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Posted on June 22, 2017 by Danny Bell

Veterans Appreciation Day 2017

The Third Annual Veterans Appreciation Day was last weekend here in Fayette county to show support for those who sacrificed their lives for the U.S. We had a whole host of activities and events out…

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Posted on April 1, 2017 by Danny Bell

NEW!!! Linear Inversion Elevator

Introducing our newest feature at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the Linear Inversion Elevator (commonly referred to as L.I.E.) which will be bringing the Big Zip to new heights! With the ground breaking technology developed by…

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Posted on March 28, 2017 by Jonathan Collins

SBR Short #3 – Dragon Bowline

Aerial Sports Program Manager Troy Phillips recently walked us through the process of tying the illusive Dragon Bowline. The bowline knot is popular among mountaineers, climbers, sailors and others. Use the bowline when you need…

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Posted on March 4, 2017 by Jonathan Collins

Dan McCarthy Retirement – Scholarships Announced

Retirement Dinner Last night we celebrated the tenure of Dan McCarthy as Director at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.  Staff and their families came together to pay tribute to a man who took…

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Posted on February 23, 2017 by Danny Bell

SBR Short #2 – The “3 ALWAYS” of Shooting Sports

Shooting Range Safety! Today we have Ryan King, SBR’s Shooting Sports Manager, educating us on the “3 ALWAYS” of any NRA shooting range ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction ALWAYS Keep Your Finger…

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Posted on February 17, 2017 by Danny Bell

2018 Christen High Adventure Updates and Registration

2018 marks the 5th year of operation for the Christen National High Adventure Base at The Summit Bechtel Reserve. That’s a big milestone for us, and we are excited to share it with you! With this…

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Posted on February 15, 2017 by Jonathan Collins

SBR Shorts

How do I check the brakes on my mountain bike?  How do I safely carry my arrows?  How do I combat strange smell coming out of my gym shoes after a long day of hiking?…

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Beautiful West Virginia Sunset
Posted on February 1, 2017 by Danny Bell

2018 Christen High Adventure Base Trek Programs

You asked and we delivered! Our 2018 Christen HAB menu will have two trek programs for you and your unit to choose from and BOTH will allow Scouts, who complete the treks, to be eligible for…

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MTB Instructor Training
Posted on January 25, 2017 by Danny Bell

BSA Mountain Bike Program Development Training Courses

Spring is in the air! Oh wait…it’s still winter -_- But our BSA Mountain Bike Program Development Training Course will be offered this Spring! 5-15-17 to 5-19-17 If your council offers any sort of mountain…

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Spartan Race 2017 Race Schedule
Posted on November 28, 2016 by Danny Bell

Spartan Race Coming to SBR!

We had some exciting news get announced last week! Spartan Race will be crowning the 2017 Spartan U.S. Championship Series winners AND first-ever age group champions here at the Summit Bechtel Reserve on August 26 and 27, 2017. NBC Sports…

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New River Trek
Posted on November 25, 2016 by Danny Bell

2017 New River Trek Registration Now Open!

ATTENTION   You’ve asked and we delivered! A regular request that we’ve heard from our customers has been “When will you be offering a traditional trek program?”, well this is it! 2017 will be the PILOT…

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veterans appreciation day
Posted on November 11, 2016 by Danny Bell

Pre Veteran’s Appreciation Day 2017

THANK YOU VETERANS! With today being Veterans Day we wanted to show our appreciation for our men and women of the United States Armed Forces by announcing our third annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day! Veterans and their…

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Posted on July 13, 2016 by Jonathan Collins

Participant takes SBR experience to the classroom

Scoutmaster B.J. Jordan with Troop 510 from Bowling Green, KY was taking a graphic design class while his Troop were the first participants to go through the James C. Justice Scout Camp here at Summit…

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Posted on July 6, 2016 by Jonathan Collins

Summit Bechtel Reserve Staff lend a hand in Rainelle, WV

On Saturday July 2nd as many others enjoyed their long weekend or prepared for a celebration, the people of Rainelle, WV attempted to recover whatever they could after the recent flooding.  In Rainelle, it is…

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Posted on July 1, 2016 by Jonathan Collins

SBR Staff Volunteer Effort

Friday 6/24/16 we were informed of 160 displaced residents of Rainelle had been taken to Ansted Baptist Church in Ansted, WV. They were in need of cots blankets and towels.   Needless to say, our staff…

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Yeager Airport Route Map - Summit Shuttle Service
Posted on May 10, 2016 by Danny Bell

Yeager Airport Shuttle

YEAGER AIRPORT ANNOUNCES SUMMIT SHUTTLE SERVICE Getting to The Summit just got a little easier.  We are excited by the news that the Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV has announced free shuttle service to and…

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Posted on April 13, 2016 by Jonathan Collins

Get Your Summit Visitors Pass Now for 2016!

With the Summit Visitors Pass, we’ve got you covered. The Summit is opening up to visitors this summer! A  visitors pass is a great time for family and friends, and open to the public. We’re all set…

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VAD Save the Date 2016
Posted on March 22, 2016 by Danny Bell

Veterans’ Appreciation Day 2016

Attention Veterans!   In an effort to strengthen Boy Scouts’ Duty to Country, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has teamed up with several veterans organizations, including The West Virginia National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America…

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New River Gorge
Posted on February 8, 2016 by Danny Bell

Appalachian Adventure

As the snow begins to melt off the skate park and zip-line platforms, we know that the summer season is swiftly approaching! What short-term camping adventures does your unit have planned? Based in the James…

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Posted on January 12, 2016 by Danny Bell

New Structures in the Adventure Areas

In early May we began construction on some new structures to help participants, and staff, in each of our Adventure Areas here at The Summit. Each Adventure Area now has a brand spanking new pavilion! I had a…

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Honorary Life Member awarded to Paul R. Christen
Posted on January 5, 2016 by Danny Bell

Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. honors Paul R. Christen

The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association recently released their Fall 2015 newsletter. Dave Hyink wrote an article for the newsletter about the Honorary Life Membership that was awarded to Paul R. Christen. Below is the article. At its February…

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Happy New Year 2016
Posted on December 29, 2015 by Danny Bell

Another Great Year

Happy New Year!!! Wow, 2015 just flew by but what a great year it was. With this being only our second year of running a summer program, we had all sorts of new milestones. We…

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Food donation
Posted on December 22, 2015 by Danny Bell

Seasons Greetings from The Summit Staff

Happy Holidays everyone! We are now three weeks into December and last week it was dang near 70 degrees outside, not that we are complaining, just that it’s hard to believe this year is almost…

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Staff
Posted on December 15, 2015 by Danny Bell

2016 Summer Staff Jobs

Seasonal Positions Available! Apply Now! Do you have a passion for outdoor sports and have wanted to pass that on to youth? Do you love being a part of a large family of diverse, enthusiastic…

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Posted on December 8, 2015 by Danny Bell

2017 High Adventure Early Bird Discount

Attention Scouters…It’s back! We will be offering our Early-Bird Discount again for the 2017 the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve! Some of you may have thought “Well, with National…

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Posted on December 1, 2015 by Danny Bell

High Adventure Girl Scout Style

Last year we held the first ever Girl Scout Jamboree. With more than 11 different chapters and over 250 Girl Scouts in attendance, these young ladies bounced, and I mean bounced, between every activity we offer…

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Thanksgiving Luncheon
Posted on November 24, 2015 by Danny Bell

Thanksgiving Lunch at The Summit

Ah yes, it is one of the best times of the year. Time to give thanks for all the amazing things we have in our lives. Time to give thanks to the family and friends…

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Posted on November 17, 2015 by Danny Bell

Appalachian Mountain Range Reads

What does The Summit’s Aquatics Program Manager Isaac Colvard like to read on his (minimal) time off? Well funny you should ask, he is a huge history buff and when I asked him this very…

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Posted on November 10, 2015 by Danny Bell

Josh Cochran’s “B-B-Bear!”

