Hundreds of Wis. Boy Scouts gather in Marshfield

  • Associated Press
  • October 14, 2013 - 1:05 PM

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — More than 2,000 Boy Scouts and their families participated in the first Samoset Council Jamboree in nearly a decade.

The Samoset Council includes six districts covering much of central and northern Wisconsin, according to News-Herald Media ( ). Parents said the event turned out well after 19 months of planning.

"It's such a great experience for the kids. What a wonderful fall day," said Shari Pfeffer, of Stevens Point.

The jamboree at the Marshfield Fairgrounds Park included a fireworks show, jousting and two-man crosscut sawing. Pfeffer's 9-year-old son, Evan, said a monkey bridge and zip line were his favorite activities.

"It's fun because you have to balance and then slide down," Evan Pfeffer said.

Meanwhile, Cameron Remus and Ethan Pernsteiner, 10-year-old Cub Scouts from Arpin, waited in line to try tomahawk throwing.

"It's hard to pick (what to do), because everything is so cool," Remus said.

Bryan Call, chairman of the events committee, said he hopes the council will be able to hold the event every three years in the future.

"Hopefully it won't be another decade," he said.

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