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Boy Scouts prepare 300-year time capsule

By Candace Nelson

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three hundred years from now, Boy Scouts will open up a time capsule stuffed full of patches, documents and other memorabilia that will hearken back to the first official day of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at its new home among the West Virginia hills.

The Boy Scouts documented the special moment in time Tuesday morning during a ceremony, where it was announced that a time capsule brimming with Scout souvenirs will be planted at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Scott Visitor Center.

"Our Scouting family will have the opportunity to open the capsule and say 'Golly, what were those folks doing back then?'" said Jack Furst, a member of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board.

Furst said the capsule will contain a crystal rock that represents the Consol Energy Bridge, a Jamboree newspaper, a Wall Street Journal newspaper article, a Sustainability merit badge, the October 2010 groundbreaking mini shovel, the 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, the 2013 Jamboree uniform patch, the Summit Bechtel Reserve coin, pocket knife, compasses, and other patches.

The time capsule will be installed in the Scott Visitor Center, which is one of the first buildings seen from the road as all visitors are shuttled and dropped off at the Gateway Village.

The Scott Visitor Center is the centerpiece of the Summit Center -- the central portion of The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve that provides visitors with portions of the adventure at the Jamboree and introduces Scouts to activities they can then pursue at the high adventure base camps.

The Scott Visitor Center will feature cultural history of the region and the Summit property as well as introduce the principles of Scouting with hands-on exhibits.

Work on the Scott Visitor Center was started but wasn't intended to be finished for this Jamboree, said Gary Hartley, director of community and governmental relations for the Summit, in a previous article. Construction will continue and be ready for future years.

John Rehm, 20, is a past Order of the Arrow national chief and is now part of the national media team who attended the time capsule ceremony. Rehm hopes that it doesn't take quite 300 years so that he has a chance to see it reopen.

"I think it's a great symbol to show our past and how great it will be to launch the next generation," he said. "Just looking at the past three years with the move to The Summit -- what will change in five years?

"When we open it, it will seem like what we now think of when we see a flip phone."

The Boy Scouts are hosting the 10-day Jamboree through July 24 at the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve. One thousand acres are allotted to the Jamboree at the new, permanent home, where they plan to spend at least the next 100 years.

For more information on the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, visit Contact writer Candace Nelson at or 304-348-5148. Follow her at

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