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Mayhem Mountain: How Did It Get So Good?

We are now less than one year away from the 2013 National Jamboree and are really starting to feel the excitement building. At the Summit, we have top-notch programming; our BMX riding and skateboarding activity areas are no different. In this post, I’ll share what went into building Mayhem Mountain and why the Summit has some of the best facilities — anywhere — for BMX and skateboarding.  We promise that you’ve never been to a jamboree with this many levels of energy, intensity, and challenge!

All of the BMX and skateboard facilities at the Summit are being designed and constructed by Spohn Ranch. Aaron Spohn, president of Spohn Ranch, is one of the pioneering figures in the skate park industry. In the late 1980s when skate parks were virtually nonexistent, Aaron was lending his skills as a carpenter to various organizations that needed skate park courses for events and competitions. After being pointed in Aaron’s direction by the action sports community, ESPN partnered with him to develop the concept of the X Games and help design the competition courses.

Since that time, Aaron and Spohn Ranch have remained leaders in the action sports industry, providing design and equipment services for nearly every major skateboard and BMX competition, including the X Games and Vans Triple Crown Series. In addition, they have produced over 450 skate parks for communities all across the world.

Aaron didn’t just design the course at the Summit. During the original design discussions for the 2013 National Jamboree, Aaron also suggested the name for the BMX and skate park area at the Summit: Mayhem Mountain.

With a name like that, you can bet that the facilities at the Summit will be awesome.

In my next post we’ll continue our series on the high-adventure activity areas with information about the target sports area.  In the meantime, look for special Summit jamboree program patches in your local Scout shop related to each activity area.

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