EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSScouts, Leaders Begin Arriving For Jamboree
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 11, 2013 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 11, 2013 11:00 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The National Boy Scout Jamboree is set get underway next week.
Scouts and leaders have already started their journey to the Mountain State for the event, which is expected to draw nearly 100,000 people from all across the nation and the world.
“I love to travel, so this is a new experience for me.” Burdell Hall of Phoenix, Arizona said. “ I'm just looking forward to soaking in everything I can.’
About 40,000 scouts and volunteers, along with 50,000 additional visitors are expected to descend on the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope.
Many of them are coming through Yeager Airport in Charleston, then boarding a bus to head to the summit, which has been developed as a high adventure camp.
“It’s almost natural," Bruce Boston said. “Scouts like to go hiking, camping, fishing and we've got it all right here. Now the rest of the nation will see that.”
Boston, from Vienna, W.Va., and his son Steven are volunteering their time at the airport to make sure fellow scouts get a proper welcome to the Mountain State.
“This is my first Boy Scout Jamboree and the first one in West Virginia, so I couldn’t miss it,” Steven Boston said.
Boy Scouts and leaders from across the nation have started arriving in West Virginia for the start of what is expected to be an action packed 10 days at the Boy Scout Jamboree.
The volunteers and staff started arriving Thursday and most of the scouts will arrive Monday.
40,000 scouts and volunteers from all over the world are expected to attend the jamboree, along with 50,000 additional visitors, many coming through Yeager Airport, then boarding a bus to head to the summit.
The national jamboree only comes around once every four years, and this year, girls are allowed to participate.
The volunteers said they were ready and excited. The jamboree runs through July 24.
The weather has caused a few flight delays but there are local Boy Scout volunteers at the airport to try and help smooth out any problems.
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