NASA Astronaut Lee M. Morin To Speak At 2015 Liberty Jamboree

posted Sep 18, 2015, 8:23 AM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Sep 18, 2015, 8:24 AM ]
By BILL SANFILIPPO AND JENNIFER DERICKS

September 14, 2015 at 4:46 PM - The Alternative Press

SPARTA, NJ – Patriot’s Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced today that NASA Astronaut Lee M. Morin will serve as a keynote speaker at the 2015 Liberty Jamboree – where more than 5,000 Scouts from across the northeast will gather in Liberty State Park from October 2 to 4.

Local scouts will be attending this event from Venture Crew 276 and Troop 150.

According to Patriots’ Path Council Scout Executive, CEO Dennis J. Kohl, “We are honored to have Dr. Morin speak, inspire and serve as a role model for our Scouts.”  Mr. Kohl noted that Dr. Morin’s presence will also support the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines that will be featured at the Scout Jamboree.

Lee M. Morin, M.D., Ph.D., Captain US Navy, Retired was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in 1996 and took part in the 13th space mission of the shuttle Atlantis in 2002 as it traveled to the International Space Station. After the Atlantis mission, Dr. Morin served in the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science, Space, and Health in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science. He is currently assigned to the Exploration Branch of the Johnson Space Center, where he is working on NASA’s newest spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle.

In addition to serving as one the keynote speakers at the Saturday evening show, Dr. Morin plans to meet and interact directly with Scouts throughout the day. The Jamboree program is jam-packed with exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations involving more than organizations, companies and institutions of higher learning. 

“I’m excited to meet and listen to NASA Astronaut Lee M. Morin at the Liberty Jamboree," said Gregory Puszcz, Star Scout from Troop 150.  "The Army Golden Knights will also be parachuting in.”

Brendan Puszcz, Life Scout from Troop 150 said, “Since the Jamboree will be at Liberty State Park,  the Scouting Program will reaffirm its respect and admiration for the hard work and dedication of all the immigrants who founded this country and first set eyes on Lady Liberty as they arrived at our nation those many years ago.”

Christopher Rozek said, "I am looking forward to meeting new scouts from around the area and to participating in the various STEM related activities at the Jamboree."
 
Stephen Rozek of Venture Crew 276 said, "Crew 276 is very excited to be attending the Liberty Jamboree. In preparation for the Jamboree, we have already participated in two cleanup days.  The cleanup days are a full day of community service dedicated to improving Liberty State Park.  
 
"These cleanups are one of many ways that Scouting gives back to their community and nation," said Rozek.

The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, Council #358, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. Each year, the council serves more than 16,000 youth members and 5,000 leaders in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex, New Jersey. Some 400 local organizations have a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew, Varsity team or Explorer post as a part of their service to youth.

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