CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Go Big. Get Wild.
That's this year's theme for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, which is being held at its new permanent home at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette and Raleigh counties.
More than 30,000 Scouts, venturers and leaders from across the country are taking advantage of West Virginia's natural playground with rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, skating, swimming, ziplining and more.
"I can tell you for the last few years, those involved in building The Summit -- this is a dream come true," said Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock. "The dream was incomplete until yesterday when these Scouts arrived on the site. That made the dream complete for all of us."
The Jamboree welcomes Boy Scouts, Venturers (the youth development program for boys and girls that focuses on high adventure), and Sea Scouts (part of the Venturing program that focuses on nautical skills).
One thousand acres of the 10,600-acre site showcased a sea of colors -- from traditional khaki and dark-green uniforms to troop-specific T-shirts -- Tuesday morning as Scouts began indulging in the Jamboree offerings.
Eric Brovarone, 17, of the Houston area, said his experience so far in West Virginia has been "really hot," but he is taking advantage of all the activities.
"We've been here since Friday, and we were setting up, and now we're going on all the adventures," Brovarone, a Sea Scout, said. "The Summit is really big, and it's really cool.