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MOUNT HOPE (NEWS RELEASE) -- Today, the Boy Scouts of America will recognize a select few individuals, families, and organizations whose strong ties to West Virginia and Scouting played an instrumental role in the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve's development over the last six years. Through the official theme "West Virginia Day," the organization will celebrate the relationship of these members, whose vision, hard work, generous funds, and guidance brought the expansive new high-adventure base to life. Together with these members and the state of West Virginia, the organization will celebrate these partnerships.

"The Summit is the largest project ever taken on by the Boy Scouts of America, and we couldn't have achieved this world-class facility without the relationship from the state of West Virginia," said Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. "West Virginia's motto is ‘Montani semper liberi' or ‘Mountaineers Are Always Free,' which is a natural fit with our organization as Scouting was built on the outdoors, and the Summit is built on epic adventure."

Before deciding on the location for the Boy Scouts of America's fourth national high-adventure base, the organization closely reviewed 80 sites in 28 states. The BSA chose the sprawling 10,600 acres in West Virginia for the state's world-renowned adventure sports region known as the New River Gorge. In addition to the excitement, the new permanent home for the iconic national Scout jamboree was selected for its natural beauty, as well as the availability of superior local infrastructure.

"On behalf of the state of West Virginia, I would like to extend another warm welcome to the Boy Scouts of America as we jointly celebrate the state's 150th birthday," said West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "Through our partnership we can accomplish great things, including robust economic development to the state as a result of visiting Scouts and organizations."

The following events will take place during West Virginia Day:

•         Jack Furst Drive Ribbon Cutting: Jack D. Furst played a vital role in the development of the Summit, serving as the key oversight from inception to launch. The main road into and around the Summit will bear his name.

•         Edward H. and Jeanne Arnold Logistics Center Ribbon Cutting: The incredible 100,000-square-foot warehouse structure serves as the focal point for receiving, assembly, and distribution of all supplies during the jamboree.

•         J.W. and Hazel Ruby Bronze Unveiling: The J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center tells the story of the Rubys and the state through the building design, use of native landscape, and narrative features. The building was created by local architects and landscape designers providing a West Virginia welcome to both the Scouting family and visitors.

•         Goodrich Lake Ribbon Cutting: Goodrich Lake is a large, two-part water feature at the heart of Scott Scouting Valley and Scott Summit Center, providing a gateway to nearly every aquatic adventure imaginable, including swimming, canoeing, rowing, exploring, fishing, birding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and nature observation.

•         Thrasher Mountain Ribbon Cutting: On the nearly 28 acres that make up Thrasher Mountain, participants can test out the Park (for skateboarding) and the Trax (BMX). Additionally, attendees can view demonstrations and attend clinics by both top amateur and top professional riders and skateboarders.

•         Harvey Family Mountain Bike Shop and Jared Harvey Mountain Bike Trails Ceremony: The Harvey Family Mountain Bike Shop is a 5,000-square-foot facility for the storage of bikes and associated trail riding gear and equipment, serving as the access to Action Point, where youth can seek both adventure and advice from experts.

Through the generous gifts and guidance of these outstanding individuals with strong ties to both Scouting and West Virginia, the Summit now has deep roots to the state. Since construction of the Summit began in mid-2010, more than 1,000 West Virginians helped with construction. As of opening day (July 15) on-site contractors have employed 952 people, 78 percent of whom are from West Virginia, paying more than $34.5 million in wages. Specifically, over 30 percent of those working on-site are from Fayette, Raleigh, or Nicholas counties. Together, these laborers and the BSA helped build four dams creating 77 acres of lakes, 336 shower houses, 24 miles of roads, 235 miles of trails and pedestrian routes, and a multitude of high-adventure activities for visitors and Scouts.

During the 2013 jamboree, the BSA is giving back to the state as well, by completing more than 300,000 hours of community service at 350 projects at sites in nine counties, performing activities such as clearing brush, completing repairs, cleaning litter, constructing walkways and shelters, and pouring concrete.

Since 1937, the national Scout jamboree has been the BSA's most iconic event and the experience of a lifetime for Scouts from all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures. The Summit will serve as the permanent home for the Boy Scouts of America's national jamboree, a celebration of Scouting held every four years. The jamboree will run July 15–24 and will embody the theme "Go Big. Get Wild." To learn more about the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, please visit https://summit.scouting.org<https://summit.scouting.org/>.

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