The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

February 16, 2009

Local site eyed for national scout camp

CHARLESTON — An expanse of land hugging both Fayette and Raleigh counties is the lone choice of the national Boy Scouts of America for a year-round camp offering a smorgasbord of high-adventure fun annually to thousands of visitors.

Just where the land is located wasn’t disclosed Thursday, a day after Gov. Joe Manchin announced the potential boon to West Virginia’s tourism industry.

Word from the Division of Natural Resource was that the Scouts and the property owner were negotiating terms of the sale, including the price.

“This looks to be a really big deal for the state of West Virginia and the scouting organization,” said Hoy Murphy, communications director for the DNR.

“West Virginia has a lot of high-adventure areas that would be appealing to the Scouts.”

In mind are such activities as rock climbing, canoeing, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking — recreation well in abundance at the site being eyed by the Scouts.

Boy Scouts of America sifted through some 80 proposals in 28 states before narrowing its choices for the high-adventure camp in Raleigh/Fayette, if the purchase can be worked out.

And the group is planning on a permanent home for its Jamboree near Goshen, Va., about 60 miles east of White Sulphur Springs.

“There is still a lot of work to be done on it yet,” Murphy emphasized.

No one was saying how much property was involved in the preferred parcel or just when details were expected to be hammered out.

“This would be year-round and open to scouting organizations across the country and around the world,” Murphy said.

“There are only three high-adventure camps in the United States.”

Even in the winter months the site likely would be thriving, especially since the location would be near a major skiing business, Winterplace, it was pointed out.

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