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Do You Know Where The 2013 Jamboree Is?

The Summit is where? West Virginia? Is that a state?

Oh, I’ve been to Western Virginia

We’ve heard it all.

And now, we want to set the record straight on exactly where you will be when you come to the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Welcome to West Virginia! The southernmost northern state, and the northernmost southern state.

Capital city: Charleston.

Admission to statehood: June 20, 1863.

Awesomeness: Ongoing.

Scouting’s New Home

To be more specific, your new Scouting home is nestled in Fayette County, the heart of the Mountain State. And we’re neighbors to 70,000 acres of the famous the New River Gorge.

If you didn’t know, this is home to some of the best whitewater rafting, hiking, biking and rock climbing in the United States.

What does that mean for you? It means check this out …

Facts About YOUR New Home

  • WV, and the Summit are within a days drive for 60 percent of the U.S. population (Wink, wink … time for a visit?)
  • WV has a mean altitude of 1,500 feet, giving it the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi. Bring your walking shoes.
  • The New River Gorge Bridge, in Fayetteville, (literally, your backyard) is the longest steel-arch bridge in the U.S., spanning 1,815 feet across the New River Canyon. Check out our post on Bridge Day!
  • West Virginia’s motto is “Montani semper liberi” or “Mountaineers Are Always Free.”
  • The New River, which runs by the Summit, is the 2nd oldest river in the world! (Can you name the oldest?)

Time for a trip? 🙂

Have you visited the Mountain State before?


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