SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Some 10,000 Boy Scouts are converging on a Jersey shore town for what's billed as one of the largest scouting events of the year.
They'll pitch more than 1,000 tents at the New Jersey National Guard Training Facility in Sea Girt and engage in scouting activities between Friday and Sunday.
The scouts will learn how to start fires, they'll climb walls with troops and earn fitness awards under the direction of New Jersey State Police instructors.
National Guard troops from New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Connecticut will participate.
State Police Capt. Stephen Jones says contingencies are in place if the weather turns bad. The scouts can shelter in buildings and vehicles if there is lightning or strong winds and downpours.