The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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July 24, 2013

Mining merit badge to launch in 2014


THE SUMMIT — - - -

Jamboree Director Larry Pritchard Monday confirmed the death Saturday of an adult male Jamboree volunteer.

Pritchard said the volunteer, whom he wouldn’t identify due to medical privacy laws, collapsed while walking from his campsite toward the site of the Saturday concert. Despite resuscitation efforts from onsite medical staff and later at Plateau Medical staff, he passed away.

The man’s family has been notified.

“Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Pritchard said.

In a separate incident, he said that a single troop of Scouts from Camp C was under isolation overnight Sunday. An adult leader and several Scouts exhibited symptoms of the flu, Pritchard said, so onsite medical staff held them under isolation at the Jamboree site for a few hours.

“They were cleared and are back in the program today,” Pritchard said.

Camp C in its entirety was never in isolation, Pritchard stressed.

“We’re working very hard with Scouts and leaders here to make sure they stay hydrated,” he added. “We continually remind them to continue to drink.”

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Monday was also Sustainability Day at the Jamboree, and the Sustainability Treehouse at the Summit Center was a busy place.

In the 126-foot high treehouse, Scouts and Venturers and their leaders viewed numerous interactive exhibits that detail collaboration in preparing for a sustainable future. The treehouse is designed to generate as much energy as it uses through an array of photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and geothermal energy, according to a Boy Scouts of America press release.

“The Summit is a statement of Scouting’s long-term commitment to sustainability,” said Dan McCarthy, director of the Summit. “The evidence of that is reflected throughout the site in terms of energy and water conservation, recycling practices, reutilization, dedicated conservation areas, endangered species protection and community engagement.”

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