The scouts allowed all religions to have booths with information about their churches.
We were asked to use our missionaries to help man the Mormon booth. This ended up an incredible experience for both the scouts and the missionaries. We had 8 Elders there each of the 10 days of the camp. So 80 of our Elders were able to participate.
The booth was beautiful with large displays and lots of literature. We also had a patch and a medallion available for the scouts. The Medallion was extremely popular and generated alot of interest. There were a list of 6 things they had to accomplish to recieve this medallion.
The elders were treated like royalty by many of the scouts. Scouts would cheer for them as they walked past or sworm them and ask questions. It was nice for them to be cheered for when they are often used to having doors slammed.
A really neat connection is that Bro and Sis Kirkham, our own Elder Kirkham's parents were asked by the church to be in charge of the booth. Our Elder Kirkham was put in charge of arranging who and how the elders got to the site.
AP Hill is an enormous base. The security was exceptionally tight and we had to have special passes. There were 45,000 scouts attending the camp and 15 thousand adults (9 army, and 6 scout leaders). I can't imagine the logistics of feeding and entertaining this many for 10 days.
It was incredible. There were so many activities for the scouts to participate in and endless amounts of badges available. They had huge arenas with super programs. What an experience.
The George Albert Smith Award. Our booth was so popular we had to expand to more space.
Elders Bramwell, Hoffer, Key, and Bullock.
Me and Sis. Kirkham
President Albright with Todd Moody and Paul Moffat
Other churches had booths
It was so HOT. I thought I would DIE. They had these little heat index cards to monitor how bad the heat was and the amount of water required to be drank. It was in the black zone when we went the first day.
Elder Hoffer cooling off behind the booth
Sis. Kirkham visits with scouts.
Pres. With some scouts from home: the Moffat and Hershey boys
Pres. and Bro. Kirkham
2 LDS boys told Mark they wanted to go on missions
One small display. (haha
They had guns of all kinds. this was some shooting game
The guarded entrance with soldiers in uniform
Each troop had their own entrance. Most troops sent a semi ahead with equipment
Soldiers everywhere. We came in the back entrance where it was quicker The front entrance had a beautiful stone fence and signs. But the wait to get in was an hour.