The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

July 15, 2013

Boy Scout Jamboree

Welcome to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

To borrow a line from the motion picture Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come...”

No more true and appropriate words can be uttered this week.

A project of about five years in the making, the Summit Bechtel Reserve will finally welcome the first National Jamboree for the Boy Scouts of America, beginning today.

The high adventure camp will draw an estimated 40,000 scouts from across the United States to the hills of southern West Virginia.

In our humble opinion, their lives will never be the same.

Taking in the majestic beauty of our area, combined with the fun, excitement and challenges the scouts will face — it will be a positive life-changing experience they’ll not soon forget.

It will also be a big 10 days for the people of our region, and it will also be an adjustment and a challenge for those living in the area.

Thousands of scouts and volunteers will pour out over a nine-county area working on various community service projects that will leave a long-lasting effect on our towns and parks.

With the Summit being a permanent site for high adventure, the benefits of hosting the Scouts will be felt for many generations, and won’t be regulated to just a few days every four years. It will host a variety of events annually for years to come.

In fact, in 2019, the World Jamboree is also scheduled to come to the United States — Fayette County specifically.

We know that West Virginia is a perfect place to hold a Scout Jamboree. We’re grateful the BSA agreed, choosing West Virginia over hundreds of applicants.

Area businesses will benefit, with travelers coming here and filling hotel rooms, their gas tanks, while also filling their bellies at area restaurants.

It’s a welcome boon to our region.

Our hope is that the visitors, many whom may be visiting West Virginia for the first time, experience the warmth and hospitality for which we are known.

So if you see an opportunity, greet someone with a smile, let them in your lane while waiting in traffic and be a blessing to a family that has chosen West Virginia as their vacation destination.

Welcome to Wild and Wonderful, “Almost Heaven” West Virginia, Boy Scouts!

Enjoy your stay!


Text Only
Local News
  • ee 1.jpg Energy Express makes impact on students’ lives

    Energy Express to him, Matt White says, is all about a “different experience.”

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • maurices Fostering Self-Esteem

    The local Maurices is involved in a project aimed at making the school transition a little easier this fall for foster children in the area.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Children’s Health and Safety Fair scheduled for August 1

    Montgomery General Hospital and Dr. Traci Acklin have announced that the 2014 Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital.

    July 21, 2014

  • Theater to hold auditions

    Open auditions are set for Tuesday and Thursday at the Historic Fayette Theater for the comedy/drama “Belongings”. Auditions will be held at the theater in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. each evening.

    July 21, 2014

  • asb carver 25 years and counting

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor Made Free concert series

    The next free public concert in the Lively Family Amphitheater Summer Concert Series is a performance Saturday at 6 p.m. by popular band Taylor Made.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Energy Express open house set

    Energy Express, an award-winning summer reading program serving 35+ children in Fayette County, will host a free open house for members of the Beards Fork SALS community. The event takes place on Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • rhody1.jpg Stages of life

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • thurmond depot.jpg Explore town’s rail heritage

    Discover what life was like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns as you join National Park Service rangers and Operation Lifesaver on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explore the historic railroad town of Thurmond.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • apt bldg1.jpg Demolition and disposal

    July 10, 2014 3 Photos