The Summit’s Scott Visitor Center has a new attraction — a giant mural entitled “B-B-Bear!”. Josh Cochran and his assistant Courtney Menard spent a whole week here at The Summit and built an amazing mural showcasing the wide variety…

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Posted on July 20, 2015 by Danny Bell

2016 High Adventure Early-Bird Discount

Attention Scouters! Register now and take advantage of discounts on 2016 fees at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Groups that register for the 2016 High Adventure season…

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Posted on April 2, 2015 by Danny Bell

2015 OA ArrowTour

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is excited to announce it will celebrate the Order of the Arrow’s centennial as an ArrowTour host. ArrowTour is an interactive event for Scouts, volunteers, and Scouting alumni that will travel throughout…

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Part of a contingent at the Summit for High Adventure
Posted on December 12, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Paul R. Christen HAB 2016 Contingent Info

2016 Council Contingent Info It’s here! 2016 council contingent information for the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base. The Summit’s a big place and there’s a ton of fun and development to be had…

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Adventure comes in many forms at The Summit
Posted on October 21, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Summit Core Values: Spotlight On Adventure

As you may already know, The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, or just SBR for short, is guided by four core values: leadership, training, sustainability and adventure. Scouting itself is an adventure of many kinds,…

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Training Programs at the Summit National Training Center
Posted on October 6, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Summit National Training Center: 2015 Programs

The Summit National Training Center is set to officially open in 2016, but hey, that doesn’t mean we’re skipping 2015. Next summer, you can elevate your game with a new spate of rock-solid development and adventure training courses….

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2015 Summit Programs Catalog
Posted on October 2, 2014 by Bulk Admin

The 2015 Summit Program Catalog Is Here!

THE catalog for choosing the right Summit program for your Scouts and Venturers. Ready to plan? The latest Summit program catalog delivers the goods on everything going on in 2015 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. This catalog is divided into three sections for your…

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Archery is one of many activities Scouts and Venturers can do at The Summit
Posted on August 28, 2014 by Bulk Admin

2014 Programs: Summit Images

The first season of programs at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is in the books. Scouts and Venturers from all over pushed themselves further this summer and took their Scouting to a new level. For a…

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Scout camp at The Summit is a great way to have fun and take your scouting further
Posted on July 18, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Scout Camp 2015, Summit Style

Scout camp—the learning, the merit badges, the advancement—it’s pretty cool, a classic Scouting experience. The new Walter Scott Summit Center at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve—with its lakes, trails, zip lines, boulder cove,…

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37 North Outfitters Website - Shop for all your Summit gear here
Posted on July 7, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Summit Gear Online

A trip to The Summit not in the cards this year? No worries. You can still get your hands on Summit gear. Whether on a day hike or a week-long trek, check out 37 North…

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Scouts at The Ropes during the opening week of Summit 2014 Program
Posted on June 27, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Opening Week: 2014 High Adventure – Gallery

Opening week of 2014 high adventure programs at The Summit Bechtel Reserve kicked off June 8, 2014 and we’ve captured some of the sights. From setting up camp to mountain biking to shooting sports, participants…

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The Summit Visitor Pass lets you check out Action Point
Posted on May 13, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Get Your Summit Visitors Pass Now!

With the Summit Visitors Pass, we’ve got you covered. The Summit is opening up to visitors this summer! A one- or two-day visitors pass is great for the Scouting family and friends. We’re all set and can’t wait…

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Sea Scouts at work during a Sea Scout Base-Galveston adventure
Posted on April 17, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Sea Scout Base-Galveston Nears Completion

If open water is your thing, check out Sea Scouting‘s newest base. Sea Scout Base-Galveston has been hosting high adventure trips since 2011, but the facility is expected to be completed this year. As with most…

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Scouts and Venturers camp onsite during Summit programs.
Posted on February 25, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Think You Know The Summit?

So. The Summit. If you visit the Summit Blog, you know that last year’s jamboree marked the grand opening of a really cool place. You probably know that The Summit is in the West Virginia…

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Posted on February 13, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Summit Venue Spotlight: The Ropes

There’s fun. And then there’s fun that challenges you, the kind that brings with it a satisfaction that lasts way beyond the activity. The Ropes venue at The Summit is all about that kind of fun….

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Shooting Sports are what the Barrels venue is all about
Posted on February 7, 2014 by Bulk Admin

Summit Venue Spotlight: The Barrels

Shooting Sports At Its Best Catch the excitement of The Barrels in this latest video from The Summit. The Barrels is a comprehensive shooting sports venue where you can hone your safety and marksmanship. Sign…

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Scouts share their experience at the Summit
Posted on January 21, 2014 by Bulk Admin

2014 Mountaineer Weekend Program Sign-Up Now Open

There’s a brand new program at the Summit called the Mountaineer Weekend. What sets this apart from the other high adventure options is that it’s a weekend program where Scouts can experience a wide variety of…

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The Rocks is a premier man-made rock climbing venue at The Summit in West Virginia
Posted on December 6, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Summit Spotlight Venue: The Rocks

The Summit has taken the best of rock climbing in the New River Gorge in West Virginia and, with the help of Eldorado Climbing Walls, brought it onsite to create a climbing haven. Introductory climbs? You…

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Boats are readied for the river
Posted on November 30, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Summit Venue Spotlight: The River

Hey, Boy Scout troop leaders and Venturing crew leaders: check out the river. The New River, that is. Alright. Technically, the New River is not on the Summit grounds. However, it is a key part…

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Geospatial tech is a great way to keep track of what's going on at the Summit
Posted on November 26, 2013 by Bulk Admin

More On GIS At The Summit

GIS: A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. We posted earlier about the 2013 jamboree story map, a project that combines the…

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The Summit is where stories are made
Posted on November 15, 2013 by Bulk Admin

The 2013 Jamboree Story Map

The Summit is a big place. No doubt about it. And the adventure, well, it has a way of bringing out the best in Scouts and Venturers, of taking them to the next level. To…

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The Canopy high adventure venue at the Summit
Posted on November 4, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Summit Venue Spotlight: The Canopy

Few things are cooler–or more fun–than zip lining from platform to platform in the forest canopy. Check out the video above for a glimpse. Pretty cool, yes? The Canopy is one of four venues at…

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Dude Perfect films the leap of faith shot... again.
Posted on October 24, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Behind The Scenes With Dude Perfect At The Summit

