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Bechtel Scout Reserve is perfect for W.Va.

It's hard to believe. The enormous Fayette County construction project that is The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be ready for the Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamboree in July.

That has taken some doing.

The Jamboree has been held at Camp A.P. Hill in Virginia for more than 10 years. As Candace Nelson reported in the Daily Mail, the Scouts reviewed 80 sites in 28 states before settling on this new 10,600-acre site in West Virginia.

It's adjacent to the New River Gorge National River.

The Scouts have more than $250 million in commitments to the development.

The site will be not only the permanent site of the Jamboree but of the Scouts' fourth high-adventure base as well. The others are the Florida Sea Base, the Northern Tier and the Philmont Scout Ranch.

The next National Jamboree will be in 2017, and the World Jamboree is headed here in 2019.

The Scouts will showcase all the God-given attractions that make West Virginia wild and wonderful - the geology, biology, botany and ecology - through hiking, biking, scuba diving, kayaking, skateboarding, ziplining, climbing, shooting sports, archery and more.

It's worth noting that the update on this incredible construction project came with a compliment, too.

"I'm not sure we could've done this in any other geographical location in the country," said Mike Patrick, Summit operations director.

"We've had the cooperation of the state, local authorities and contractors, and I think that's the reason we are where we are and as complete as we are at this stage."

This is not just welcome development.

It's the kind of development that makes the most of West Virginia.

 


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