GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of Boy Scouts packed Centennial Plaza for a special celebration on Saturday to commemorate 200 years of the Magnolia State.
"It's a big celebration, obviously. We have all these people over here," said Eagle Scout Cody Olsen.
Cody is one of hundreds of scouts from across Mississippi, eager to have a fun day filled with activities.
"We're having over 325 camping and we expect between 150 and 200 Cub Scouts to come out today, as well as some of the general public who's also invited out," said Bicentennial celebration co-chairman, Chuck Wood.
The main attraction of the event will be campers, tents, and activities. However, organizers say there's a deeper meaning behind all the fun.
"We're trying to expose the boys to a lot of the history of Mississippi that they have probably not seen in their daily lives as well as bring all the boys together," said Wood.
Alongside several historical stands, the scouts were able to take a trip to the past with a few art pieces created to show the importance of the state.
"It's great to have such a good turnout because the Boy Scout program is growing in South Mississippi and this is evidence of it," added Wood. "Having them all together is just very satisfying to all of us who worked to put this together."
Organizers say they plan to hold similar Jamboree Celebration next year.