So. You’ve seen the trick shot video shot right here at the Summit, right? Well, we kicked around with the guys from Dude Perfect while they were on-site working their trick shot magic. As you…

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Trick shots are Dude Perfect's specialty. And Pandas.
Posted on October 18, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Showing Off The Summit, Dude Perfect Style

The guys from Dude Perfect have made taking crazy trick shots an art form. No, it’s true. “So?” you might say. “What does this have to do with the Summit?” Well, when we turned Dude Perfect…

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River trips are a transformative experience
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Experience The Magic Of The River

There’s something about rivers that captures our imagination. Could be the way it curls and breaks and sluices through and over the rocks. Could be the sound, the way the river almost seems to sing…

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The possibilities for high adventure are almost endless if you know where to look
Posted on October 2, 2013 by Bulk Admin

High Adventure Is Closer Than You Think

High adventure comes in many forms. It can mean hiking the New Mexico backcountry or exploring your local state park’s trails. It could be scuba diving off the Florida Keys or going off the diving…

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2014 Programs marketing toolkit helps you get the word out to your Scouts.
Posted on September 13, 2013 by Bulk Admin

2014 Programs: Getting The Word Out

Getting the word out to your council about 2014 high adventure programs at Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit has never been easier. The team at the Summit has put together…

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Grinding on the big ramp at the Summit
Posted on September 9, 2013 by Bulk Admin

2014 High Adventure: Video Bonanza

You like high adventure? Well, belly up to the visual smorgasbord over at the Summit’s YouTube channel. Get amped for all the high adventure waiting for you in 2014 at the Paul R. Christen National High…

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Scouts, BMX, The Summit
Posted on September 3, 2013 by Bulk Admin

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Summit

So. The Summit. For the last three years we’ve been talking about all the cool stuff there, all the activities that would be available for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. And now, with the jamboree…

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Bring home the magic of jamboree with a photo album you can customize
Posted on August 8, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Customize Your Own Jamboree Souvenir Photo Book

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree was pretty amazing. Judging from some of the pics, people had a hard time saying goodbye. Well, cheer up, because we’ve put together a souvenir book from the first-ever jamboree…

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Scouts cross the Consol Energy Bridge at the Summit
Posted on August 5, 2013 by JP M., Patrol Z Reporter

Jamboree 2013: Done But Not Over

Wow. Is it really possible to pack this many awesome activities into 10 days? Well, I guess it is. We all just spent it doing those activities. The recap of events? ATV, BMX, canopy tours,…

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Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs focuses on the skills gap in our country
Posted on August 2, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Dirt Patrol Is In Effect And You’re Invited

You may have seen Mike Rowe, from the TV show “Dirty Jobs,” speaking at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. If so, you know that he’s all about working hard and smart, rolling up his shirtsleeves,…

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Targets of all kinds abounded at the jamboree
Posted on August 1, 2013 by JP M., Patrol Z Reporter

Take A Shot (At The Summit): Jamboree Shooting Sports

Shooting sports have always been integral to the plans for the Summit. Because the Summit is home to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, you can be sure it will include more than…

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Closing show at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit
Posted on July 25, 2013 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Jamboree Closing Show Highlights

On Saturday, 40,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff from across the United States and the world gathered for the closing show of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit. Best-selling rock band 3 Doors…

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Food is important to keep a Scout's energy up during jamboree
Posted on by JP M., Patrol Z Reporter

Chow Time: Food At The 2013 Jamboree [Gallery]

Food is key to any active lifestyle. With all the high adventure and walking at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, getting enough to eat was critical to having fun. Here’s a glimpse into how Scouts…

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Airborne soldiers are trained to be dropped anywhere
Posted on July 22, 2013 by Zane N., Patrol Z Reporter

Airborne Day At The Jamboree

Friday was Airborne Day at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. The airborne group of the armed forces is an elite assembly of warriors who are trained in advanced techniques of parachuting. These soldiers can be…

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Stadium shows at the jamboree are nothing short of amazing
Posted on July 18, 2013 by Bulk Admin

How To See The Big Stadium Show

You’re going to like this. It’s super simple. There are two ways to see the big show at the AT&T Summit Stadium. 1. Go to the Summit. Anyone can go. Seriously. Learn more about how…

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Social channels are a great way to keep up with the jamboree
Posted on by Bulk Admin

Following The Jamboree On Social

There are tons of ways to keep up with all the action on various social media channels. From images to articles to video, it’s almost as awesome as being there. Almost. Without further adieu, here…

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Playing in the water is always an adventure
Posted on by Connor M., Patrol Z Reporter

Adventure And Riches At The Jamboree

As I drove to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree on Sunday, I went from the mountains of New York to the farmland of Pennsylvania before I came upon something special: the hills of West Virginia….

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Boulder Cove - The Summit - 2013 Jamboree
Posted on July 17, 2013 by Zane N., Patrol Z Reporter

Patrol Z: Jamboree In Pictures II

From the opening flag ceremony to climbing to zip lines, there’s so much to see at the Summit this jamboree. Patrol Z is on the ground, immersed in the full-on jamboree experience and documenting it all…

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Tuesday morning jamboree stadium show in the fog
Posted on by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Patrol Z: Jamboree In Pictures

Check out the gallery above. The jamboree at the Summit is all about scale. From the smallest detail to the pageantry of the AT&T Summit Stadium, this place is amazing. Remember to check back throughout…

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Patrol Z will be covering the 2013 National Scout Jamboree
Posted on July 12, 2013 by Carl C., Patrol Z Reporter

How To Keep Up With Patrol Z During The 2013 Jamboree

With the jamboree coming right around the corner, we at Patrol Z can’t wait to start covering all of the excitement! Here is how you can make sure you don’t miss a minute of it:…

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Helmets and Harnesses features rock climbing, zip lines and challenge courses
Posted on July 9, 2013 by Lesley

Summit 2014 Programs Sneak Peek: Helmets & Harnesses

Grab your climbing gear and head to the Summit to spend seven days on the No. 1 ranked zip and challenge course facilities in the United States with the Helmets and Harnesses program at the Summit, one of six programs offered next…

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Here at the Summit, we're honoring the U.S. flag this July 4.
Posted on July 4, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Happy Fourth Of July From The Summit

We just celebrated 150 years of statehood in West Virginia on June 20 and today—the fourth of July—we celebrate the nation’s 237th birthday. As we prepare for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, we invite you…

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You don't have to catch air to get your BMX on at the Summit.
Posted on July 3, 2013 by Lesley

2014 Programs Sneak Peek: Wheels

Transform wheeled mobility into an art form with Wheels, one of four high adventure programs offered at the Summit in 2014. Check out the video above for a taste. Wheels is a smorgasbord of, well, wheels. Seriously. You’ll feast…

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Venturing tips for packing for jamboree
Posted on July 2, 2013 by Jessica S., Patrol Z Reporter

Packing For Jamboree, Venturing Style

Hey fellow Scouts! With Jamboree just around the corner, I am sure you all are getting anxious to start packing. I know I am! We covered packing when the jamboree duffel was unveiled, but it’s…

