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The Boy Scouts Jamboree is leaving Caroline
The Boy Scouts of America are preparing to move their 2013 National Scout Jamboree from Fort A.P. Hill to what they hope will be a permanent home in southwest Virginia.
The organization will celebrate its 100th anniversary with the 2010 jamboree at the Caroline County Army base, which it has used for more than a quarter-century. But it then plans to move the event to Goshen in Rockbridge County in 2013.
The jamboree brings thousands of Boy Scouts and leaders from around the country every four years and pumps millions into the area economy. It was last held in 2005, but the next one is being pushed back a year to 2010 to coincide with the Boy Scouts’ centennial.
Caroline County officials said they applied to keep the jamboree but are not surprised by the move. The Boy Scouts said they received 80 proposals from 28 states offering to host the event.
"We respect the fact that they had a process and that they chose to go somewhere else," said Caroline County Administrator Percy Ashcraft. "But we get the benefit of one more year."