CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 10,600-acre space known as The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in the New River Gorge region won't sit dormant for long.
About 1,000 acres of the site were devoted to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, held July 15-24, and staff is now cleaning, inspecting and fixing all items from the event, which attracted more than 40,000 Scouts, Venturers, leaders, and volunteers to the Fayette and Raleigh county area.
After that process is complete - in about six months, according to the Boy Scouts of America - they will begin preparing for 2014 summer programs.
"Next summer will be the opening of our high-adventure programs, and then we'll develop a plan of what we'll do next," National Jamboree Director Larry Pritchard said.
"That will be open to members of the organization. After that, we hope to expand on doing both high-adventure and summer camp programs. That's going to take us a couple of years, and then after that, it's 2017, and we're back at the Jamboree."
Focusing on action sports with 6 miles of ziplines, 37 miles of mountain biking and 13 acres of shooting sports, next summer's programs will take advantage of being the newest national high-adventure base.
The programs will open in June 2014, and activities will center on core mission areas: adventure, sustainability, leadership and service. The programs will revolve around four program tracks.