What they took away was the beauty of the landscape and the satisfaction that they helped someone.
"All of the Scouts, as soon as they got there, they were hands-on ready to help out," said Conner Copeland, 15, a Last Frontier Eagle Scout. "We knew as soon as we walked in that it needed a lot of work. When we walked out, we all knew we did a lot to change it and made the trail look a lot better."
There was too much brush at Brushfork Elementary School in Bluefield, so 70 Scouts from Montana went to work pulling and bagging weeds from around fences and a creek and moving cut tree branches to a burn pile. They also helped rearrange furniture to help the school get ready for the start of classes in a few weeks.
Senior youth leader Alex Schofield, 17, cited one of the mottos of his membership in the Scouts' National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow.
"That was part of this, cheerfully serving the community," he said. "It was nice just to help them out with what they needed."
Chris Kehrer was among a group of Scouts from Michigan's Great Lakes Council that helped build 22 bat houses at a wood shop in Summers County.
"We loved it," Kehrer said. "That's what the Boy Scouts is about, to do a little work and have some fun."
Kehrer said his group was told about white nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats in caves and mines where they hibernate. It's caused by a fungus first spotted in New York seven years ago that has since spread to 19 states and four Canadian provinces.
"I learned a lot about the bats," said Chris Kehrer. "What the West Virginians are trying to do is construct these bat houses and giving these bats a place to live where they're not going to contract this disease that kills them."
The National Parks Service in the New River Gorge was involved in a project to improve trail access for visitors. Disabled Scouts assisted troops on Friday building accessible fishing, camping, parking and picnic areas at Glade Creek.
And West Virginia University football players joined Scouts and members of a sports camp in Nicholas County for projects involving sustainability, infrastructure, arts and education and wellness.
"This is more than our team coming together to lend a hand for a really worthwhile project," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "This is something we will all look back on one day and say how proud we were to be a part of it all."