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A clean Scout is a healthy Scout
Posted on June 28, 2013 by Nate S., Patrol Z Reporter

A Scout Is Clean: Jambo Hygiene

Hygiene at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is serious stuff. Meaning, no one would appreciate it if you skipped the showers. Keep in mind some basics about hygiene when putting together your gear for the…

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Understanding the river is to understand life.
Posted on June 19, 2013 by Lesley

2014 Programs Sneak Peek: The River

What’s beyond the 2013 National Scout Jamboree? Check out the video above for a hint. That’s just a glimpse of the action you’ll find next summer at The River, one of four programs offered at the Summit from…

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All visitors are welcome at the 2013 jamboree.
Posted on June 14, 2013 by Bulk Admin

2013 Jamboree Visitor Registration Now Live

If you’re pumped about the 2013 National Scout Jamboree and all that action packed into the Summit but can’t swing all 10 days of the event, head on over to VisitJambo.org to sign up for one-day or multi-day jamboree…

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Challenge-by-choice makes The Ropes challenge courses perfect for all comers.
Posted on June 7, 2013 by Lesley

Challenge By Choice: The Ropes Construction Update

The Ropes challenge courses at the Summit are nearing completion and will be ready for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. These courses are all about helping Scouts and Venturers develop leadership and teamwork skills and learn more…

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Getting a helping hand with fitness.
Posted on June 6, 2013 by Nate S., Patrol Z Reporter

Put Your Fitness To The SEAL Test

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is no weekend camping trip.  You’ll have a chance to experience all kinds of amazing ways to test your physical fitness and mental skill and ability with the activities offered….

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Railing the berm on the BMX track at the Summit
Posted on May 31, 2013 by Lesley

Ride Ready: BMX Construction Update

Get ready to roll because The Trax BMX activity area is going to be off the chain at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Still not convinced The Trax will be ready? Check out the video above. If…

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Broken in footwear is the key to taking care of your feet at The Summit
Posted on May 29, 2013 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Happy Feet: Kicking Around The 2013 Jambo

Walking is the way to go at the Summit. Here are a couple of pointers for taking care of your feet while getting around the 2013 National Scout Jamboree: It’s All About the Shoes While…

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The Summit Jamboree App keeps you on top of the 2013 jamboree
Posted on May 28, 2013 by Alex C., Patrol Z Reporter

Three Reasons Everyone Needs The Jamboree Summit App

Whether you’re heading to the Summit as a jamboree participant, staff member, or visitor, the Jamboree Summit App is one of the smallest items you need to pack. If you’re an Apple iOS or Android…

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New high adventure programs at the Summit will roll out in 2014
Posted on May 24, 2013 by Bulk Admin

High-Octane High Adventure At The Summit In 2014

Summit high adventure programs—why waste words telling you about what’s coming in 2014 when you can see it with your own eyes? We dare you not to be fully stoked. Ready to get your high adventure…

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Canopy zip lines at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia
Posted on May 22, 2013 by Lesley

Secret Life Of Birds: The Canopy Construction Update

You know that dream you have of flying? If you’re coming to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, you’ll have a chance to live that dream at The Canopy. Seriously. Check out the video above for…

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Hesper and Dave talking jamboree staff at the Summit
Posted on May 20, 2013 by Bulk Admin

A Scout Is Always Helpful: A Call For Jambo Staff

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree still needs staff. It’s going to take a bunch of dedicated people willing to help out to make this year’s event shine. That’s where you come in. We’re putting out…

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We answer your Summit and Jamboree questions
Posted on May 17, 2013 by Bulk Admin

We Answer Your Summit Questions – No. 1

With the new permanent home of the national Scout jamboree set to officially open in July, questions abound. We’ve sent roving reporter Haynes out in the field to answer the most common questions we’ve received…

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Shooting sports at the Summit are going to be world class for the jamboree and beyond
Posted on May 16, 2013 by Lesley

Summit Construction Update: Taking Aim At The Barrels

Develop expert skill, accuracy, and precision at The Barrels shooting sports activity area at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. This amazing shooting sports venue is on target (see what we did there?) to be ready for…

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Registration for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree closes May 14
Posted on May 13, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Jamboree Curriculum Sign-Up Closes May 14

This is just a friendly reminder to complete your curriculum choices for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree by May 14, 2013. Still undecided? Check out the curriculum posts right here on the Summit Blog to…

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Aiming for the chains is the way to succeed in disc golf
Posted on May 11, 2013 by Lesley

What’s The Deal With Disc Golf?

Like Frisbee? And golf? Combine the two and you have disc golf, a fun sport making its jamboree debut at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Staged on Mayhem Mountain, this sport…

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Jamboree disc golf team leader, Bobby Hermann
Posted on May 8, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Disc Golf Devotee: Program Team Leader

The key to the success of any program, whether it’s disc golf at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree or day camp at your community park, is the people who run it. If a program leader…

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Mountainboarding is all about the dirt
Posted on May 1, 2013 by Lesley

What’s The Deal With Mountainboarding?

Details are still coming in for the mountainboarding elective at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, but one thing’s for sure: this wildly popular all-terrain action sport will be delivering thrills this year. Never heard of mountainboarding? It…

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The jamboree is the perfect place for budding reporters to hone their craft.
Posted on April 25, 2013 by Bulk Admin

2013 Jambo: How To Be A Hometown News Correspondent

If you are a Scout or Venturer with journalistic aspirations and you are heading to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, you can register as a Hometown News correspondent. What does that mean? It means you…

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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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Grist Mill at Babcock State Park
Posted on April 16, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Beyond The Summit: Area Information For Jambo Visitors

2013 National Scout Jamboree visitors are in for a big treat at the Summit Center, but might be left wondering what adventures await beyond the Summit? If that’s you, you’ve come to the right place. There…

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Aquatics curriculum can put you on the road to this
Posted on April 11, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Jamboree Aquatics: Nothing Wrong With Being All Wet

Water is everywhere—there’s no escaping it. Going with the flow? That’s all about water. If you can’t beat it—and really, why would you want to?—you might as well join it by learning as many ways…

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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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President Gerald Ford's Merit Badge Sash
Posted on March 29, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Merit Badge Madness At The 2013 Jamboree

Many of you have asked about the status of the Merit Badge Midway for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Get ready because we have some answers. Two things: It’s no longer called the Merit Badge…

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Jambo 2013 will feature plenty of archery
Posted on March 28, 2013 by Bulk Admin

The Bows Curriculum: Archery Old And New

Archery rules. Robin Hood. Green Arrow. Katniss Everdeen. Famed archers, all. Sure, they’re fictional characters, but still. What if you could get a taste of that archery awesomeness? Well, you can. In addition to sporting…

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Filling out your medical forms is a matter of sitting down and doing it
Posted on March 19, 2013 by JP M., Patrol Z Reporter

Jamboree Medical Forms: Getting It Done

Ahh, medical forms. They’re always a pain to finish filling out. And that due date always seems to sneak up on us. Speaking of which, the deadline for turning in medical forms for the 2013…

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Official Jamboree Duffel - Osprey Transporter BSA
Posted on March 7, 2013 by Bulk Admin

What’s The Deal With Packing The Jamboree Duffel?

