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Buses Pull Out After Scouts Jamboree Ends

July 31, 1985

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) _ For more than a week it was a city of 32,500, but in only a few hours Wednesday the 11th National Scout Jamboree vanished from the fields of Fort A.P. Hill.

″We starting kicking them out of here about 1 o’clock this morning,″ said Jerry Van Wagner, the Jamboree’s director of arrivals and departures.

Boy Scouts who left in the middle of the night had to make connections to other buses, trains and planes going to Western states, he said.

By 7:30 a.m., nearly half of the 700 buses had left the campsite and by midday they were nearly all gone, he said.

″It’s gone so smoothly it’s been incredible,″ he said.

A few Scouts engaged in some final horseplay and said goodbye to new friends.

″You’ve got to leave all your friends,″ said Jim Hughes, 15, of Salinas, Kan. But ″it’s kind of good to get home.″

″It’s been worth the trip,″ said Sam McPhetres, 14, of Haines, Alaska.

McPhetres and his fellow Scouts from Alaska were flying home, but a few Scouts were embarking on a cross-country bus trip.

Scouts from San Diego, Calif., left their homes by bus July 13 and arrived at the Jamboree July 23, said Mike Weibel, a counselor for the group. They were returning home the same way.

The Scouts spent the long bus trip fighting, wrestling, listening to music and trading decorative patches, Weibel said.

″One kid read 300 pages a day of science fiction,″ he said.

The Jamboree marked the 75th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and was the second one held at Fort A.P. Hill, an Army base.

The national Jamborees usually are held every four years. Scout officials haven’t decided yet whether the Scouts will return to Fort A.P. Hill for a third time or seek a new site.

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