More than 42,000 Boy Scouts and leaders from across the United States used more than maps and compasses to learn the ropes of outdoor navigation during Boy Scouts of America’s 2005 National Scout Jamboree, which has started yesterday and will continue through Aug. 3 in Virginia. For the first time in its 68-year history, the Jamboree is teaching advanced navigation skills through the use of Magellan(R) GPS receivers donated by Thales. The Magellan-sponsored educational program will offer scouts a fun and exciting learning experience through geocaching, an increasingly popular outdoor GPS challenge likened to a high-tech treasure hunt.
As the exclusive GPS sponsor for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, Thales donated its Magellan eXplorist(TM) 200 handheld GPS receivers and other program materials, plus eXplorist 600 handhelds and Magellan RoadMate(TM) 700 vehicle navigation systems. During Jamboree geocaching missions, Scouts will arm themselves with Magellan eXplorist 200s to find locations where geocaching containers, or caches, are hidden with fun finds and prizes inside. Scouts who participate will receive a commemorative Jamboree geocaching card certified by the Boy Scouts of America and Magellan GPS Products.