We’re just one day away until the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree kicks off here in Fayette County, and before they opened the reserve to the scouts and the public, they invited the media to get a first look at this year’s Jamboree!
Every four years, the Boy Scouts of America all come together in one place, for 10 days, to have fun participating in tons of outdoor activities and to learn about leadership. Plus, this year they’ll also get to enjoy the mountain state.
Matt Myers, the National Jamboree Director, told us, “We’re ready for those 25,000 scouts that are about to come here tomorrow. Those kids are going to have a great time, and they’re going to get to know each other. Kids from Alaska are going to get to know Kids from Alabama, and Kids from New Mexico are going to get to know Kids from New York. And they’re going to realize that we are one group.”
This will be the 2nd National Scout Jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, and this year will offer even more adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
“This is a chance for scouts to give back to the state of West Virginia. We’ve had a tremendous partnership in constructing this facility. This is our hallmark facility. We’ve got three other high adventure bases that are exciting and that we are very proud of, but the multi-use that we have here at the Summit is very unique,” the Chief Scout Executive, Michael Surbaugh, said.
From zip-lining to rock climbing to skateboarding… there’s an unlimited amount of fun for these boy scouts, and it’ll be nearly impossible for each of them to do it all!
Even though this reserve is over 14,000 acres, these boy scouts will always be connected thanks to AT&T’s Wi-Fi network that has over 700 access points throughout the summit and the adventure stations.
Paul Bodford, the Director of AT&T Mobility, explained to us, “It allows anyone, not just AT&T users, to connect with the network. Staying connected is important in the overall experience because they’re able to now share, not with the people that they’re with while they’re participating in the events, but also they can connect with their closest friends and family who may not be here, and share their experience with them.”
In the end, these boy scouts from all 50 states and over 20 different countries – will have probably the best 10 days of their lives, not only having fun, but learning valuable life lessons that they will cherish forever.
“Those character traits that you learn. They’re instilled in you. We always say ‘once an eagle, always an eagle’. For me, it was always about giving back. Those traits and those characters follow you everywhere. It’s giving back and it’s so much that I got out of this program as a kid and who I am today and what I do, and that’s again, one of the reasons why I’m here,” Dr. Glenn Ault, the Jamboree Administration Chairman, said.