Why 250,000 Boy Scouts are Coming to The New River Gorge And You Should Too (Just Not at the Same Time!)
The beauty of this area is all it takes to understand why the Boy Scouts of America chose to locate their newest camp here in the New River Gorge. Access to so many awesome outdoor activities is what makes it even more special.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the 4th High Adventure Base Camp for the Boy Scouts in the United States. The enormity ($400,000,000) of the project is incredible. The 10,000 acre camp is going to thrust the scouts into the future in a magnificent way.
And the reasons that the Scouts chose the New River Gorge as their camp location are the very same reasons this area is great for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.
The New River Gorge National Park offers truly world class activities in a big way:
- Rock climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Small Mouth Bass Fishing
Darn close to world class (you know I am going to get in trouble for this distinction):
- Bridge Walk
- ATV Trails
- Zip Lines
- Driving tours
- Coal History
Why not at the same time?
The Boy Scouts report that 50,000 scouts will visit every year in all seasons in small groups. We hope these scouts families will stick around after they drop the kids at High Adventure Camp.
But the big scout event here is the 2013 National Jamboree, which will draw 250,000 people to our area July 15-24 2013. Trust us, it will be crazy. We are excited and a little afraid of the unknown. This area does not play host to that many people all summer let alone in a two week period.
So what we’re trying to say is if you are not coming specifically for the Jamboree then you will want to pick another time to visit.
The Boy Scouts trust us enough to spend four hundred million dollars here.
Come see what the scouts already know.