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Update: Boy Scouts arrive in Southern West Virginia

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Monday is the big day, when all 40,000+ troops will be headed our way for the National Boy Jamboree in Fayette and Raleigh counties.

59News caught up with an early bird troop as well as locals to find out how excited everyone is for the big event. A Boy Scout troop from Akron, Ohio arrived a few days early to get a preview of all the fun activities Southern West Virginia has to offer.

"It's very nice, it's very beautiful, I would love to live in a place like this," Dustin Archer told us.

Between repelling, rock climbing, and the 100,000 square foot outdoor skateboard park, there's plenty of ways to get that adrenaline pumping. Here's some of what they're most looking forward to.

"Probably the climbing and the zip lining," Archer added.

"(I want to go rafting on) The New River. Some people have told me it's better than the Colorado River," Zachary Callahan said.

"I like just hiking. I like looking around in nature. We've already done some smaller hikes but from what I know we will be doing some bigger hikes at the Jamboree," said Nick Sandone.

"I'm pretty excited for the zip lines. It looks pretty cool," Grant Coleman told 59News.

The Boy Scouts are excited to be here, and we wanted to hear from locals how happy they are to be welcoming in these newcomers to their home town.

"I think it's great. Any kind of boost to our economy that we can have in this area, I'm all for it. I have no problem with it. It also gives everyone a chance to see we are people like everyone else. We are not the people that everyone perceives us to be in other states," Hico resident Kim Perkins told 59News.

"It's wonderful. It'll be good for restaurants and stores and everything," Donna Gibson of Montgomery said.

Some traffic delays are expected in the area over the course of the next few days, but according to Gibson, that's still nothing to complain about.

"Why should it affect us? That's why we're here, that's why he have stores and restaurants, and 4 lane highways, to accommodate traffic and people. Why complain? Be blessed that we have money coming in," Gibson concluded.

The National Boy Scout Jamboree begins Monday and continues until July 24th.







The National Boy Scout Jamboree is only a day away.

59News is headed to Fayette County to talk to those arriving and see how excited they are. Stay with 59News at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.