouter.During the event, Scouts will be visited by mountain men and entertained by live bands, participate in an international cookoff, play games, view fireworks and other displays and watch hot-air balloons float by from Park City's Autumn Aloft Festival.
The Scouts will camp on 150 acres, while a different 100-acre site at the ranch has been reserved for activities.
Kim Hansen, director of support services for the council and staff adviser for the jamboral, said those attending in 875 troops will include two troops from Canada; a troop from Matsumoto, Salt Lake City's sister city in Japan; a composite troop from the United Kingdom; 28 troops from the Utah National Parks, Cache Valley and Lake Bonneville Councils in Utah; the Jim Bridger Council in Rock Springs, Wyo.; and a troop from California.
All Scouts will receive the Scout Crest Emblem, which will be worn as a permanent part of their uniform, and will earn other patches, pins and awards. "The jamboral will celebrate the world brotherhood of Scouting and show the many merits of Scouting in Utah," Davidson said.
The public is invited to events beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Hansen said.