As part of your 2013 National Scout Jamboree registration, you received the Osprey Transporter BSA duffel bag. What’s the deal with that? For 10 days—from July 15 to 24—Scouts and Venturers attending the 2013 jamboree…

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Sea Scouts working together on a Sea Base trip.
Posted on February 18, 2013 by Bulk Admin

What’s The Deal With Sea Base?

The Ocean Rules. No Pun Necessary. Is there a better place for high adventure than the high seas? Not likely. That’s why Sea Base exists. If it has to do with the ocean, and it’s…

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Scouts are all about service.
Posted on February 11, 2013 by Bulk Admin

2013 Jamboree: What’s The Deal With Day Of Service?

For one day of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, you’re doing a day of service. Here’s the deal with that: First, you’re a Scout. It’s what you do. Pitching in and helping—it’s in your blood….

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Taking aim at moving targets with sporting arrows
Posted on January 30, 2013 by Bulk Admin

21st Century Archery: Sporting Arrows At Jamboree

Sporting arrows are not only new to archery in Scouting, but also to the archery world in general. Similar to clay target shooting, sporting arrows are centered around automatic target launchers that throw 10-inch diameter…

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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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Man-made rock climbing features at the Summit are coming on line for jamboree
Posted on January 15, 2013 by Bulk Admin

Climbing At The Summit: Construction Update [PHOTOS]

Construction at the Summit continues full steam ahead. Seriously. Check out what’s going on at The Rocks, the Summit’s climbing area. Eldorado Climbing Walls’ ingenuity drops the look and feel of New River Gorge rock…

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SUP, kayak and rafting at the 2013 Jamboree. What else do you need?
Posted on December 21, 2012 by Bulk Admin

What’s SUP? Aquatics Staff at the Jamboree

Kayaking or SUP in your wheelhouse? Then sign up for an aquatics staff position and be like Gandalf, imparting wisdom to all who venture into your domain. Maybe we love playing around in water so…

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Posted on December 19, 2012 by Bulk Admin

Dusteaters Wanted: Jamboree Mountain Biking Staff

Mountain biking. It’s fun to experience, but hard to describe. You can talk rolling over flowy trails and watching the woods blur by in your periphery. Or picking your way through a gnarly rock garden…

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Shakedown 2012 was the scoop of the summer for Scouting Magazine
Posted on December 17, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

How To Cover A Big Story Like Shakedown [Pt. 1]

The most important skill is taking careful notes. Go with the “more is more” approach. It’s better to take too many notes or get too many quotes than the opposite.

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Learning knots is essential to Scouting.
Posted on December 14, 2012 by BSA

Square Knots and Sheepshanks

A piece of rope is like a Swiss Army knife. Without the spoon. But only if you know your knots. Here’s a great tool to learn them.

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Posted on November 19, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

BMX: Go Big With Patrol Z [Video]

The Summit is gearing up for all levels of BMX enthusiasts, whether you’re an actual pro or just testing the rounds for the first time.

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Scout Skating At The Summit
Posted on November 16, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

Skateboarding + Spohn Ranch [Video]

To build the best skatepark, we’ve teamed up with one of the most recognized names in skatepark design: Spohn Ranch.

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Scout Troop From Florida Checks out high adventure in North Carolina
Posted on November 2, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

Florida Goes High Adventuring

Luis, 16, and Jaymes, 15, two Scouts who participated in the trip, were brand new to all these high-adventure sports. But it didn’t take them long to warm up to the action-packed activities.

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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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Get Ready For High Rollin' Adventure
Posted on October 26, 2012 by Kevin M., Patrol Z Reporter

Skatepark At The Summit: A Firsthand Look

When most people think high adventure they think of backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. But, as participants at the Summit shakedown learned, high adventure can be much more than the standard fare.

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Trails Are Up!
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

More Surprised Scouters At The Summit [Video]

[tube]BP2GZhRca4o[/tube] We couldn’t resist posting more reactions from recent visits to the Summit. As we rolled through the grounds of the future home of the 2013 National Jamboree with council members from all over the…

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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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Desert Island Survival Graphic
Posted on September 11, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

5 Beneficial Items When Stranded On A Desert Island

Your flight has been at a cruising altitude for a number of hours, and you’re well over the shimmering Pacific Ocean. Chuckling over some jokes in Boy’s Life magazine, the unthinkable suddenly happens: the plane begins to lose power!

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Summit Survivors
Posted on August 31, 2012 by Jessica S., Patrol Z Reporter

5 Easy Ways To Survive the Summit

The Summit, I won’t lie to you, is tough. But it’s that really good kind of tough. There are, however, 5 easy steps to help you have an amazing time, and conquer any challenges.

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Flying High With BMX
Posted on August 24, 2012 by Russell Smart

Mayhem Mountain: How Did It Get So Good?

Both [BMX riding and skateboarding] are part of our world-class program experience which have higher energy and are more diverse, more intense, and more physically challenging than ever before.

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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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The More You Know...
Posted on August 20, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

Betcha Didn’t Know! [Infographic]

We’ve arranged the fascinating facts and figures in a handy, dandy infographic to get those mind wheels of yours spinning.

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Breaking Ground At The Summit
Posted on August 17, 2012 by Kevin M., Patrol Z Reporter

SummitCorps: Bringing It Back Home

When SummitCorps wrapped up in West Virginia at the end of July last year, over 1,000 Arrowmen had built almost 13 miles of trail.

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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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Thumbs Up For Teamwork
Posted on August 13, 2012 by Leigh, Summit Blog Staff

With A Little Help From Their Friends

For every jamboree held at the Summit, each attending Scout will donate approximately 6 hours of service work to areas surrounding the Summit.

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Into Shooting Sports?
Posted on August 10, 2012 by Russell Smart

We’ve Got Target Sports!

[Target sports] is another part of our world-class program experience which is more diverse, more intense, higher energy and more physically challenging than ever before.

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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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Pretty cool shot, Patrol Z!
Posted on July 30, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Scouting At NAS Pensacola

Scouts from Fleur de Lis District in Southeast Louisiana Council took a weekend hike across the Naval Air Station Pensacola (NAS) in Florida.

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Look At Us!
Posted on July 27, 2012 by Connor M., Patrol Z Reporter

New Online Map Views Of The Summit

It’s official: You can see the Summit Bechtel Reserve on Google Maps and Google Earth. Check out these bird’s eye views of the home of the national jamboree.

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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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Posted on July 23, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

Making A Splash At The Summit [Infographic]

Want to try SUP (stand-up paddleboarding)? What about a water obstacle course? Into kayaking? How about breathing underwater as a scuba diver?

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Do you know what those colors mean?
Posted on July 20, 2012 by Jessica S., Patrol Z Reporter

Achieving The Eagle Scout Award

What is the highest recognition that Scouting offers? That’s right—the Eagle Scout Award. The Eagle Scout Award is earned through the advancement program, and only about 5 percent of the boys who begin in Scouting…

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Meet McCarthy
Posted on July 17, 2012 by Kevin M., Patrol Z Reporter

An Interview With The Summit Director

Patrol Z reporters Kevin M. and Patrick B. interviewed Summit Director Dan McCarthy during the Summit Shakedown. Watch the video for the inside scoop.

