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Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

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Adjacent to the New River Gorge National River in Raleigh and Fayette counties in southern West Virginia, the 11,000-acre Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve was established in 2009 as the new and permanent home of the National Boy Scout Jamboree. Hosted every four years by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the National Scout Jamboree attracts more than 300,000 scouts and their guests over a ten-day period in late summer. The scouts will hold their first Jamboree at the reserve in 2013, according to the organization's Buckskin Council, which represents the eastern U.S. states. The reserve is also the location of a BSA leadership-training center and "The Summit," one of five of the organization's high-adventure bases where scouts learn to cave, climb, paddle, and rappel.