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Public invited to The Summit

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Wednesday is the day the public was invited to come out to see what the Summit has to offer.

Throughout the week, boy scout officials estimate 50,000 visitors from all over come and get a small taste of the Jamboree experience.  Just like the scouts, they arrived by the bus load, thrilled to step foot on the Jamboree grounds.
One Wisconsin mother and daughter traveled 14 hours from Wisconsin to see their scout.
"It is amazing, it is amazing, it really is! the tent neighborhoods it is all Phemomenal," Jill Hersperber of Wisconsin said.  She explained this is her son's first Jamboree and he is here along with several other troops from home. Once other scout moms realized Hersperber was going on this trip, they asked her to bring care packages to several of the hometown scouts.
Many of the visitors may actually blend in with the campers. A lot of visitors came off the visitor buses wearing the Boy Scout Uniform.  Some scouts will travel all the way to the Jamboree to buy a visitors pass.   They tell us its a lot cheaper.

"My troop is here," Garvin Klein of Miami Florida said.  He tells 59News it was a long trip that took several days to get to the Summit, but now he and his family have finally arrived.  He said that it is actually cheaper for the family to plan their own route to the Jamboree versus paying the pricey Jamboree fee. "We paid the $150 for a visitor pass," Klein said.

While Klein made the drive all the way from Miami, some of the visitors are just curious to see what is going on in their own back yard!

"It is a very exciting thing for the state of West Virginia and my daughter lives in Fayetteville," Danny Wells of Charleston, West Virginia said. "I just love this area. This is the perfect stop to promote West Virginia and I'm just excited about it," Wells continued.

Visitors passes are limited to the Summit center, which is no small area.  This includes several activities like some of the zip lining, BMX biking and a small skate park.

To purchase visitor passes go to