The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 24, 2013

So long for now

The Register-Herald

— This morning, hundreds of buses will pull out of the Summit, filled with about 40,000 young men and women who have experienced 10 days of the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree.

As our readers have seen from our expansive coverage of the Jamboree and dozens of community service projects, this was much more that just our grandfather’s campfire stories and roasting marshmallows.

This was high adventure time in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

And we’re extremely proud that the Boy Scouts of America chose West Virginia as its permanent Jamboree home.

We expect that the BSA is confident that it made the correct decision, placing the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County.

When our area began preparing for this event a little over three years ago, we couldn’t quite imagine how an event of this magnitude would come off, how it could be accomplished.

But now, having experienced our first National Boy Scout Jamboree, we can fully appreciate what it means to our region and our state.

It came off magnificently.

Scouts and Venturers from all over the nation, and some from other countries, had a chance to whitewater raft on our rivers, breathe our fresh air, camp under our skies and meet some of our famously sweet, hospitable people.

Hopefully they’ll return many times in their lifetimes.

We believe that these fine young men and women will take a lifetime of memories home from West Virginia. And that they all have a positive image of our great state.

We hope that they fell in love with the small communities in which they performed various service projects, and realized the impact that they can have through a life of service to others.

That they learned many skills that will equip them and prepare them for life.

And that they grew through this experience in a way that they only could have by spending their Jambo days in Almost Heaven, West Virginia.

We salute you Scouts, along with the many volunteers who helped make this vision a successful reality.

The theme for the Jamboree this year was “Go Big. Get Wild.”

Mission accomplished.