Category: Summit Buzz


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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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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Spartan Race 2017 Race Schedule

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

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

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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Yeager Airport Route Map - Summit Shuttle Service

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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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

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

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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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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Food donation

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

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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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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Thanksgiving Luncheon

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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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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The Summit Visitor Pass lets you check out Action Point

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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Scouts and Venturers camp onsite during Summit programs.

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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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

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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The Rocks is a premier man-made rock climbing venue at The Summit in West Virginia

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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Geospatial tech is a great way to keep track of what's going on at the Summit

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 Canopy high adventure venue at the Summit

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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Trick shots are Dude Perfect's specialty. And Pandas.

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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2014 Programs marketing toolkit helps you get the word out to your Scouts.

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

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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You don't have to catch air to get your BMX on at the Summit.

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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Challenge-by-choice makes The Ropes challenge courses perfect for all comers.

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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Get Ready For High Rollin' Adventure

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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Getting some air on the BMX

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

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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How Does Shakedown Shape Up?

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?

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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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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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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Summit Director 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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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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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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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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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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Summit Trails

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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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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Send Us Stories For The Summit Blog

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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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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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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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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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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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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What Do You Know?

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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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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Shape the Summit SCUBA

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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Planting At The Summit

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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Shape The Summit Survey Results

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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