GLEN JEAN - For many Scouts and their families, the journey to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree was about more than the destination; it also provided a chance to see the country.
The newly constructed Summit Bechtel Reserve hosted a population rivaling the third largest city in West Virginia as more than 40,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, staff and visitors from around the world converged on the 10,000-acre property for a 10-day celebration of Scouting.
The property was chosen for its central location - more than 70 percent of the U.S. population is within a Summit is within a 10-hour drive.
Some came from much farther away than that.
For Peter Coholen, a 12-year-old Scout from San Francisco, the journey to the Jamboree began at 4 a.m. more than a week ago.
Coholen and his fellow Bay Area Scouts woke before dawn and headed to the San Francisco International Airport for their flight to Washington.
Before taking the 7-hour bus ride south to the Summit, the troop was able to spend two days and nights in the nation's capital touring museums, monuments and historic sights.
"We toured around the whole city," Coholen said. "For a lot of us it was our first time seeing D.C."
Dev Naik, 15, said the most memorable part of the D.C. trip was getting to visit the Boy Scout Memorial.
"The Scout statue was a great way to start off the Jamboree trip," he said. "I didn't know it was there before."