Tallest Daktronics LED Video Display Takes Center Stage at the Boy Scouts of America’s “Jamboree of the Century”

by / Friday, 20 August 2010 / Published in Feature Articles

More than 72,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders recently gathered at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., July 26 – August 4, for the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree – a once-in-a-lifetime event that was truly a century in the making.

Just touching the tip of the Jamboree’s uncountable highlights, the main stage featured the tallest portable Daktronics LED video display built to date, in addition to the appearance of Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron, and 10 fun-filled days of adventure, friendship and unforgettable memories, said the company.

Recognizing the special opportunity to reach a new generation and their families with the Scouting message, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hired messaging architects at Dallas-based CorporateMagic Inc., to plan and execute a week-long series of events that would leave an indelible impression on the thousands gathered at Fort A.P. Hill and across the globe, said the company.

“We didn’t just want our 100th anniversary Jamboree to be bigger and better than the ones that preceded it,” said Robert Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the BSA. “That would be easy. We wanted to remind boys and their parents around the world that Scouting is fun, it’s cool and it is the most direct path to future success and leadership, bar none.”

CorporateMagic assembled a dream team of companies and individuals that spent more than a year mapping out the week’s activities, ensuring that every detail was not just perfect, but contributed to the overall theme envisioned by the BSA, said the company.

GoVision, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls, erected the tallest portable LED screen ever built, which towered over the main stage, said the company. At more than 60 feet high and 18 feet wide, the display from Brookings, S.D.-based Daktronics was so massive that 26,000 gallons of water and 76,000 pounds of concrete were needed as ballast to keep the 100 LED panels from falling forward, said the company. GoVision constructed two additional 18-feet-by-32-feet Daktronics HD-12 LED video walls on either side of the main screen, said the company.

“The LED units for the Jamboree were a monumental undertaking, even more complex than what we’ve done for presidential inaugurations and the Final Four,” said Chris Curtis, president & CEO of GoVision LP. “But this was a true labor of love, and we were honored to be a part of such a historic gathering.”

Alford Media Services was recruited to manage all the audio and video needs of the three major productions staged during the week, which included performances by popular bands Honor Society and Switchfoot, appearances by Miss America Caress Cameron, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and a videotaped message from President Barack Obama, said the company.

Six cameras captured the activity on the stage and throughout the audience, which was simulcast to hundreds of Scout facilities nationwide, and via Internet to viewers worldwide, said the company. Two state-of-the-art light boards controlled 204 lights positioned on the stage and towers, according to the company. The scrim covering the stage was illuminated by 54 LED strip lights.

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