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The Boy Scouts have been busy for the first week of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in Fayette County.

As part of the long-standing tradition of volunteerism, scouts traveled every day from the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve to the Camp Creek, Terry and Brooklyn locations in the New River Gorge National River for a number of coordinated service projects.   According to a press release, these volunteer projects contributed towards the completion of a combined 2.9 miles of biking and hiking trails in the park.

In addition, scout troops with mobility impaired members participated in service projects in the Glade Creek area.   More than 200 scouts worked on trail and campground improvements that will provide accessible parking, picnic and fishing areas.

According to the National Park Service, to date, commercial outfitters assisted a total of 7,276 scouts rafting through the Upper Gorge and Lower Gorge.   Commercial rock climbing services guided a total of 225 scouts as they ventured the sandstone cliff faces of the New River Gorge.

On Summit grounds, NPS staff, volunteers and partners from the New River Gorge community and across the nation, continued to engage scouts and visitors from three tents.  In the West Virginia tent, staff concentrated on educating visitors about the rich history, culture and recreational opportunities of scenic West Virginia.   Participants enhanced their comprehension of outdoor ethics in the Leave No Trace tent.   The NPS tent offered event visitors an opportunity to learn the NPS story and mission directly from park service staff stationed throughout the country.

Although New River Gorge National River had staff working at the Jamboree each day, park visitor centers remained open and will continue to be open daily to serve all visitors to the area.   Canyon Rim and Sandstone Visitors Centers will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Grandview Visitors Center will be open noon to 5 p.m. daily and the Thurmond Depot Visitors Center will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.