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Zip, Zip, Hooray!
Posted on by JP M., Patrol Z Reporter

Zippin’ Away

Did you know that when you’re 40 feet above the ground, going 40 miles an hour, you get a pretty insane adrenaline rush? It’s really exciting riding on a zip line. So, after a full…

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Challenge By Choice
Posted on by Connor M., Patrol Z Reporter

1 More Reason The 2013 Jamboree Will Be Epic

At the Summit Shakedown, Scouts and Venturers are all getting a taste of adventure — the Summit’s activities offer something for every level of ability.

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@PatrolZ Instagram
Posted on July 15, 2012 by Bulk Admin

8 Funky Photos From The Shakedown

Patrol Z is using cool photo filters on Instagram to give you visual updates from the Summit Shakedown — look for @PatrolZ on Instagram.

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Shakedown Village
Posted on July 14, 2012 by Connor M., Patrol Z Reporter

Tent City, In Effect!

Within just a couple hours, what was an empty field became a tent city as hundreds of Scouts and Venturers set up for the Summit Shakedown.

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Saving habitat for Bambi!
Posted on by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

4 Types Of Sustainability Thinking

With the opening of the Summit for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, you’ll see plenty of sustainable design in operation — and some of it won’t be so obvious.

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Posted on July 6, 2012 by Gina, Summit Blog Staff

Shooting Sports, By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

What do 50 acres, 200-plus shooting stations, and 3D courses have in common? They’ll all be ready and waiting for you at the 2013 National Jamboree’s adventure area for shooting sports! From the expertly designed…

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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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What pack has you ready for the trail?
Posted on July 2, 2012 by Carl C., Patrol Z Reporter

Osprey Ace 48 | The Z Review

The Osprey Ace 48 is an ideal pack for overnight camping and backpacking adventures.

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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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Rock on!
Posted on June 22, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Teach Me to Climb

Since climbing is a fun, yet somewhat risky activity with much to learn in order to keep everyone safe, these Scouts completed the training in just under 18 long hours of both vigorous studying of the Climb On Safely rules and hands-on training on their tower.

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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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Patrol Z puts service first!
Posted on by Nate S., Patrol Z Reporter

Service Has No Age Limit

It doesn’t matter whether you are a Cub Scout or part of a crew, you can help make a difference too! What do you care about? What are you good at? Ideas are good, but ideas put into action, using some of the things we learn through Scouting, can help change the world.

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Posted on June 1, 2012 by Bulk Admin

All Skill Levels Welcome At The 2013 Jamboree

Many people are familiar with the icons representing difficulty levels at a ski resort. You know, those little colored shapes that indicate how hard a particular slope is to descend? All the activities in the…

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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 25, 2012 by Reid, Summit Blog Staff

How To Meet Scouts From Saudi Arabia [AUDIO]

This Scout says his favorite part of the 2010 jamboree was meeting Scouts from another country and learning about their culture. Listen to the audio!

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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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Posted on April 30, 2012 by Bulk Admin

3 Ways To Ramp Up Your Patch Trading

Just like in past jamborees, and in addition to all the high-adventure activities that will be available to you, 2013 will also include classic jamboree activities that you have grown to love, including the ever popular, vastly competitive patch trading experience.

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Posted on April 20, 2012 by Bulk Admin

Find Your Inner Fish At The Summit

There will be gallons of different ways to get wet at the jamboree. Will you be able to jump into them all in 10 days?

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Posted on April 13, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Osprey® Kestrel 58 | The Z Review

For a pack under $150 that can last your entire backpacking career in Scouting, the Osprey Kestrel 58 is a pretty decent deal.

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Posted on April 5, 2012 by Russell Smart

Want More Information On Mountain Biking At The Summit?

At the mountain biking Adventure Area in Adventure Valley you can try your new skills on a world-class series of biking trails. Too bad you won’t have time to ride them all in one jamboree experience – because there’s over thirty miles of them!

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Posted on April 3, 2012 by Bulk Admin

‘Climb On’ Everything, Adventure Areas Part 4

The Summit has big plans for big rocks. And by this, we are talking about the activity area for climbing, which will allow you to boulder, top-rope climb and/or rappel when you visit for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

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Posted on March 20, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

A Scout’s Cycling Experience

Scouts of Troop 185 have many adventures to look forward to from sailing and canoeing, to cycling and climbing, but they regularly take adventure to the next level.

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Posted on March 16, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Ever Heard Of A Sea Scout?

Sea Scouts is part of Venturing whose members focus on sailing, maritime skills, and of course, having fun.

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Posted on March 14, 2012 by Kevin M., Patrol Z Reporter

Dodging For Adventure

When Troop 108 raises funds to go to Florida Sea Base, they don’t mess around. What cool or innovative fundraisers is your unit planning?

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Posted on March 12, 2012 by Alex C., Patrol Z Reporter

What Is Your Path To The Summit?

Is your jamboree contingent traveling before Jambo? Read more to see the South Texas Council’s path to the Summit!

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Posted on February 20, 2012 by Jessica S., Patrol Z Reporter

Camelbak 2011 Lobo Hydration Pack

Indoors or outdoors, good weather or bad, hiking or biking; there isn’t always a need to carry a huge pack that has tons of space.

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The Official BSA Troop First-Aid Kit
Posted on February 15, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

BSA Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit | The Z Review

The BSA Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit from Adventure® Medical, a well organized and stocked first-aid kit, is suitable for up to 6 people on almost any troop event.

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Posted on February 13, 2012 by Bulk Admin

Want To Fly At The Summit?

You’ve heard about Mayhem Mountain, and how you can catch some big air at the Summit’s high-adventure basecamp for BMX and skateboarding. But just in case that isn’t your style, there is another way you can fly at the 2013 jamboree.

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Posted on February 6, 2012 by Bulk Admin

Climbing In The New River Gorge

In earlier segments of this Venturing to the Summit series, we watched as members from Venturing Crews 32 and 44 from North Carolina worked and played in and around the New River Gorge.

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Quantum of Fellowship
Posted on February 1, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Quantum of Fellowship

Chilantakoba Lodge, Order of the Arrow, from Southeast Louisiana Council recently held its Annual Fall Fellowship, themed James Bond: Quantum of Fellowship, at Camp V-Bar on December 2-4.

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Tenderfoot Collecting Food
Posted on January 27, 2012 by Patrick B., Patrol Z

Scouting For Food [Photo Gallery]

Scouting for Food, an annual service project rooted in the founding principles of Scouting, helps thousand of families in need.

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Posted on January 25, 2012 by Russell Smart

Updates From Team Summit: Buckskin Games

Now that 2012 is here, we only have about 18 months until we meet in West Virginia for the first-ever national scout jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

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Posted on January 23, 2012 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

Keeping The New River Looking New

Soon, thousands of Scouts will be coming to the New River Gorge to visit the Summit for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. And while Scouts are going to be given the opportunity to explore the…

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Posted on January 18, 2012 by Connor M., Patrol Z Reporter

Gettysburg: Experience The Past

Where can you go to see one of the most significant and well-known battlefields of the Civil War in person? Gettysburg of course!

