EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBoy Scouts Get Their First Look At Their New Home
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
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Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Jul. 16, 2013 5:15 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 16, 2013 5:20 PM EDT
Summit Bechtel Reserve , West Virginia
Music performed by a Boy Scout band greeted attendees as they made their way to the the Jamboree's opening ceremonies at Summit Stadium.
This is the first national jamboree to take place in West Virginia and scouts were asked what they think of the new layout.
"It's massive," Gabe Murphy of Nashua, New Hampshire said. "Breath-taking is the word that comes to mind. Because there's so much to do here, there so much everywhere all around. Like there's too much to do, you can't do it all."
"It's huge. It's amazing and it's great for the scouts," Skye Miller of New York said. "It's a new opening. Its a new door for them. It's a new way for scouting to expand."
The sprawling 10,600 acres at the Summit Bechtel Reserve offers many activities that bolster the scouts' emphasis on mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, bouldering and skateboarding.
It's 40,000 people make this spot the third largest city in West Virginia.
"We have more mountain biking than anyone else in the world," Larry Pritchard the Director of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree said. "We have more miles of canopy and zip lines that anyone else in the world. Our skate parts, our BMX track. Unfortunately our archery and shooting ranges are only the second and third place in the world, But all of that combined there is no place else in the world. Where all of this is in one place."
Besides traditional scouting activities, the National Jamboree is embracing technology, so even in the mountains of West Virginia the scouts are staying plugged in.
"We know, everybody knows, not just young people today, but all of us do today," Pritchard said. "We're hooked up, and it would have been narrow-sighted of us to think that scouts wouldn't do something like that."
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