SUMMIT BLOG


Moonbot Challenges
Posted on by Carl C., Patrol Z Reporter

What Does Scouting Have in Common with the Moon? Robotics!

Since the introduction of the new Robotics merit badge, Scouts from across the country have built some pretty cool robots. Some have created unique tasks for their robots to perform while others, like Nathan, are…

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Posted on August 11, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

How Far Did You Travel To Get To SummitCorps?

Thousands of Scouts traveled to the New River Gorge this summer to help build hiking and biking trails at SummitCorps: The New River Experience. They came from all over the country, and in one case,…

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A Day Off At SummitCorps
Posted on August 8, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

5 Adventure Activities On The SummitCorps Schedule

After 32 hours of shoveling, raking, breaking rocks and so much more, Arrowmen volunteering at SummitCorp: The New River Experience are getting to experience a bit of adventure in the New River Gorge. Each week,…

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Posted on August 6, 2011 by Bulk Admin

3 More Ways SummitCorps Is Giving Back

Scouts were busy building hiking and biking trails by day and giving back to the community by night at SummitCorps. They just couldn’t get enough community service, could they? Before SummitCorps began, leaders chose 10…

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Cheerful Service: How We Roll
Posted on August 5, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Hard Work, Hard Play

Whether it’s hard work or hard play, the Scouts got the most out of each day they spent at SummitCorps. The Order of the Arrow has the recipe for a great experience — service and…

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Posted on August 4, 2011 by Evan, Summit Blog Staff

More Than Just A Bridge

You’ve probably heard about the New River Gorge Bridge by now, but why is it so special, you ask? Let’s take a ride and find out.  (And to see how they built the enormous arch,…

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Posted on August 3, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

Head To Florida And Get Your High Adventure On

Craving adventure? Land not quite your style? The Summit Bechtel Reserve will offer Scouts plenty of ways to get wet. Swimming, whitewater rafting, boating, snorkeling and scuba will all be centerpieces at the 2013 National…

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Posted on August 2, 2011 by Bulk Admin

5 Things You Need To Know About MTB Trailbuilding

Mountain bike trail crews work harder than me or you. Sorry, but it’s true. How do I know? Because I talked to Brent, the Area 2 Western Region Venturing president from Salt Lake City who…

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Posted on by Leigh, Summit Blog Staff

A Bridge To The Future Of Scouting

How did the Scout get from one side of the camp to the other? By boat? By bus? By trail? Nope. By the Summit’s one-of-a-kind pedestrian bridge. There will be very few vehicles at the…

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Posted on August 1, 2011 by Reid, Summit Blog Staff

Park Service Names Gorge Trail In Thanks To Arrowmen

In the closing ceremony for week 4 of SummitCorps Friday, New River Gorge National River Superintendent Don Striker announced the name of the trail completed by the Order of the Arrow youth volunteers — the…

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Posted on by Leigh, Summit Blog Staff

Fired Up At The Summit

When the Summit opens in 2013, thousands and thousands of Scouts will get their shooting and archery merit badges here. We think that’s pretty cool. The Summit will be the home of one of the…

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Posted on by Bulk Admin

Local Support Aids Service Project Efforts

It is the largest youth service project that the New River Gorge has ever seen. Thousands of Scouts from the Order of the Arrow are investing a week of their summer to help the National…

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Posted on July 29, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Youth-Led, Youth-Built

A donation of $50 million dollars from the Stephen Bechtel kicked things off for the Summit. Since then, many large, generous donations have followed. And on top of that, it’s service that keeps the Summit…

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Splat Move At Pillow Rock Rapid, Gauley River
Posted on July 28, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

How Whitewater Kayaking And Recycling Met

This is part 4 of a 4-part series about a service project (recycling) that we tied to some adventure stuff (Bridge Day). Fun? Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. What this group of Scouts…

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Posted on by Leigh, Summit Blog Staff

4 Must-Have Mountain Bike Trail Ingredients

Arrowmen at SummitCorps are busy building over 40 miles of mountain bike trails as we speak, but they aren’t doing it alone. Trail building is rather technical, and Rich Edwards, the International Mountain Bicycling Association…

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Posted on July 27, 2011 by Bulk Admin

You Shaped The Summit: Transportation

We asked all of you to help shape the Summit. In response, we received more than 1,000 survey and Facebook comments from Scouts, Venturers, Scouters, volunteers and many more. Thanks to all of the participation,…

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I-Corps
Posted on by Connor M., Patrol Z Reporter

I-Corps — Training The SummitCorps Trainers

For 4 weeks, Scouts from across the nation are gathering to get their hands dirty in the West Virginia soil, but they’ve needed some instruction to get the job done right. Good news. The elite…

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Old Lines, New Shine
Posted on by Bulk Admin

Old Lines, New Shine

There are plenty of climbs in the New River Gorge in need of a little TLC and it’s no surprise. Most were established well before many of the Scouts reading this were born. Old routes…

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What Do You Know?
Posted on July 22, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

What Do You Know About The Summit?

