Joint Base Lewis-McChord was buzzing with activity late last month as more than 4,500 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture, Varsity, Explorer, Cub Scouts and their adult leaders attended WashJam 2016. The once-every-four-year event drew participants from around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, as well as troops from as far away as Utah and Texas.
The four-day event offered a range of scout and camping activities, from bb gun and archeology activities for younger campers to BMX bike trails, .22 caliber rifle and pistol shooting and wilderness survival training for older scouts. In a mash-up between camping and technology, scouts were also able to learn computer coding, HAM radio operation, robotics, automotive repair and technology as well as chemistry, science, botany and disaster preparedness.
A Zombie Night hike drew more than 1,000 participants. Entertainment included visits from the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbird team, which then performed precision flying demonstrations at the Air Show at McChord Field Saturday and Sunday.