Scouts conquer fear of heights at World Scout Jamboree

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GLEN JEAN, WV (WVNS) — Many activities are offered at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, including rock climbing at a site called the Rocks on the reserve. Portuguese scout Rita Teixeira said she really enjoys being able to climb the walls.

“It’s been fun,” Teixeira said. “The monitors are really cool and helpful. They understand your fears and your difficulties so it’s nice.”

The reserve hired instructors from all over the world to help scouts at the Rocks, including Czech Republic native Karolina Bracova. For her, a typical day consists of helping eager scouts, working with them individually to ensure everyone stays safe while climbing.

“Everyday we check their helmets and harnesses,” Bracova said. “We explain to them how to start the climbing and then they can climb.”

Karolina also said she has to help encourage many scouts daily to get over a fear of heights. For Rita, it is important to not let your fears get in the way of having fun.

“The adrenaline you might feel when you jump or climb something you might fall… even though you’re safe, it’s just a great feeling,” Rita said.

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