The Summit Bechtel Reserve, located in southern West Virginia, is the new home of the national Scout jamboree and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. That means tons of nature and adventure. You’ll have 10,600 acres…

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Posted on July 21, 2011 by Bulk Admin

The New River’s New Rock Climbing

Climbers travel from all over the world for the New River Gorge’s pristine sandstone. However, despite its many cliffs, the NRG may not be able to support the massive demand of over 50,000 Boy Scouts…

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OA Youth Leaders Speak
Posted on July 20, 2011 by Bulk Admin

SummitCorps, In Their Words

In this video update, Order of the Arrow youth leaders volunteering in the SummitCorps project describe the project and their roles in carrying out the largest-ever service project in the New River Gorge. You’ll hear…

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

SummitCorps 2011: Developing Strong Leaders

This July, thousands of Order of the Arrow members are traveling to the New River Gorge for SummitCorps 2011: The New River Experience. For this project, the Arrowmen are building two trail systems for the…

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Posted on July 8, 2011 by Bulk Admin

Scouts Lend A Helping Hand To National Park Service

Hard work, learning experiences and adventure sports — all the ingredients that make for a successful relationship between the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America’s national honor society, the Order of the…

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Rescue boat at Bridge DAy
Posted on by Kelly, Summit Blog Staff

How To Catch A Falling BASE Jumper With A Boat

  This is part 2 of a 4 part series about a service project (recycling) that we tied to some adventure stuff (Bridge Day). Fun? Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.   After spending…

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Shape the Summit SCUBA
Posted on June 28, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

You Shaped The Summit: Action Sports

We asked all of you to help shape the Summit. In response, we received more than 1,000 survey and Facebook comments from Scouts, Venturers, Scouters, volunteers and many more. Thanks to all of the participation,…

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Adolescent Peregrine Falcon
Posted on June 20, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

Falcons In The New River Gorge

They prey and hunt from above, feeding on other birds. Once they spot their target, they fall into a dive that can reach over 200 mph. These are the Peregrine falcons. Lots of these falcons…

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Posted on June 19, 2011 by Evan, Summit Blog Staff

What It’s Like To Be A Guide: Zip Line Canopy Tours

Add speed, height, adrenaline, and the wind in your face all together. What do you get? A zip line canopy tour, of course. (And if you share this post, you’ll also get some bonus video…

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Posted on June 18, 2011 by Kelly, Summit Blog Staff

Get Fit For The Summit

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is closer than we think. And as construction of the site at the Summit Bechtel Reserve continues to progress, there are two things to remember – expect fun and be…

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Planting At The Summit
Posted on June 17, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

Seeding The Summit

Seeding has begun at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Throughout the summer of 2011, grass and plant seed will be put down to cover hundreds of acres of land at the Summit. Trinity Works, the development…

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Downhill Mountain Biking
Posted on June 16, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

SummitCorps Getting Their Hands Dirty In The NRG

For the entire month of July, Arrowmen from all over the country will be visiting the New River Gorge (NRG) to help create miles — and miles and miles — of mountain bike trails. It’s…

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Shape The Summit Survey Results
Posted on by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

You Helped Shape The Summit [Infographic]

Way back in 2010, we asked all of you to help Shape The Summit. Over 1000 survey responses and Facebook comments were received from Scouts, Venturers, Scouters, and many more. Here’s a look at what…

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Posted on June 15, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

Are You Ready To Jump On A Bike?

A world-class mountain bike facility is being built at the Summit, ready for you to tear into in 2013. Check it out!

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Posted on by Leigh, Summit Blog Staff

Scouts, Will You Rendezvous Around The Summit?

The New River Gorge hosts some of the best rock climbing in the world. That’s music to the ears of the 1,100 folks at the New River Rendezvous (NRR), a huge climbing festival in the Summit’s backyard held every May.

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Posted on June 8, 2011 by Laurie, Summit Blog Staff

Heelflips, Tailwhips And Foam Pits

Did you know that skateboarding is more popular than baseball with teens? True. That’s why you’ll be able to ride brand new parks at the jamboree in 2013.

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