MARCH 8, 2013 — DALLAS, TEXAS — "Our managing editor is Daniel Reck," announced Jamboree Today publisher Stephen Shore in an e-mail to the news service's staff today. Reck's promotion comes after previously serving as the service's international editor, social media editor, and as a copy editor.
"Daniel has worked on Jamboree Today at past jamborees," says Shore. Most recently, Reck corresponded for the 76-year-old news service from the 22nd World Scout Jamboree hosted last summer by Sweden.
"Stephen and David [White] have put together the beginning of an outstanding team," says Reck, who is taking over the managing editor's desk from David White, who is editor of the The Quantico Sentry, the U.S. Marine Corps' oldest newspaper. "I can't say enough about David's leadership," Reck says. "I am honored to follow in his footsteps and look forward to the challenges as we head into the 2013 National Jamboree."
The 2013 National Scout Jamboree will be the first hosted at the newly-constructed Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mt. Hope, W.Va. The new, expansive facility is planned to present Scouts and Venturers with non-stop challenges never seen before at a national jamboree. Situated on the New River with 10,600 acres of nearly pristine wilderness, the Summit will whitewater rafting, climbing, a variety of shooting sports and BMX and trail biking.
Of course, the site's remoteness presents some logistical challenges for a news service that has printed on paper since 1937.
"There isn't a commercial press that can turn out 50,000 issues a day within any reasonable distance of the Summit," says Reck. "So for the first time Jamboree Today will be presented entirely in digital format."
Reck and Shore, who brings experience in digital marketing as CEO of STADIS Corporation, are working closely with officials from the Boy Scouts of America to relaunch Jamboree Today into the digital realm.
"In addition to our website at jamboreetoday.org, Scouts, Venturers, parents, families and friends will be able to engage with us live throughout the jamboree on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr, and several other social networks," says Reck.
"Our audience has truly grown," says Shore. "Before, we spoke mostly to the Scouts and Scoutmasters on site at the jamboree. Now, we are speaking to the world."
The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is scheduled for July 19-24 this summer and will host approximately 36,000 Scouts, Venturers, leaders and staff members from around the United States. Several hundred Scouts from around the world will also attend.
Reck, a 25-year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America, was recruited in 2010 to join the Jamboree Today staff based on his time advising a student publication at Monmouth College and his work as Director of Web Media for the Northwestern University band programs. He holds degrees in computer science and education from DePauw University and Northwestern University, respectively. His regular role in scouting, as a unit commissioner, is to advise volunteer Scout leaders in effective delivery of scouting's leadership development and education programs.
"Daniel brings a ton of experience with both Jamboree Today and publishing with him," says Shore.