CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As shrubs are planted, grass is cut and supplies are shipped in, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is preparing for the influx of more than 40,000 Boy Scouts, leaders and staff in less than a week.
Work was 99 percent complete Monday on the 1,000 acres that will host the National Scout Jamboree July 15-24, said Gary Hartley, director of community and governmental relations for the Summit.
"It's like we're painting a room," Hartley said. "We started toward the center and worked our way out so that we don't paint ourselves into a corner. So the little bit of construction that is left is toward the outside."
Hartley said all major construction is finished. All that's left to be finalized are some cosmetic features.
"We're doing a final top coating of gravel; some shrubs are being planted when the construction is done," Hartley said.
Hartley said now is the time when vendors are starting to come in with supplies, material and equipment to set up for when the Scouts arrive. Contractors are preparing last-minute details and setting up tents.
Food vendors are setting up pavilions, and organizations are preparing their exhibits.
At the Summit Center, the stage area and some sets of stairs are still being constructed. Temporary toilets and staging areas will eventually be replaced with permanent structures.