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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's huge new Boy Scouts adventure camp will benefit from recent legislative action.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed four bills unanimously passed by lawmakers to help the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. But a proposed constitutional amendment to allow outside groups to lease the tax-exempt Summit failed in the recent session.

The 10,600-acre complex will begin hosting the national Scout jamboree in 2013. One measure will exempt construction materials from the sales tax as contractors develop the Summit. The reserve's attractions will include an 80,000-seat arena.

Tomblin proposed two measures to ensure the reserve will have enough bus drivers and volunteer medical professionals.

The fourth bill passed during the session seeks to upgrade a nearby railroad station to accommodate scouts and their families.

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