Blue skies, puffy white clouds and rows of green hills greeted 40,000 Boy Scouts arriving for the first jamboree at the new Summit
Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette and Raleigh counties.
More than $250 million has been invested in preparing the site for 10 days of mountain biking, rock climbing, BMX, ziplining, whitewater rafting, shooting, archery and challenge courses as well as camping and hiking.
The Scouts also will give back to the community, working on 350 service projects.
In so doing, those 40,000 Scouts follow in the footsteps of the thousands of workers and volunteers who made the jamboree possible. Jack Furst, 54, the retired co-founder of HM Capital Partners, headed up the effort not only for this jamboree but to build the permanent site in West Virginia.
When Scouts selected the West Virginia site for the permanent home of the jamboree, they said they
wanted a site that could give them everything. It does.
Corporate leaders also came through to get the summit built.