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WV Boy Scouts to host World Jamboree

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Manchin views the plans for a boy scout camp in Fayette County. Manchin views the plans for a boy scout camp in Fayette County.
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FAYETTE COUNTY (WVVA) - Fayette County will be the center of the scouting world come 2019, for the first time in 40 years.

Senator Joe Manchin took a helicopter tour today of the Summit Bechtel Family National Reserve that's still under construction. The site has been tapped to hose the World Jamboree.

More than 35,000 boy scouts from 220 countries are expected to attend the event.

"I'm not sure if they would have been able to attract a world jamboree if it had not been this location and in West Virginia. So it really all goes hand in hand and it's just a tremendous opportunity," said Senator Joe Manchin.

Scout commissioners picked Fayette County because of the unique scenery and abundance of wilderness.

The 10,600 acre camp is set to open in 2013, in time to host the national jamboree in July 2013.

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