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Local scout to attend World Jamboree in Thailand

ADuluth area student will be among 840 scouts and leaders comprising the American contingent who will attend the 20th World Jamboree in Thailand. Devlin Lowry of Troop 106 chartered to St. Raphael Church has been selected as one of the young men ...

ADuluth area student will be among 840 scouts and leaders comprising the American contingent who will attend the 20th World Jamboree in Thailand. Devlin Lowry of Troop 106 chartered to St. Raphael Church has been selected as one of the young men who will represent the Boy Scouts of America and the Voyageurs Area Council at the quadrennial event.

The Jamboree will be held Dec. 28 through Jan. 8 at a Thai naval installation located at Sattahip in Chonburi province near the Pacific Ocean on a white sandy beach 100 miles southeast of Bangkok. The Royal Thai government will support this world-class youth event.

Using the theme "Share Our World, Share Our Culture," scouts will test skills with teen-age youths from many lands, take part in competitive events and enjoy the fellowship and pageantry of world scouting. Jamboree participants will stay in a global development village along with nearly 40 other countries sharing and exchanging ideas among 24,000 scouts from all over the world. Two days will be spent visiting local villages near the jamboree site to do various civic projects. And the scouts will also have the opportunity to tour Bangkok.

Lowry is one of four scouts who will attend this event from the Voyageurs Area Council. Lowry, a 10th-grader at Hermantown High School, is the son of Michaline and David Lowry.

Lowry was recently honored at his Eagle Court of Honor, held Nov. 3. He worked hard to attain this prestigious rank of scouting, organizing and building an Adirondack shelter for the North Shore Elementary School, with the assistance of Bruce Berggren, DNR program forester, and Judy Johnson, teacher and project founder. Lowry has been saving for three years to earn the money to attend the World Jamboree by selling Boy Scout popcorn and wreaths. Lowry has also been chosen as a Hermantown News correspondent for this event.

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The last jamboree was held in 1999 near Santiago, Chile. The first was in England in 1920. Only one, in 1967, has been held in the United States, when 12,000 youths from 105 countries camped at Farragut State Park in Idaho.

Lowry's dad, David, who is Scoutmaster of Troop 106, said that the world gathering is designed to be a "dramatic demonstration of scouting's ability to develop world brotherhood, a spirit of fellowship and a source of understanding among young people of all races, creeds and nationalities."

David Lowry will also be attending the jamboree. He has volunteered as an International Service Team (IST) staff member to assist the Thai Scouting Association at the World Jamboree. "I am thrilled to be part of such a spectacular opportunity for scouts of all nations to be brought together to share the brotherhood of scouting," David said. "I am especially honored to be able to enjoy this experience with my son."

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