The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 16, 2013

Boy Scouts to leave a legacy

The Register-Herald

— Now that the Summit Bechtel Reserve is full of Boy Scouts for the next 10 days, these young leaders of tomorrow are about to embark on myriad trips into many communities spread across southern West Virginia to perform thousands of hours of public service work for the betterment of our region.

More than 300 projects are on tap in counties including Fayette, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Wyoming, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, McDowell and Nicholas.

Work begins Wednesday morning and will run through Friday, and then will pick back up again on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Thousands of Scouts will be fanned out performing a multitude of sweat equity tasks, a perfect example of the BSA’s new focus on sustainability.

Please welcome these youngsters into your communities and say thank you to them if you have the chance.

The vast majority of the work being performed would likely have taken years for many places to pull off, if ever.

What is about to happen is a positive transformation that will leave a lasting legacy that every town can be proud of.

While it is easy to point to the economic benefits that the Summit, the quadrennial Jamboree, and thr permanent High Adventure base will provide for decades to come, these community service projects — some big and some small — are permanent memories and testaments.

It certainly is priceless.