EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBSA Logistics Center Takes Care Of 40,000 Scouts And Staff
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Troy Morgan, Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Jul. 18, 2013 5:29 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 18, 2013 10:59 PM EDT
Glen Jean , West Virginia
Anytime you put 40,000 people into one area, you need to figure out how to keep everyone safe, fed and happy.
Taking care of the scouts, staff and volunteers at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is the job of the Summit Bechtel Logistics Center.
The scouts only brought a sleeping bag and personal items to the party. Logistics takes care of the rest.
"They bring a duffel that has their sleeping bag in it, their spare clothes and their extra shoes bug sprays and all those kinds of things," Dan McCarthy, director of the Summit, said. "Everything else we provide. We provide the tents. The cooking equipment that they're using. The dining flies they cook under."
The amount of material being used at the jamboree would fill up this massive warehouse five times over. Moving that much material takes a coordinated effort, which is being accomplished largely by volunteers.
"It's an enormous undertaking," McCarthy said. "Think of it as supporting an army division but you don't have a full-time staff. You collect volunteers from around the country that don't work here routinely. Many of which have never seen the site, that descend on the site, try to get accustomed to the site and then support this city that we created."
For the scouts, the jamboree is about trying new things and accepting new challenges. If they enjoy the event and don't think twice about where the food, water and other necessities are coming from, the logistics folks say they will have done their job.
"There's things that you think of and there's things that you don' t think of," Mike Gerard, with the Boy Scouts of America, said. "And the flexibility of the volunteers here working with us to make it right has just been phenomenal. They're a great group to work with."
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