He purchased several new items just for the Jamboree. He has a solar-powered phone charger, a new LED light that pops up, condensed towels that dry quickly and a solar shower pack to provide warm water for showers.
"I think a lot of kids either over-pack or under-pack when they first go camping," Giles said. "By the time you've gotten to where I am, you'll usually have a good idea of what all you should take clothing-wise, equipment-wise and what works for you."
Purdy said technology has changed packing, as well.
"Something as simple as underwear, with three pair of the microfiber underwear, you can wash them out and, overnight, they dry on your tent," he said. "In the old days, you had cotton underwear, and you pretty much had to have a pair for every day."
The council also stresses fitness to their troops. Once they arrive at The Summit, the council will set up its campsite, assembling tents and cookware. The activities are scattered across the reserve, where Scouts might have to travel up to 90 minutes to get to activities.
"They need two good hiking shoes, there's no public transportation system at a Jamboree," Purdy said. "They need to be fit and healthy to get the most out of their Jamboree."
Isaac Abdulla, 13, also will attend his first Jamboree. He believes his outdoor skills will come in handy. Now he's just focused on packing the essentials, like toiletries and cookware.
He is most looking forward to meeting people from different places. Abdulla also is thinking about starting to wake up a bit earlier so he can get into a routine.
"We're taking twice as many kids to this National Jamboree as we did [last time]," Purdy said. "That has to be largely in part because it's in our backyard."
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