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Boy Scouts encourage tech use at Jamboree

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) -- Boy Scouts are hoping for their first plugged-in Jamboree.

In the past, leaders have encouraged Scouts to leave their high-tech gadgets at home to take advantage of all the outdoor activities.

This year, the Scouts are incorporating technology for the first time.

The Register-Herald of Beckley reports Scouts are encouraged to download a Jamboree app that will guide them through the Summit, where the Jamboree is being held.

The Summit is home to nearly a dozen cell towers and almost 250 Wi-Fi hotspots spread throughout the site.

Also, a group of high-tech, media-savvy Scouts and Venturers are charged with telling the Jamboree story via blogs and social media.

Officials say they hope Scouts will send Twitter messages out, post on Facebook and send streaming video from the 10-day event.

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