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Posted on January 13, 2012 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

How To Run The Second-Largest City In West Virginia

Once the Summit Bechtel Reserve is up and running during the jamboree, it will be the second-largest city in West Virginia. Yep, that’s pretty big. There were 43,434 Scouts and approximately 50,000 visitors at Fort…

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Posted on January 6, 2012 by Connor M., Patrol Z Reporter

Did You Know LEGO Bricks Are A Part Of Scouting?

What do you get when you have thousands of LEGOs, 2 Twister mats, a karaoke system, section officers from around the Northeast and a weekend filled with total awesomeness?

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Posted on January 4, 2012 by Bulk Admin

Taking On The New River’s Rapids

In this edition of Adventures in Service: Venturing to the Summit, Crew members learned the basics of paddling, boat handling and safety from local West Virginia whitewater guides.

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Posted on December 30, 2011 by Bulk Admin

How Service Projects Led To Fishing On The New River

After helping the National Park Service restore some of the natural habitat in a high-traffic area on the Gauley River, Venturing Crews 32 and 44 from North Carolina were rewarded for their hard work. In…

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Posted on December 28, 2011 by Nick D., Patrol Z Reporter

Tree To Tree Is Growing

Project COPE (Challenging Personal Outdoor Experience) has been a favorite in Scouting at summer camps, and for troops and crews that want a little excitement when it comes to a day in the woods.

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Posted on December 26, 2011 by Russell Smart

Updates From Team Summit: Pioneering

Each month, this blog features one of the program elements that will be offered at the 2013 Jamboree. This month‘s feature is pioneering.

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Posted on December 21, 2011 by Veronica, Summit Blog Staff

Look Back At The 2011 World Scout Jamboree

This summer, an estimated 38,000 Scouts representing 150 countries joined in Kristianstad, Sweden for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.

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Posted on December 12, 2011 by Alex C., Patrol Z Reporter

Paying It Forward In A New Direction — Up

Though Scouting isn’t all about tying knots, for Shawn Killian, a correctly tied knot can mean the difference between fun and accident.

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Posted on December 9, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Behold, The Mark Of The Z!

What Is Patrol Z?You might not have known it, but a lot of the stories, photos and videos you see here on this site were thought up, created and edited by Scouts and Venturers just like you.

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Posted on December 7, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Restoring Habitat In The New River Gorge

In this series of Adventures in Service, you will meet Venturing Crews 32 and 44 from North Carolina, as they helped with bit of forest re-vegetation in the NRG.

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Summit Legion Cap
Posted on December 2, 2011 by Reid, Summit Blog Staff

Coming Soon To Scout Stores Near You

It’s a new home for the jamboree. It’s a new high adventure base. It’s a new century of Scouting. All of that calls for some brand new gear.

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Posted on November 28, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Sustainable Forestry At The Summit [Video]

Want to know where the Summit Bechtel Reserve got the lumber used to construct buildings on site? We’ll give you a hint: You don’t have to look far.

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Posted on November 25, 2011 by Russell Smart

Updates From Team Summit: OA Indian Village

Each month, the Summit blog will feature one of the program elements that will be offered at the 2013 Jamboree. This month, check out the “Jamboree Trek” to Garden Ground Mountain.

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Zip Lines Coming On-Line
Posted on November 23, 2011 by Reid, Summit Blog Staff

Photo Update On Summit Development

Enjoy some aerial shots of the Summit Bechtel Reserve, as well as some great images of the progress being made on the ground in West Virginia.

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Posted on November 21, 2011 by Nick D., Patrol Z Reporter

Do You Know What SUP Means?

In the world of water sports, one stands above the rest — literally. The sport is known as stand up paddleboarding (SUP for short).

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Posted on November 7, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

Animal Friends At The Summit

Are you coming the New River Gorge anytime soon? If so, you should get to know what kinds of animals you might run into.

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Posted on November 4, 2011 by Alex C., Patrol Z Reporter

If We Build It, Will You Come?

As construction ramps up at the Summit Bechtel Reserve this fall in preparation for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, the question still remains, “if we build it, will you come?”

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Posted on November 2, 2011 by Bulk Admin

SummitCorps Trails Open For Business [Video]

Throughout the month of July, nearly 1,500 Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow volunteers traveled to the New River Gorge for SummitCorps: The New River Experience.

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Posted on October 31, 2011 by Veronica, Summit Blog Staff

Is It Lunchtime Yet?

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree will offer a different experience for everyone, but there’s one thing that everyone will have in common. Food.

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Posted on October 28, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Scouting For Scholarships

What’s it worth to earn your Eagle Scout rank? Well, for some, it can be worth about $52,000 over 4 years of college.

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BASE Jumpers!
Posted on October 26, 2011 by Reid, Summit Blog Staff

Big Doings For Bridge Day 2011

Thousands of spectators turn out to watch BASE jumpers leap from the New River Gorge Bridge. Here’s a photo gallery from the event.

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Posted on October 24, 2011 by Russell Smart

Updates From Team Summit

The jamboree at the Summit will deliver a world-class program experience – more diverse, more intense, higher energy and more physically challenging than ever before.

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Posted on October 21, 2011 by Kevin M., Patrol Z Reporter

Not Your Average Scout

David (Dave) Evans, an Eagle Scout from upstate New York, may seem like your average guy.

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Posted on October 14, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

The New River Is Cleaning Up, Here’s How You Can Help

Locals are working to clean up the New River, but there are plenty of other bodies of water that need support, too. Boy Scouts are all about practicing stewardship and acting as role models in…

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Posted on October 10, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Mayhem Mountain: Activity Area Part 1

Want to ride skateboards and BMX bikes? We have good news, the Summit will have both. Want a foam pit to practice throwing big tricks? Oh yeah, the Summit’s getting that, too. You can find…

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Posted on October 6, 2011 by Bulk Admin

1 Big Reason The Summit Will Be Ready In 2013

It’s not exactly “hands-free” driving, but operators of the bulldozers and other heavy equipment developing the Summit Bechtel Reserve have a co-pilot high in the sky. Hulking, 50-ton machines such as the D9 Caterpillar are…

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Posted on October 4, 2011 by Bulk Admin

How To Build A Lasting Mountain Biking Trail [VIDEO]

You’ve heard about SummitCorps: The New River Experience. And by now, you may have even checked out the new trails which officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7, 2011. If not, here…

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Posted on October 3, 2011 by Bulk Admin

All You Need To Know About SummitCorps [Infographic]

Throughout the month of July, Order of the Arrow members volunteered their time to help with SummitCorps: The New River Experience. A project to build hiking and biking trails, with support from the National Park…

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Posted on September 30, 2011 by Bulk Admin

6 Places You Won’t Want To Miss At the 2013 Jamboree

Scouts are going to have an entire mountaintop of adventure sports and outdoor activities to enjoy at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, but it all has to start somewhere, right? Six basecamps will act as staging…

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Summit Trails
Posted on September 28, 2011 by Bulk Admin

What You Should Know About Summit Trails

While the Summit’s camping footprint won’t be as big as that of the jamboree’s old location at Fort A.P. Hill (1,270 acres compared to 5,000 acres), you should still bring your walking shoes. Not to…

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You Shaped The Summit Winner Visits West Virginia

We asked you to help “Shape the Summit.” Thousands responded. One earned a trip to the New River Gorge (NRG) and ACE Adventure Resort. This summer, the winner of our “You Shape the Summit” contest,…

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Posted on September 24, 2011 by Veronica, Summit Blog Staff

SummitCorps Scouts Raise Money With Patches

Throughout the month of July, Arrowmen from around the country traveled to West Virginia for the biggest youth project in National Park Service history: SummitCorps. They came to build miles of trails, but ended up…

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Posted on September 22, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Do You Know A Scout Who Goes ‘Above & Beyond’?

