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Boy Scouts are hitting the road to head home. All of this is happening after 10 days of intense adventure in the hills of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

Seven-hundred buses will be rolling through Glen Jean to get the 40,000 scouts back home.

They came the north, south, east and west. It will take 700 buses on 70,000 wheels, pounding thousands of miles of pavement to get these Boy Scouts back home. But for one Delaware based troop their ride home just got a lot longer.

"Well our bus has some problems. From here it is going to be 8 hours and we are hoping the mechanic gets here a little sooner," Toby Ferl, scout from Delaware said.

The wheels on this bus aren't going round and round. This bus full of scouts is grounded until help arrives. It will take the troop close to 8 hours to get home once they get back on the road.

Even though the bus broke down literally just feet away from the entrance to the Summit the boys scouts on board said the Jamboree experience was worth this minor problem.

"We are still in good spirits we are just laughing around joking. We are just still having fun," Sean Davis scout from Delaware said.

For many of these scouts the trip home is bittersweet. They said the will miss all of the fun, but some things cannot compete with the comforts of home.

"It will be nice to actually get a hot shower after 10 days. It was a great experience and I am kind of sad to go," Toby Ferl said.

"It's been a long week and I am just ready to go home take a nap," Sean Davis said.

Getting the scouts home is just the first step. The work continues after the scouts are gone when the crews will have to begin the clean up.


Hundreds of buses are taking the thousands of boy scouts back to their respective states as the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree comes to a close.

About 30,000 scouts and their leaders spend 10 days in the hills of wild, wonderful West Virginia.   They attended concerts, did community service projects, zip lines, rock climbed, biked and hiked their way across the state.

Some have called this year's jamboree the most physically demanding Jamboree.

For the first time, hundreds of girls who are members of Scout Venturing crews came to the Jamboree, while morbidly obese Scouts were not allowed to attend due to the more rigorous health standards.

According to the Associated Press, the Jamboree was held two months after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay boys to participated in Scouting while maintaining a ban on gay adults.   Those rules are effective next January.