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Scout pole hauled from Parsons to National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia


With the National Boy Scout Jamboree starting in a few days two Parsons, Kansas men are heading to West Virginia, but they aren't just hauling their bags.  They're also taking a 1,600 pound log that's being turned into a scout pole actually.

Jim Schmitz and John Davis will be hauling the log more than a thousand miles over the next few days.

Schmitz has carved the poles before for Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps and he says that he doesn't ever want to do it as a business, just his main hobby.

"It seems like I was a boy raised on a farm to far from town to learn baseball so I always had a pocket knife and it just seemed like the natural things to do," says Schmitz, District Advancement Chair.

For this year's National Boy Scout Jamboree, held July 15th through the 24th, Schmitz will be finishing the pole in West Virginia while teaching kids with a hands on approach.

"I had to do some of the carving here (in Parsons) because I had a limited amount of time there to do it and I had to make sure that even if I don't get very many people to help I've got time that I could finish it on my own if I had too," says Schmitz.

"I think it's going to be one of those project in which the people that helped Jim will look back and say 'oh, I am so pleased I did that, that was the highlight of the whole trip,'" says John Davis.

It's a project that started with a phone call from the national office.  It features the National Eagle Scout Association emblem along with many other eagles.

"The wings of the eagle appear to be supporting the earth and it symbolizes Eagle Scouts dedication to the whole world," says Schmitz.

While Schmitz says he's excited about the trip he says he's only doing it because he loves beings a part of the Boy Scouts.

"They teach character and leadership and they give the kids activities and things that help out with life skills, many times career opportunities, it's just a great organization that I believe in or I wouldn't do it."

Schmitz has another carving planned for the ranch in Sedan next year.

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