EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNational Scout Jamboree Winds Down
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jul. 22, 2013 1:20 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 22, 2013 2:04 PM EDT
Glen Jean , West Virginia
As the end of the first National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia draws near, organizers said things have gone very smoothly.
With more than 30,000 scouts and 6,000 volunteers on hand, the Jamboree has been a massive undertaking.
It is the result of a four-year, $400-million plan that carved a scouting haven out of the rugged mountains of Fayette and Raleigh counties.
Boy Scouts of America National Board Member Jack Furst played an instrumental role in putting the plan for creating The Summit into action.
Furst said West Virginia is the perfect host to make the Boy Scouts of America's dream of a permanent National Jamboree site come true.
"We're going to be here forever," Furst said. "This is the permanent home for our Jamboree.We'll do it once every four years. We'll be back in 2017. We have the world jamboree in 2019, which will be 50,000 scouts from 180 different countries. We're excited for what this site can do for our movement."
Furst's impact on the Summit was recognized when the main road through the reserve was named after him.
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