"Our guides are doing long, long days," Arnold said. "That's how we're pulling it off."
The company did the same thing last summer during a rehearsal for the Jamboree. Guides already on the river were able to pick up new rafters within about five minutes of buses arriving, Arnold said.
Despite the number of Scouts rafting, "the river is not too crowded because we're spread out," Arnold said. "There's a section we don't even touch."
That leaves plenty of room for visitors looking for fishing or sightseeing trips along the river.
One of the few new businesses at the Jamboree is Eagles Nest campground. Operator Ronny Ipson had rented motor homes for the final three Jamborees at Fort A.P. Hill. When the Jamboree pulled out, Ipson got the idea to set up shop in West Virginia.
Ipson and a partner invested $750,000 to build a 12-acre campground in Glen Jean. He's supplying trailers for Jamboree workers and also has 7 open acres for tent camping aimed at Scouts who aren't staying at the Summit.
He plans to stay open beyond the Jamboree, offering camping for Bridge Day in October, as well as the 2017 and 2021 national Jamborees and the Scout World Jamboree in 2019.
In other small towns such as Mount Hope, shop owners not visible from the highway were hoping to see some traffic, too.
"I would say they (should) come through at least once to see what it is like," said 82-year-old Phyllis Bonifacio, who runs the Bon Bons Hardware and Confectionary store in Mount Hope that her mother-in-law opened in 1912.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s all week for the Jamboree. That wasn't great news for a herd of Chick-Fil-A cow mascots sent out to try to lure in customers to local stores.
"I choose to be out here for hours because I'm just stubborn," said a costumed Justin Lambert.
Co-worker Bethany Czapor had bottled water handy just in case.
"I'm dying, so I know he has to be dying," Czapor said.