SEALs and SWCCs Support National Boy Scout Jamboree

Story Number: NNS130725-10Release Date: 7/25/2013 8:38:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meranda Keller, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs

BECTHEL SUMMIT, W.Va. (NNS) -- Members of the Navy SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Scout Team attended the first National Scout Jamboree 2013 held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, July 15-24.

SEAL and SWCC Sailors supported the National Scout Jamboree in an effort to promote Naval Special Warfare awareness and conduct a Physical Screening Test in connection with earning the first brand new Summit SEAL Challenge award for fitness.

To earn the Summit SEAL Challenge award for fitness there are several things to be completed. Any scout to achieve the rank of Star, Life or Eagle may earn this new uniform patch. First, they must have the citizenship in the nation, personal fitness, swimming and lifesaving or have earned the Venture Ranger award merit badges.

According to David W. Roberts, senior innovation manager for Boy Scouts of America, during the Jamboree the Canopy Tour, bows, barrels, rope challenge course, climbing skills, mariner adventure or mountain biking curriculum courses need to be completed. The final evolution to achieve this patch is to pass the Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Test (PST).

Special Warfare Operator Chief James Jackson said, "This strength and endurance test consists of a 500 yard swim in 12:30 or less, 50 sit-ups, 50 push ups, 10 pull-ups and a mile and a half run in 10:30 or less."

"The decisions to keep the PST the same as the real SEAL standard came from a panel of SEALs who are Eagle scouts," said Capt. Duncan Smith, commanding officer, Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate. "Both Officer and enlisted SEALS chaired the panel and the decision was backed by Admiral Sean Pybus, the former commander of Naval Special Warfare Command."

SEAL and SWCC Sailors, who served as mentors, conducted a pull-up challenge for the athletes and attendees during the jamboree. They also brought the Special Operations Craft-Riverine a high-speed boat with ample weapons and equipment capabilities, allowing attendees to climb on board and ask any question they had about SEAL and SWCC.

"We were told by two sources the Summit SEAL Challenge was the most popular event at the jamboree," said Smith.

More than 500 Scouts pre-registered online before 15 June. 237 showed up to the challenge, and 46 Scouts passed the challenge to receive the Summit SEAL Challenge award.

"The guys who didn't pass got upset, but I told them it took me four tries before I passed it. I am a SEAL today though because I kept putting one foot in front of the other and working at it," said Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Justin Smith.

"I found the test to be very difficult even after training for it for six weeks" said 18-year-old Griffin St. Louis after completing the PST.

The event gave participants a chance to interact with SEAL and SWCC operators. The National Scout Jamboree 2013 held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia came to close with the SEAL and SWCC operators giving the Scouts a brief on mental toughness, physical fitness, setting goals and achieving them, and teamwork.

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