We all know Scouts and Venturers are some of the best guys and girls around. Look in any town, any neighborhood, and the kind of folks you find in Scouting are achievers, leaders and setting…

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What Do Salamanders, Texas And The OA Have In Common?

You’ve heard of the “King of the Jungle” and Lord of the Flies, but how about “Savior of the Salamanders”? No? Well, you might know him better as national chief. Meet Jonathan Hillis, the 2011…

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Posted on September 21, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Leading The Way

In the 3rd and final part of Adventures In Service: New River Rendezvous, members of Venturing Crew 5.14 were rewarded with some top-roping out at the Meadow River. While enjoying the new rocks, the group…

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Pow Wow
Posted on September 20, 2011 by Kevin M., Patrol Z Reporter

Catch The Rhythm, Hear The Drum

Nearly a thousand Arrowmen attended Indian Summer 2011 in early August, where they learned about ceremonies, dance, costuming and much more. Evening activities included pow wows put on by the American Indian Affairs staff, an…

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Posted on September 14, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Dulcimer Duo A Hit At SummitCorps

Scouting isn’t just about roughing it in the wild. It’s about developing well-rounded individuals. During SummitCorps, the National Park Service hosted Appalachian History Night, where local performers and artisans shared their knowledge and talents with…

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SummitCorps Trail Opens!
Posted on September 13, 2011 by Reid, Summit Blog Staff

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening Of SummitCorps Trail

Get on your bikes, and throw on your hiking boots, because the Arrowhead Hike & Bike Trail is officially open. The National Park Service commemorated the official opening of the trail in Fayetteville, West Virginia,…

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Sandstone Falls
Posted on September 10, 2011 by Bulk Admin

5 Things To Do At Sandstone Falls

Kayakers pitch themselves from the top of it. Fishermen wade into it. Some simply look at it with awe. Sandstone Falls is a river-wide ledge downstream of the Bluestone Dam on the New River and…

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Jamboree Summit Center
Posted on September 9, 2011 by Bulk Admin

The 1 Place You Won’t Want To Miss At The Jamboree

Not going to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree as a participant? No problem. You should visit the jamboree and sample the activities anyway. Yep, you read that right. Whether you’re a Scout or not, you’ll…

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Posted on September 8, 2011 by Bulk Admin

44 Miles Of Flags

You’ve heard about SummitCorps. You’ve heard about the miles of hiking and biking trails constructed by the Order of the Arrow. But what was happening weeks before the Scouts even arrived? Well, there was plenty…

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Posted on September 7, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Trek To The Summit Of The Summit

Buckskin games, Native American presentations, drumming, dancing, competitions and bonfires. Excited yet? As a part of the new jamboree model, each Scout at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree will get to experience all of the…

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Adventures In Service, Part 2
Posted on September 6, 2011 by Bulk Admin

It’s Climb Time

Crew 5.14 put down the tools and picked up the gear in the second installment of Adventures in Service. With their new appreciation for the New River Gorge sandstone, Venturers climbed some of the rock…

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Posted on September 5, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Arrowmen Learn About The Culture Around The Summit

A man sharpens a hatchet. Another picks up a firearm. Beside them is a woman weaving. Animal skins are spread across tables. String music plays in the background. Where are you?  You’re at Appalachian History…

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Posted on September 2, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Head North And Get Your High Adventure On

Looking for some of the best wilderness adventure in the world? Don’t worry, the Summit Bechtel Reserve will open soon enough. But if you’re one of those who just can’t wait (we don’t blame you),…

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Recycle Sign
Posted on September 1, 2011 by Bulk Admin

One Ice-Cold Water, Please. Hold the Plastic.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. These 3 famous R’s aren’t losing popularity anytime soon. In fact, the Summit designers are wholeheartedly supporting them with some big plans to cut back on waste at the 2013 National Scout…

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Posted on August 31, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Sample Pump Track Complete At The Summit

We know there are 2 years left until the Summit Bechtel Reserve opens its doors for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. That’s why we wanted to give you a little taste of what you can…

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Posted on August 26, 2011 by Reid, Summit Blog Staff

Summit Gets Its First Zip Line

Design and construction teams are making amazing progress on site at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, and the first “sample” activity is in working order — the Summit’s first zip line. Get the full update in…

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Kaymoor Climber
Posted on August 24, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Above The Mines, Beneath The Climbs

The remnants of a mining town lie silent in the New River Gorge, even though the campground above is bustling with activity. It hosts Kaymoor’s new residents, the climbers. They park near the ruins of…

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Send Us Stories For The Summit Blog
Posted on August 23, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Got A Scouting Story To Share?

We want to hear about your adventures! We want to hear about the amazing things Scouts are achieving in your area! How are you getting ready for the next jamboree? Do you have a story…

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Jamboree New Model
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1 Big Change At The 2013 Jamboree

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree will be full of change. How so, you ask? Well, let’s take a look at the schedule. This new model will help Scouts experience everything they want to at the…

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Posted on August 22, 2011 by Bulk Admin

3 Very Good Reasons Why We Need Patrol Z

It is clearly evident that Scouting needs an outlet by which Scouts and Venturers can tell their own stories from their own perspectives using their own voices. Enter Patrol Z. A promotional video was introduced…

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Posted on August 20, 2011 by Bulk Admin

You Shaped The Summit: Campsites

We asked all of you to help Shape the Summit, and you most definitely did. Over 1,000 survey responses and Facebook comments were received from Scouts, Venturers, Scouters, volunteers, and many more. Your input was…

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Posted on August 19, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Will You Find Your Way At The Summit?

The Summit Bechtel Family Reserve is big — more than 10,000 acres big. It’s hard to fathom just how huge 10,000 acres really is. Most of us can understand the number 10,000, but you also…

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Posted on August 17, 2011 by Kevin M., Patrol Z Reporter

Patrol-Style Cooking – Not Your Typical Summer Camp Meal

Across the country, Scout camp dining halls are full of staffers leading campers in songs and cheers to thank the kitchen staff for their daily meals. But at the Cedarlands Scout Reservation (CSR), a camp…

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Posted on August 16, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

The Word On The Streets Of Fayetteville

Just up the road from the Summit, citizens of Fayetteville, West Virginia, one of America’s Coolest Small Towns, have noticed Scouts hanging around town. It’s hard not to notice. Scouts are in the stores, the…

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