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.