EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBoy Scouts Wrap Up Service Projects
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 9:14 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 10:03 AM EDT
Glen Jean, Fayette County , West Virginia
The 2013 national Scout Jamboree is winding to a close.
On Tuesday, the Scouts wrapped up the five-day service project initiative. It's an effort that was billed as the largest of its kind.
Thousands of Boy Scouts scattered through Southern West Virginia were performing a variety of jobs, sprucing up towns and communities and leaving areas in better shape than they found them.
The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia lined up more than 350 service projects for the Scouts to tackle.
“It has been better than anybody expected,” Matthew Sutton of the Citizens Conservation Corps said. “One thing that has happened here -- the community has really embraced the Boy Scouts and our AmeriCorps volunteers. When we were in Princeton yesterday, they were honking their horns, waving at them. On the flip side, the Boy Scouts have embraced us. One thing that they've really liked to do is give back to the communities and tell us how much they enjoyed this.”
Boy Scouts worked on locations in nine Southern West Virginia counties.
It's estimated more than 300,000 volunteer hours were generated through the Scouts' efforts.
The Scouts certainly seem to be enjoying their time, especially with all the different water activities helping them stay cool. Dragon boat racing, paddle boarding and rock climbing are some of the other activities on the agenda.
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