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Substance Abuse Exhibit Highlights 2005 National Scout Jamboree

exhibits(Bowling Green, VA) As the 2005 National Scout Jamboree begins to wind down, hundreds of Boy Scouts, their leaders and visitors are taking advantage of one final opportunity to take in many of the Jamboree exhibits they might not have seen. Included among them, an innovative anti-drug and substance abuse exhibit put on by the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

“Drugs: A Deadly Game.” is the theme at this year’s substance abuse display. More than 18 thousand Scouts and visitors are expected to go through the exhibit before the Jamboree wraps up late Tuesday.

scoutmastersThe Scouts are getting a hands-on approach to the topic with several interactive displays available. Scouts and guests can take a computer guided quiz, testing their knowledge of the dangers of drugs and substance abuse. “Fatal vision” goggles simulate how vision is distorted under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Scouts are also given the chance to leave a message on a giant note board, pledging to stay drug free. It’s called the “Scouting: The anti-drug” and the boys are encouraged to post their favorite healthy living and clean fun activity.

The substance abuse exhibit is located on Thomas Road, directly across from the top end of the merit badge midway at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County. The 2005 National Scout Jamboree 10 day run officially ends with troop departure on Wednesday, August 3rd.


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