The West Virginia. Cyclopedia

National Scout Jamboree

From West Virginia (WV) Cyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

In 2010 the Boys Scouts of America announced that they had selected the Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve south of Glen Jean, WV, as the new permanent home of the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

National Scout Jamboree

The New River Gorge region of West Virginia will become home to a premier Scouting destination – offering a new high-adventure base and national leadership programs, and a permanent home to the National Scout Jamboree. The 10,600-acre site near Beckley, to be named “The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve,” will realize the vision of a national center of Scouting excellence. The development of the site is made possible by a $50 million gift, the largest in BSA history, from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will help the BSA fulfill its mission of serving America’s youth for another 100 years, providing character-building opportunities, a respect and appreciation for the outdoors, physical fitness, and leadership development. With its extensive and diverse program offerings, the site will become a pinnacle of the Scouting experience.

About the National Scout Jamboree

The National Scout Jamboree is the BSA’s iconic event, and one of the most gratifying experiences a Scout can have. Since 1937, the jamboree has provided an occasion for Scouts from all backgrounds, faiths, cultures, and parts of the country to come together around shared values, and to gain invaluable learning experiences through adventure activities.

A few facts about the jamboree:

• The jamboree is 10 days long, and occurs every four years. The celebration in 2010 was moved to coincide with the BSA’s 100th Anniversary.

• The jamboree program reflects the skills of Scouting — physical fitness, environmental conservation, our national heritage, and the true spirit of Scouting.

• A wide variety of activities are available during the jamboree, including rappelling, discovering scuba, kayaking, rafting and sailing, trap shooting, archery, bike-a-thons, buckskin games, confidence courses, conservation trail, and more.

• In 2005, the jamboree was attended by 29,000 Scouts, and 12,000 staff and leaders.