MARCH 28, 2010 — MONMOUTH, ILL. — An educator at Monmouth College has been selected to represent the Boy Scouts of America at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden this summer. Daniel M. Reck will join the International Service Team, which includes jamboree staff members from around the world.
"Scouting is sometimes called play with a purpose," says Reck. "At the world jamboree, young men and women from nations near and far will have a chance to come together, share their cultures, develop respect, and do it all while having the time of their lives."
The World Scout Jamboree, held approximately every fourth year since 1920, plans to host about 38,000 scouts from the 160 nations which have national scouting federations participating in the World Organization of the Scouting Movement.
This is Reck's third jamboree staff appointment. Last summer, he was a copy editor at Jamboree Today, the daily newspaper of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree hosted at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. He volunteered as an emergency medical technician in 2001.
"There were international scouts there from several countries, celebrating the Boy Scouts of America's centennial," says Reck of his 2010 experience. "I ate haggis with Scottish scouts and practiced Spanish with scouts from Guatemala and Panama. The Guatamalan scouts said our food was a bit bland for their tastes, but that our summer weather was plenty hot."
Reck's Spanish might come in handy at the World Scout Jamboree, which could also host scouts from Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, New Zealand, Pakistan, Iceland, Honduras, Korea, Lithuania, and Kazakhstan, among many others. Jamboree staff members must be able to speak Swedish, English, or French.
"I'm not exactly sure what my staff assignment will be yet," says Reck. "The Swedish Scout Association is working on coordinating the international staff." In a highly competitive process, Reck was selected as one of up to 600 adult scouters to represent the United States.
As a youth, Reck earned the Boy Scouts’ highest award, the rank of Eagle Scout. He attributes much of his success in his professional life to skills he learned in scouting, where he was also inducted into scouting’s national honor society, the Order of the Arrow.
“The Order specifically, and scouting in general, were my first experience with the concept of fraternity,” says Reck, who is Monmouth College’s assistant director of Greek life, leadership and involvement.
The lessons learned from scouting, and later from his collegiate experience with DePauw University’s chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity, have shaped Reck’s work with the Greek Life system at Monmouth. Nearly one quarter of the college's student population is involved in a men’s or women’s fraternity.
“Many of the leadership development practices I use with students at Monmouth are derived from my time with scouting,” Reck says. “Scouting, which shares the same central values as the Greek organizations I advise, has strengthened my work with those groups.”
At the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, Reck worked alongside both seasoned journalists and scouting youth members completing their first-ever newspaper assignments as part of the event's daily newspaper, Jamboree Today. Some of the students Reck mentored at the national jamboree are now pursuing journalism experiences in college. Reck's article about Scouts' use of social media at the jamboree was featured on the front page of the August 1 edition of the newspaper which was circulated to 40,000 print readers, and thousands more on the web.
Reck’s advising experience with The Mu of Monmouth College, a student-edited blog about men’s and women’s fraternity life on campus, caught the eye of Grant Jackson, the newspaper’s chairman, who invited him to join the Jamboree Today publication team.
“Scouting is a values-based organization, and young men and women who are involved are given the ability to make values-based decisions for their life,” says Stephen Bloomer, a senior development officer at Monmouth College and a long-time Scouting volunteer. “Scouting sets them up for success in the world of academia and citizenship."
The Boy Scouts, as a world movement, was founded in 1907 by Lord Baden Powell in England. Following a return from Africa, Powell discovered that young English men were interested in exploring the outdoors and wrote a non-military nature skills book, which then became the first scouting manual.
Three years later, in 1910, American William D. Boyce became lost in the famed London fog and was assisted by an English scout, who refused to accept a tip for doing the good deed. Boyce was intrigued and brought the scouting movement to the U.S., where it now develops important leadership skills in more than 2.7 million young men and women.
—Includes reporting by Mike Diamond and Monmouth College. Used by permission.