Close to 50,000 scouts from around the world will be packing the Summit Bechtel Reserve this July. In the meantime, Kenn Miller and other officials at the Summit are working day and night to get ready for the World Scout Jamboree.
“Deadlines are a great thing. It moves people to move in a timely way so our contractors are great. They’re building legacy buildings. They’re going to last forever. The impact of the youth that are going to participate and go through there is significant. So I love that our contractors are so dedicated to the quality and doing it right and getting it done on time,” Miller said.
Miller said the scouts will get to enjoy some new features, including a skate park and ziplining. This means the Summit will also be hosting thousands of volunteers to help operations run smoothly.
“There’s actually a volunteer staff of over 10,000 that augments our 250 seasonal staff to provide programming for these kids. Sun up to sun down, you know run them into the ground until they get tired,” Miller said.
All of this extra construction and hard work will go beyond the Jamboree. Miller said he wants to see this turn into a major tourism mark for other people traveling to the area.
“Well we want to be a good local partner as well and the addition of the bunkhouse and the dining hall allows us to do year-round programming. Just the other day we had a head start program out here, so school groups can be here. We’re going to do a program with WVU where 500 sixth graders from the three area counties will come out for four days and three nights this fall. 80 Students a session, so it’s a big deal,” Miller said.