EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSScouts Head Home After National Event Comes To A Close
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 6:18 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 6:34 PM EDT
Beckley , West Virginia
It was a very busy day in Raleigh County as more than 30,000 Boy Scouts, more than 6,000 volunteers and hundreds of staffers departed the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve and headed back to where they came from as the 2013 National Scout Jamboree came to a close.
Unlike the journeys of many of their fellow scouts, it was a short charter bus ride for these troops from Charleston, Boone and Putnam County.
They made a quick trip from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve to a nearby mall parking lot where their families were waiting.
"It was much more fun than I expected," Virginia McGhee of Charleston said. "A lot more walking, but overall it was a great experience. Every step I took was worth every minute of the activities."
Allyson Ugland of Charleston said she had a lot of fun.
"We went zip lining and kayaking," she said. "I enjoyed the high adventure stuff."
These scouts spent the last ten days exploring the jamboree and meeting people from all over the country. The West Virginians said visitors to the state were generally impressed with what they saw.
"A lot of people really liked it and a lot of people thought it was better than, you know, what they expected," Andrew Cook of Fayetteville said.
Adam Cook of Huntington said visitors mostly talked about the mountains.
"Most people don't have mountains, so it was killing them to walk up to these places," he said.
Even though the beginning of the jamboree was hit with temperatures in the 90s and the last three days featured, the scouts said they're looking forward to visiting the Summit again.
"I think it was a wonderful job," John Christenson of Charleston said. "It was ten times what I expected it to be and I hope to go back there soon."
Now that the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is in the books, the state has something to look forward to. They'll do the event all over again in 2017 with another national jamboree and then, just two years after that, in 2019, it's the world jamboree as 50,000 Boy Scouts are expected to descend on southern West Virginia.
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