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Nearly 800 boys and 105 leaders, representing three Utah-based Scout councils, will attend the 1993 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., beginning Aug. 4.

For seven days, Caroline County will welcome more than 30,000 visitors who will stake claim to the land, pitch their tents and temporarily create a new Virginia city.The theme of this year's jamboree, "A Bridge to the Future," will focus on the challenges and opportunities in the United States for today's youth.

The jamboree will have its own ZIP code and postal system, telephones, bus service, daily newspaper and medical and first-aid stations.

Participants will come to Fort A.P. Hill, a U.S. Army installation at Bowling Green, Va., and site of the past three national jamborees, from places as close as Bowling Green and Washington, D.C., and as far away as Lagos, Nigeria, and Stockholm, Sweden.

The Great Salt Lake Council will send 400 boys and 50 leaders. The Trapper Trails Council, Ogden, which was organized last year from the Lake Bonneville and Cache Councils in Utah and the Jim Bridger Council in Wyoming, will send a total of 214, and the Utah National Parks Council, Provo, 235.

The latter council was invited to supply the American contingent to attend the first All-Russian encampment near Perm in Siberia. Sixteen boys and four leaders left Utah on July 14 and will return Aug. 4. Adam McDaniel, American Fork, will also attend the U.S. jamboree on his way back from Russia, said Jack Dillon, Orem, director of support services for the Utah National Parks Council and adviser for the national jamboree con-tin-gent.

David Glauser is in charge of jamboree planning for the Great Salt Lake Council, and Al Sonnenburg, a new field director for Trapper Trails, is staff coordinator for the jamboree from that council.

All three councils will sponsor a number of historical, recreational and other tours to Washington, D.C.; New York City; Orlando, Fla.; and other areas before or after the jamboree. Groups from Trapper Trails and Utah National Parks will board jets Monday at the Salt Lake International Airport. The Salt Lake Scouts and Scouters will leave Tuesday.

At the encampment, Scouts will participate in a variety of traditional outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming and biking, as well as other nontraditional events such as canoe slalom, rappelling and confidence course. Other highlights include pioneering physics, a raft encounter, "trail of the spirit," snorkeling and scuba diving, a merit-badge midway, an arts and science fair and stage shows.

Two LDS general authorities, Elder Jack H Goaslind, general president of the Young Men program and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and Elder Stephen D. Nadauld, Young Men first counselor and a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, will attend the encampment. Several regional representatives will serve as chaplains.

Elder Goaslind will be chaplains' coordinator, and Elder Nadauld will oversee LDS chaplains' activities at the jamboree.

The excitement of Jason Webb, 14, a South Jordan Scout, is representative of that of other Utah jamboree-bound youths. A son of Roxann and Cyril Webb, Jason will be attending his first national jamboree.

"I will never be able to go back East again. We (our family) doesn't usually go that far away from home. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm looking forward to the friendship of other boys from throughout the country and getting a chance to see a lot of places and meet a lot of people," said the youth, who noted that he earned all of the $1,600 required for his trip and the jamboree.

Jamboree preparations began in early 1991. Event organizers have had to grapple with the logistics, for example, of hauling in tons of fresh fruit, meat and produce, and recruiting the medical staff to support thousands of Scouts, volunteers and visitors.