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Boy Scouts celebrate W.Va. day at The Summit

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The Boy Scouts are celebrating West Virginia, Wednesday.

The organization is recognizing a select few people, families and organizations whose strong ties to the state and Scouting played an instrumental role in The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve's development over the last six years.

The official theme is "West Virginia Day," so the group is celebrating the relationship of these members, whose vision, hard work, generous donations and guidance helped make the jamboree in Fayette County possible.

According to a press release, Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive with the Boy Scouts of America, said, "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.   West Virginia's motto is Montaini semper liberi or Mountaineers are always fee, which is a natural fit with out organization as Scouting was built on the outdoors and the Summit is built an epic adventure."

Leaders with the organization say before deciding on the location for the high adventure base, the group 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."

A press release into our news room lists the following events planned for Wednesday.

•         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.