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40,000 Scouts, 5 days And 300,000 Hours Of Community Service

At the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you can expect to go big with new and improved high-adventure activities. From skateboarding and BMX, to whitewater rafting and zip lining, you won’t be bored.

On top of the adventure, however, you can also expect some good, old-fashioned Scout activities, like service projects, for example. And since the Summit isn’t going to be like jamborees in the past, it is only natural that planners are going big with service projects, as well.

Giving Back In A Big Way

As part of your scheduled activities at the Summit, you and your fellow Scouts will travel off site for a Day of Service. On this day, you will be provided with transportation (and lunch) to 1 of 9 counties surrounding the Summit to help with a service project that will benefit the public (and the Boy Scouts of America’s new neighbors).

In total, around 40,000 Scouts will complete 300,000 community service hours in just 5 days of work! We told you it was going to be big.

Service Projects
At the Summit, you will be a part of one of the largest service projects in the country, with 40,000 Scouts completing nearly 300,000 hours of service. (Photo by Summit Blog Staff)

To decide which project you will be working on, the Boy Scouts of America is working with the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCC-WV), who will serve as the clearing house for all projects.

“We are working with the CCC-WV to engage community leaders and volunteers in 9 counties close to the Summit to identify service projects for the 2013 Jamboree that will have a lasting impact on the area,” said Dave Kopsa, assistant manager of programs for the Summit. “The CCC-WV just released a project application form that interested parties can submit with their ideas for projects. The CCC-WV will then work with the community leaders in each county to prioritize and select projects for the 2013 jamboree.”

Stay tuned to learn more about the Day of Service and to see some of the projects you may be working on.

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