Today is a great day for Scouting! The National Boy Scouts of America have formally unveiled plans to turn a section of West Virginia into the BSA’s fourth high-adventure camp, The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The new site will be home to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, future jamborees, and other innovative Scouting programs.
The Summit high adventure camp will be built on a 10,600-acre tract in Fayette County between Glen Jean, Prince and Mount Hope. The camp is expected to take advantage of the New River Gorge National River and the recreational opportunities in the area. It will complement existing high-adventure bases in Minnesota, New Mexico and Florida.

The West Virginia high adventure base will offer additional and exciting new programs for Scouts. In Philmont (New Mexico) Scouts are hiking in the Rockies. In the Northern Tier (Minnesota) Scouts are canoeing. At the Sea Base (Florida Keys) Scouts are sailing and scuba diving. In West Virginia, Scouts could experience rock climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting to name a few.

The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is made possible, in part, by a $50 million gift from the San Francisco-based S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation.

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