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Service seeking Jamboree volunteers

By Candace Nelson

Thousands of Scouts are preparing to ascend the West Virginia mountains this summer, and the Fayette County area is already planning for their arrival.

All Boy Scouts of America who are attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be completing service projects where they will travel offsite for a day of service - some right in the Jamboree's backyard at the New River Gorge National River.

The National Park Service is recruiting volunteers to assist and oversee the Scouts as they complete service projects in trail building, operating the park's visitor center and staffing information tents during the Jamboree July 15-24 in the New River Gorge National River area.

"We're hoping to get anywhere from 40 to 60 volunteers to help with overseeing the Boy Scout service projects," said Adrienne Jenkins, a volunteer coordinator for the New River Gorge National River.

Park staff is looking for volunteers who can commit at least two days of service during the Jamboree, plus an additional training day in June. Several training dates will be determined.

Trail volunteers will work 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; visitor center volunteers will work 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and tent volunteers will work 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The tent volunteers will be shuttled on and off the summit property.

"Volunteers will be working in wooded areas of the park along trail segments including Terry Top, Brooklyn and Camp Creek to Thurmond. Visitor Center volunteers will be working at Canyon Rim Visitor Center, located off of Route 19 or the Sandstone Visitor Center, located off of Interstate 64. Tent volunteers will be working on the Jamboree site near Summit Center, where exhibitors and vendors will be located," according to the release.

Jenkins plans to have about 2,5000 Scouts on the river for five days. She expects to provide service projects for up to 760 scouts per day.

"Scouts that will be here for the Jamboree will be doing service projects within nine counties; this is one of the projects they'll be working on here in Fayette. I believe we'll have groups from all over the United States," Jenkins said.

According to the Boy Scouts of America's Summit blog, Scouts are working with the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia to decide which project scouts will be involved with. The Corps will serve as the clearinghouse for all projects, which will include 300,000 hours of community service.

"We are working with the CCC-WV to engage community leaders and volunteers in nine counties close to the Summit to identify service projects for the 2013 Jamboree that will have a lasting impact on the area," Dave Kopsa, assistant manager of programs for the Summit, wrote in a blog post. "The CCC-WV just released a project application form that interested parties can submit with their ideas for projects. The CCC-WV will then work with the community leaders in each county to prioritize and select projects for the 2013 jamboree."

For more information about serving as a volunteer for a local National Park Site, contact New River Gorge's Volunteer Coordinator at or 304-465-2634 or the Chief of Interpretation at or 304-465-6523.

For more information about the National Park Service, visit

Contact writer Candace Nelson at or 304-348-5148. Follow her at



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