CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree, which kicks off Monday, isn't just attracting Scouts from around the U.S.
Some are even coming from other countries.
The Christ Church United Methodist congregation hosted a group of Guatemalan Scouts over the weekend in Charleston. The group planned to stay at the church and take in some of the Capital City's sights before heading south to the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Monday.
The Scouts, who are a part of Guatemala's co-ed national scouting organization, the Asociacion de Scouts de Guatemala, said they felt very welcome.
The group, comprising seven students and three adults, were put up at the church at night and shown around town during the day. Congregants took turns chaperoning them and sponsoring their outings.
"People have just volunteered generously, to help out however they can," church member Jessica Lane said.
For all seven Scouts, who range in age from 14 to 19, this was their first time visiting the United States.
Monserrath Lopez, 15, was the only member of the group fluent in English, and acted as their spokeswoman. She said they were very excited to attend the Jamboree, but also thrilled to have the opportunity to spend time in an American city.