At three o’clock Saturday, approximately forty thousand Scouts and several thousand visitors comprising friend and family were treated to a fantastic show and concert at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.
Performers included Sara Centeno, Three Doors Down, and several talented Boy Scouts from across the country.
Speakers included AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, Colonel Larry Dahl, and television star Mike Rowe. Stephenson reiterated his honor and pride at being able to help establish the Bechtel Summit Reserve, while King Carl Gustaf of Sweden expressed the duty to keep a vigorous Scouting movement across the world. His Majesty then led the nearly fifty thousand strong audience in a cheer before departing.
Colonel Larry Dahl had a more serious subject matter, relating what he learned in Scouting to his military service and how it prepared him to succeed and to deal with injuries he received in combat. Colonel Dahl now oversees the awarding of scholarships to eligible young men and women, and remarked that some of the most competitive individuals are Eagle Scouts, a demographic that he belongs to.
Mike Rowe, television star and Eagle Scout, had an even more important message to share. Through several amusing anecdotes regarding plumbing issues, he detailed how he came to create the show “Dirty Jobs.” Rowe stated that Americans have become detached from the various services that are provided to them, whether it is garbage pickup or an appointment with a plumber. He explained that he wanted Americans to respect those with a trade just like they respect an individual with a college degree.
Rowe then brought out a poster from his days in high school, which bore the slogan, “Work Smart, Not Hard.” The poster depicted a smiling college graduate while on the opposing side stood a downtrodden factory worker. He explained that he felt that Americans became detached by seemingly demonizing the thought to pursue a trade rather than a college degree. As such, he stated that the skills gap has grown, and while there are many jobs available in a trade, people are either not willing to learn a trade or afraid of a stigma attached with their occupation. He finished his speech by revising the poster to read, “Work Smart and Hard,” which depicted a degree and mastery of a trade as viable pathways to success.
After Mike Rowe finished his enlightening speech, the band Three Doors Down closed out the show with hits such as “Kryptonite” and “Citizen/Soldier.”