The BSA has been working non-stop on security and safety plans at the Summit
Posted on April 19, 2013 by Dan McCarthy

2013 Jamboree Safety And Security

Our hearts and prayers go out to the many families affected, both directly and indirectly by the two horrific tragedies in the northeast recently, both of which involved children. Words cannot adequately express the many…

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The Summit 2014 programs will challenge Scouts from all over the U.S.
Posted on April 5, 2013 by Dan McCarthy

Summit High Adventure Beyond The 2013 Jamboree

As preparations for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree continue, we have been simultaneously working on the development and marketing of the 2014 high adventure program that will be headquartered at the Christen High Adventure Base…

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Construction at the Summit is moving along and will have the place ready for the 2013 jamboree
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Dan McCarthy

How Are Things Going At The Summit? [Video]

As I write this we are 180 days away from the opening of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit. We remain on track for close to 40,000 attendees as registrations grow and the…

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Scouts Rafting
Posted on October 29, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

2014 Summit High Adventure Program Announcement

…keep an eye on the Summit website for a full explanation of the 2014 program schedule and a chance to be among the first to register your unit for the Summit’s 2014 high-adventure programs.

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Getting some air on the BMX
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

How Is Summit Construction Coming?

…we’ve largely transitioned from the relatively slow work of moving dirt and laying underground utilities to the much more rapid work of putting the program venues together.

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Rappelling Down In The New River Gorge
Posted on September 12, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

What’s It Like In West Virginia?

While I’ve only been a resident for six months, I often get asked what it’s like to live in West Virginia. Simply stated, “It’s awesome!” I didn’t know much about West Virginia when I moved…

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Are You Ready To Go Big?
Posted on August 22, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

What Will The Jamboree Program Look Like At The Summit?

Within each adventure area, progressive skill levels will be offered so that Scouts at any level of proficiency may participate, from beginner to advanced. It’s a totally different concept from past jamborees.

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How Does Shakedown Shape Up?
Posted on August 15, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

How Does The Shakedown Compare To The Jamboree?

One thing that struck me from reading the suggestions is there’s still some confusion over what Shakedown was about and how the Shakedown experience relates to what you can expect at the 2013 National Jamboree. To clarify: It really doesn’t relate.

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What's For Lunch?
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

About Those Lunches

Our objective is to ensure we provide a healthy meal with the greatest acceptability possible while ensuring our Scouts/Scouters are safe from foodborne illness.

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Biking At The Summit
Posted on July 25, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

Shakedown Observations

Scouts participating at the Shakedown only received a taste of what will be offered at the 2013 jamboree.

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How's the Summit after the wind storm? Read on to find out.
Posted on July 3, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

A Storm Can’t Stop Us!

…for those of you wondering, there are no changes to our plan relative to the Shakedown.

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Posted on June 27, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

Tell Me More About Sustainability

“No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” Baden Powell

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Get healthy for jamboree!
Posted on June 20, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

Are We Serious About BMI?

This question keeps popping up, mostly from past jamboree participants and staff. The short answer is “Yes.”

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Posted on May 30, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

What’s All The Focus On Mountain Biking?

I didn’t know much about mountain biking when I first arrived at the Summit. I soon realized I’d better study up when it became clear this would be one of the defining challenge events on…

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Posted on May 23, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

Are We Really Having A Jamboree?

Don’t believe the nay-sayers: Development at the Summit is racing along, and the 2013 national jamboree is right on schedule.

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Posted on May 16, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

So What’s The Story On Showers?

I keep hearing the question, “Why don’t we have hot showers at the Summit?” I can answer that with one word: sustainability.

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Summit Director Dan McCarthy
Posted on May 9, 2012 by Dan McCarthy

Summit Director’s Introductory Blog

I joined Scouting as a Cub Scout in, well, let’s just say it was over a half-century ago. I’ve been active in Scouting ever since, having served at the unit, district, council, regional and national levels.

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