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Battering Ram at the Jamboree

Positioning the Battering Ram to Knock Open the Gate
Positioning the Battering Ram to Knock Open the Gate
Builders Display Big Green Fist
Builders Proudly Display Big Green Fist

Along with the AT&T Spoof “Signal” Tower, another exceedingly creative pioneering project provided a fun challenge for groups of Scouts and Venturers. The structure was designed and built completely out of wood—axles, wheels, the works—all lashed together. Originally, it was going to be a Flintstone-mobile, but was transformed instead into a frolicking battering ram. Our chain saw sculptor carved a large green fist (like that of the Hulk) for the business end of the swinging pole, which became an enduring source of levity for the adult staffers involved in the project.

Though the finished project was heavy, the wooden wheels enabled crews to roll it around on the grass and move it into position to batter through an improvised swinging gate, (and later to batter down an assembly of wooden blocks).

Pushing Battering Ram into Position / Pulling Battering Ram into Position
Pushing Battering Ram into Position / Pulling Battering Ram into Position

The teamworking challenge each group faced stemmed primarily from the necessity to roll the cumbersome construction into position, which required a good deal of pulling, pushing, and maneuvering.  Once in position, the crew was able to swing the big fist into the obstruction and, without fail, delightfully crash through!

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AT&T Spoof “Signal” Tower at the Jamboree

After a supply of bamboo was used for the gateway to Peschke Field up on Garden Ground Mountain, a team of Pioneering staff received the inspiration to use most of what was left over to comically copy one of AT&T’s nearby cell towers.

The AT&T Cell Tower made out of Bamboo in the Pioneering Area of the 2013 National Jamboree
The AT&T Cell Tower made out of Bamboo in the Pioneering Area of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree

The 30-foot clever creation received a good deal of acclaim as Scouts and Scouters observed the structure and came to the obvious conclusion that the bamboo tower was a tongue-in-cheek reproduction of the highly technical real thing.

A central aspect of pioneering is to ingeniously and skillfully make do with what one has and use it to the best possible advantage, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes for utility, and sometimes for fun. 

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