EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSScouts Enjoying The Present And Planning For The Future In WV
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett, Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Jul. 22, 2013 6:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 23, 2013 10:23 AM EDT
Glen Jean , West Virginia
30,000 boy scouts and more than six thousand volunteers are enjoying the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
This facility is the result of a four year, 400-million dollar plan in which the Boy Scouts found a permanent home for their biggest event.
"This is a game-changer for the perception of America for West Virginia," Wayne Perry, Boy Scouts of America National President said. "Most of America has no idea of the beauty of West Virginia, and has no idea the quality of the people of West Virginia."
With the national jamboree only taking place once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America has big plans for the Summit.
"What will we be doing when we're not doing the jamboree here?" Jack Furst, BSA National Board Member said. "Summer camp, high adventure, leadership, we're only limited by our creativity and imagination. And we're excited about what we can do with colleges, high schools, middle schools, corporations. There's lots to do here for us to figure out."
Once this area was the home to extensive coal mining. But now, after reclamation, it's a place where the leaders of tomorrow will have the opportunity to experience West Virginia's beauty first-hand for years to come.
"Amazing, absolutely amazing," Kyle Lang of Milford, Connecticut said. "You wake up in the morning and it could be all covered in fog and you can't see five feet in front of you. And then the sun lifts and you see the mountains."
"I'm from Seattle," Perry said. "One of the most beautiful places in the world. I didn't think there was any place as beautiful as Seattle. It's West Virginia."
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